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Notts County vs Wycombe Wanderers
Friday 30th March 2018, k.o. 3pm
Referee: Ben Toner
The Chairboys kick-off their Easter weekend with a tasty clash against promotion rivals Notts County at Meadow Lane.
Gareth Ainsworth’s men head into the fixture four points and one place above their opponents and will look to come away from Nottingham with a positive result that will strengthen their hold on an automatic spot.
Both sides go into the game looking to get back to winning ways after Wycombe drew 0-0 at home to Port Vale last time out and Notts came unstuck at relegation threatened Chesterfield, losing 3-1.
It was the Magpies who came out on top in the reverse fixture back in August, leaving Adams Park 4-2 winners. Nick Freeman and Joe Jacobson had wiped out County's first-half lead, handed to them by Richard Duffy and a Luke O'Nien own goal, but Jonathan Forte and Lewis Alessandra ensured the points would be heading up the M1.
Kevin Nolan’s team boast the third best home record in the division, while Gareth Ainsworth’s men have the best away record – it is all set up for a classic!
Kevin Nolan will have a near fully fit squad to choose from, with midfielder Michael O’Connor, who has been a long-term absentee, also nearing a comeback.
Wycombe are hopeful that Luke O’Nien will be available for selection after missing the Vale draw through injury last weekend and Nathan McGinley will be available for selection after recovering from illness. Dan Scarr’s ankle problem will keep him out for this one and Sam Saunders and Anthony Stewart edge closer to a return.
Man in the Middle
Ben Toner will take charge of the Good Friday fixture at Meadow Lane having previously officiated Wycombe’s 0-0 draw at Newport County in September.
In 30 games so far this season, Toner has handed out 84 yellow cards and four red.
Wycombe will be in their away orange and gunmetal grey strip for the trip to Notts.
Tickets can now only be purchased on arrival at Meadow Lane.
Wanderers sold out their initial allocation of 800 tickets in The Jimmy Sirrel Stand (all seated, under cover), though there will be plenty available on the day.
Prices are as follows:
Seniors (60+): £16
Young Adults (18-21): £16
Under 18s: £9
Under 16s: £7
Under 12s: £1 (must be accompanied by adult/senior)
Under 7s: FREE
There are no cash turnstiles in operation at the away end, and therefore Wycombe fans are asked to buy from the away ticket booth on the day of the game.
Pre-booked tickets can be posted, collected from the away ticket booth from 1.30pm on the day of the match.
By Adrian Wood
Postcode: NG2 3HJ
Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the normal route to the northbound M1 (M40 and A43). Continue on the M1 as far as J24. Follow signs for Nottingham on the A453, continuing through Clifton and passing Trent University on your left. At the next traffic lights, continue straight on and follow the signs for West Bridgford (B679). Continue for two miles before turning left at the junction onto the A60 (Loughborough Road) signposted Nottingham. Continue over Trent Bridge and take the first right at the lights into Cattle Market Road (A6011, signposted Southwell, Colwick A612). Meadow Lane stadium is on the right.
If you would prefer not to drive into Nottingham centre, the Clifton South Park & Ride site is clearly signposted off the A453. You can take a tram towards the City Centre – Station Street is the nearest stop to Meadow Lane.
Mileage from High Wycombe = 124 (average journey time 2 hours 15 minutes)
Suggested car parking area
Next to the ground, to the rear of the Jimmy Sirrel stand, there is parking available in the Cattle Market and there are also private, manned, parking sites on Meadow Lane - all ‘pay at the gate’. Parking charges currently average £4.00 per vehicle
Fancy using the train?
East Midlands Trains offer a regular service from London St Pancras International, with fastest journey time 1 hour 40 minutes. One possibility is the 11.15 departure that arrives in Nottingham at 12.55. First return service is at 17:32 arriving back in the capital at 19:15. Meadow Lane is about a 10-minute walk from the station. Turn left out of the station along the covered walkway and left into Queens Road. Turn right at the T-junction into London Road. Take the first left into Cattle Market Road (signposted Nottingham Racecourse) for the away turnstiles.
Facilities for away fans
During the early 1990s the ground was completely rebuilt, creating an attractive all seater stadium. Away fans are housed on one side of the Jimmy Sirrel Stand, located on one side of the ground. The normal allocation for this area is around 1,300. It is accessed via turnstiles on County Road. Entry is by ticket only and any fans arriving without a ticket should go to the away supporter ticket booth located at the back of the Jimmy Sirrel Stand. Visiting fans should note that on-the-day ticket purchases are cash only. The views are generally good as are the catering facilities.
Spare time before or after match?
The Supporters Club at the ground and the nearby Trent Navigation Inn on Meadow Lane tend to be for home fans only. One option is the “Trent Bridge Inn” near to the cricket ground. This is a Wetherspoons pub. There is also the “Southbank Bar” that serves excellent food and real ales. If you travel by train, then just across from the front of the station down Queensbridge Road is the "Vat and Fiddle" situated next door to the Castle Rock micro-brewery. It offers ten real ales, food and children are welcome.
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