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The Big Match Preview: Notts County vs Wycombe

All you need to know.

29 March 2018

Team news, tickets, travel and more.

Notts County vs Wycombe Wanderers
Friday 30th March 2018, k.o. 3pm
Meadow Lane
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!

Team News
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.

Kit
Wycombe will be in their away orange and gunmetal grey strip for the trip to Notts.

Tickets
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:
Adults: £22
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.

Travel
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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Match Reports

Report: Notts County 0-0 Wycombe

Stalemate at Meadow Lane.

30 March 2018

Fourth-placed Notts County and third-placed Wycombe earned a point apiece from a hard-fought goalless draw at Meadow Lane on Good Friday.

Both sides had chances to win it with Shola Ameobi and Elliott Hewitt striking the post for the hosts, while Sido Jombati did the same for the Wanderers and Adebayo Akinfenwa went close with a series of second-half efforts.

Gareth Ainsworth made three changes to the side that drew 0-0 with Port Vale last weekend, as Dominic Gape missed out due to injury while Luke O’Nien returned after a knee problem and Craig Mackail-Smith and Matt Bloomfield came into the side, with Nick Freeman and Curtis Thompson missing out.

After both sides emerged to an electric atmosphere inside Meadow Lane, the opening to the game was relatively quiet, with Notts defending well against a couple of early corners from the visitors.

The first chance of the game fell to the Magpies, with Scott Brown saving a low drive from Terry Hawkridge after Lewis Alessandra fed the ball into the path of his team-mate on 15 minutes.

They went closer on 22 minutes when Hawkridge found space to cross from the right and his delivery worked its way through to Shola Ameobi, who could only prod it against the post from six yards out.

At the other end, Adebayo Akinfenwa stabbed over after the ball fell kindly for him inside the box, before Joe Jacobson was booked for a foul on Hawkridge and Nathan Tyson followed him soon after, illegally stopping Dan Jones’s breakaway.

There was a flash point on 34 minutes when Notts appealed for a penalty as Ameobi went to ground under pressure from Adam El-Abd, but the referee waved away the appeals and proceeded to send Notts boss Kevin Nolan to the stands for his vehement protests, having issued him with a warning moments before.

As the rain fell heavily, right-back Tafari Moore collected an injury and was unable to continue, prompting a return to the side for Michael Harriman, making his first appearance from the bench since breaking his leg in training in October.

Then some hesitant defending from the Chairboys saw the ball break kindly for Matt Tootle to fire goalwards, with Brown equal to his effort, before the half came to an end with deadlock intact.

There were no changes during the break, and a yellow card was dished out to Chairboys keeper Brown for taking too long over a free-kick, before Hawkridge collected County’s first caution for a foul in the centre circle.

Harriman had a sight of goal when Joe Jacobson’s deep free-kick resulted in keeper Adam Collin left his line to punch the ball clear, but the effort flew over the bar from 30 yards.

Then Wycombe had the ball in the net when Nathan Tyson converted Akinfenwa’s header across goal from a free-kick, but the linesman’s flag was up to indicate an offside decision, and then County’s Tootle saw yellow.

Notts made the first change, introducing highly-rated Nottingham Forest loanee Jorge Grant for Hawkridge, and the game began to open up with both sides venturing into the opposition box only for moves to break down before the killer ball could be delivered.

Matt Bloomfield hit a left-footed half-volley wide from 20 yards before Sido Jombati went close to a second goal in as many away games, heading against the wrong side of the post from a Jacobson corner.

Shaun Brisley was the latest player to enter referee Ben Toner’s notebook for an act of dissent on 77 minutes, before Akinfenwa fired wide from just inside the box.

He went closer moments later, sending his header on target only to be denied by a smart stop from Collin, and made it a treble of successive opportunities when he shot wide of the near post.

Action swung to the other end and the woodwork was struck for the third time in the game when Elliott Hewitt met Jon Stead’s cross and his bundled effort was parried onto the post by Brown, before the Notts midfielder hit the rebound wide.

Liam Noble was booked before Akinfenwa put another chance a yard wide as the game ticked towards the 90-minute mark, and Paris Cowan-Hall came on for Craig Mackail-Smith just as six minutes’ stoppage time was added on.

There were further bookings for Ameobi and El-Abd following an altercation before a last-gasp corner gave County an opportunity to snatch all three points at the death, but Scott Brown held on to the ball, the point and a second successive clean sheet to keep maintain a four-point gap between the sides.

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Ticket News

Ticket details: Notts County (A, 30/03)

Pay on the day only at Notts County.

28 March 2018

Tickets for the Chairboys' Sky Bet League Two match at Notts County on Friday 30th March (k.o. 3pm) 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:

Adults: £22
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 Adams Park before 1pm on Thursday 29th March, or from the away ticket booth from 1.30pm on the day of the match.

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