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Crawley Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
Wednesday 21st March 2018, k.o. 7.45pm
Referee: Graham Horwood
It’s Wednesday night football for the Chairboys for the first time in two years, and with the 2-0 win at Barnet on Saturday still fresh in the memory, Gareth Ainsworth’s men are looking to gather momentum with another victory over the victims of their biggest triumph so far this season.
When Craig Mackail-Smith rattled home a hat-trick to cap a 4-0 win over Crawley at Adams Park in November, Harry Kewell’s Reds looked destined for a relegation scrap, sitting just three points above the drop.
But their remarkable turnaround has seen them climb into play-off contention, now sitting in 12th place and hoping to move to within five points of the top seven with a victory tonight, having won one and drawn one of their previous two home games against the Chairboys.
Wanderers haven’t lost away since Christmas and would go third if they avoid defeat, but a 20th victory and 10th clean sheet of the league season will be the target as they make the trip round the M25.
Crawley have left-sided player Jordan Roberts available again after injury but defender Josh Yorwerth is suspended while Billy Clifford and Thomas Verheydt remain suspended.
Wycombe will assess Dan Scarr’s ankle problem that kept him out of the win at Barnet, while Michael Harriman is in full training again after recovering from a broken leg and Sam Saunders and Anthony Stewart edge closer to a return.
Man in the middle
Graham Horwood was in charge of the Chairboys’ first game of the season – a 2-2 draw with Lincoln – as well as Crawley’s 3-1 loss at Colchester a month later.
In all, he’s shown 64 yellow and one red card in his 20 games so far this campaign, awarding three penalties.
Wycombe will be in their regular light and dark blue quarters with dark blue shorts and socks for this fixture.
Tickets can now only be purchased on arrival at the stadium. Pre-booked tickets will be available to collect from 6.30pm.
Seating – Checkatrade.com Stand
Seniors (65+): £15
Ages 18-21: £13
Ages 16-17: £10
Ages 11-15: £4
Under 11: £1
Family (one adult plus one under 16): £17
Family (two adults plus two under 16s): £34
Standing – KR-L Stand
Seniors (65+): £12
Ages 18-21: £11
Ages 16-17: £10
Ages 11-15: £4
Under 11: £1
Family (one adult plus one under 16): £15
Family (two adults plus two under 16s): £30
By Adrian Wood
Postcode: RH11 9RX
Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the M40 towards London and at junction 1A take the M25 South sign posted M4/M23/Heathrow Airport. Carry on the M25 until junction 7 and take the M23 South exit signed Brighton/Gatwick Airport. Leave the M23 at Junction 11 (sign posted A264 Horsham, Pease Pottage Services). At the roundabout at the end of the motorway slip road turn right onto the A23 going towards Crawley. The ground is on the left just before the next roundabout. Turn left at the roundabout and left again for the stadium car park.
Mileage from High Wycombe = 64 (average journey time 1 hour 33 minutes)
Suggested car parking area
There is a car park at the Stadium, spaces available on a first come first served basis at £5. There are free parking options available that are a just a few minutes’ walk from the Stadium on Brighton Road. These are signposted as you approach the stadium.
Facilities for away fans
Away fans are primarily housed in the KR-L Stand at one end of the ground. This mostly covered terrace can accommodate up to 1,600 fans. A small number of seats are also available to away supporters in the West Stand. The facilities at the stadium are pretty good.
Spare time before or after match?
All fans are welcome to use the Redz bar, which is situated at the southern end of the ground, at the back of the Structured Communications South Terrace. You can buy a hot snack or rolls here as well as drinks. The closest hostelry to the stadium is “The Half Moon” on Brighton Road (A2219). This is about a five minute walk away going towards the town centre. Another pub close by is “The Downsman”, which is on Wakehurst Drive, just off Southgate Avenue. Please note that alcohol is NOT available inside the ground for away supporters.
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