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The Big Match Preview: Solihull vs Wycombe

It's FA Cup time!

2 November 2017

Team news, tickets, travel and more.

Solihull Moors vs Wycombe Wanderers
Sunday 5th November October 2017, k.o. 2pm
The Automated Technology Group Stadium
Emirates FA Cup First Round
Referee: Brett Huxtable

Wanderers’ last actions in the Emirates FA Cup were to proudly applaud their supporters at White Hart Lane after having their hopes of a huge upset against Tottenham Hotspur taken away in heartbreaking fashion in stoppage time.

Their next adventure begins on Sunday, with a visit to the National League’s bottom side Solihull Moors in the first round of this season’s competition, eager to avoid an upset and return to winning ways after five games without a victory in all competitions.

Solihull overcame Ossett Town in a fourth qualifying round replay in what was unfortunately a rare win for the Moors, with five defeats in their last eight games contributing to the departure of boss Richard Money after a short spell in charge.

Assistant manager Gary Whild is in the hotseat as they bid to leave their disappointing league form behind them to spring a surprise on the Chairboys, who edged past non-league opposition in the third round last season, beating Stourbridge 2-1.

Team news
Solihull could name Sean St Ledger in their side after the locally-born defender joined the club last week, while quartet Nathan Vaughan, Richard Brodie, Tahvon Campbell and Wes McDonald have all recently departed.

Wycombe hope to welcome Dan Scarr and Anthony Stewart back into the fold, while Sido Jombati is also close to a return following injury, though Michael Harriman, Nathan Tyson and Scott Kashket remain long-term absentees with Josh Umerah also sidelined for a spell.

Man in the middle
Brett Huxtable takes charge of his second Wycombe game this season, having officiated in the 2-1 win at Colchester in September.

He’s shown 51 yellow cards and one red card in his 15 games in the middle so far.

Wanderers will be wearing their Utilita-sponsored orange away strip for the game at Solihull.

This fixture was all-ticket for away fans, and the deadline to purchase tickets has now passed.

Pre-booked tickets can be collected from the ticket office at Solihull’s ground.

By Adrian Wood

Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the M40 towards Birmingham and at Junction 3A use the left two lanes to take the M42/Railway Station/Airport exit signed M1/M6/Birmingham (E, N & C) / Solihull / N.E.C. Merge onto the M42 and continue to Junction 5. Leave the motorway and take first exit at the roundabout towards Solihull, A41. Stay on the by-pass (dual carriageway) until you reach two sets of traffic lights close together. Turn right at the second set of traffic lights onto Yew Tree Lane which leads onto Damson Parkway. Go past BUPA Spires Parkway Hospital on your left and follow Damson Parkway for just over 1 mile to the roundabout at the Jaguar Land Rover Works. Turn right at the roundabout and the ground entrance is 100 yards on your left.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 84 (average journey time 1 hours 35 minutes)

Suggested car parking area
Apparently the club has parking spaces available on site for a charge of £2 per car. However as these will be in demand on the day, supporters will be advised to use the NCP car parks located less than 1 mile from the ground at the Birmingham Cargo Airport Terminal and the Travelodge Hotel. There is a footpath which runs from the car parks to the ground or alternatively the 'X12' and '966' buses run from adjacent to the car parks to just past the ground entrance. On police advice local street parking is not recommended.

Free bus shuttle service
Solihull Moors and Wycombe Wanderers have teamed up to arrange a free shuttle coach service to carry fans of both clubs between Solihull town centre and the Moors’ home ground for Sunday’s FA Cup first round tie (k.o. 2pm).

The two sides meet for the first time at The Automated Technology Group Stadium with a bumper crowd expected, the shuttle service has been put in place due to the ground being some distance from the rail station, and parking being limited.

There will be three trains arriving at Solihull Railway Station from High Wycombe at 10:44, 11:44 and 12:44.

There are then four shuttle coach departure times from Solihull Railway Station, at 11:50, 12:20, 12:50 and 13:15.

Each coach will also stop off in the town centre on Warwick Road (Beech House pub bus stop) at 11:55, 12:25, 12:55 and 13:20.

The drop off point will be the bus stop on Damson Lane. This is a short two minute walk from the ground.

After the match, the shuttle bus service departs from outside the ground on Damson Parkway at 16:05, 16:35 and 17:00. The bus will once again stop in Solihull town centre and then Solihull Railway Station.

Journey time on the shuttle bus is approximately 15 minutes each way.

Trains depart for High Wycombe from Solihull at 16:04, 17:04, 18:04 and 19:04.

*Places on the shuttle coach services will be on a first come first served basis.
**There is no alcohol to be brought on board.

Fancy using the train?
Both Solihull Station and Birmingham International Station are located within 3 miles of the ground and are both served by the 'X12' and '966' bus services which run directly between the two stations and past the ground. As regards the buses however remember this is a Sunday fixture so allow extra time for the journey. Journey time from Wycombe to Solihull is 1 hour 10 minutes and there is an hourly service on Sundays, trains departing Wycombe at 34 minutes past the hour. 

Facilities for away fans
Away fans are in the DrainTech Terrace at one end of the ground. This terrace is covered and has seven steps. The available seating is in a small temporary seated stand on the Main Stand side of the ground, which is located towards the away terrace. There is a base of a floodlight pylon located in the middle of this stand which will make viewing of the game from seats located behind it rather difficult. The acoustics of the away terrace are good, meaning that a good atmosphere can be generated. Please note that on reaching the ground then the away end is at the opposite end to the ground entrance, so you have to go around the club car park to your right to reach the visitors turnstiles.

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Match Reports

Report: Solihull 0-2 Wycombe

Chairboys progress to Emirates FA Cup second round.

5 November 2017

Wycombe overcame National League side Solihull Moors to progress to the second round of the Emirates FA Cup, with both goals in a 2-0 win coming in the first half.

Nick Freeman converted the first after Craig Mackail-Smith turned the ball into his path from a long ball into the area, before Mackail-Smith himself doubled the lead, firing home a rebound after Adebayo Akinfenwa hit the bar with a header.

Scott Brown produced smart saves from Oladapo Afolayan and Jermaine Hylton as the Moors looked for a route back into the game, while Marcus Bean came close to a first Wanderers goal at the other end, firing narrowly wide from inside the box.

Gareth Ainsworth recalled Dan Scarr and Anthony Stewart to the defence after the pair had been sidelined through injury, while Matt Bloomfield captained the side in midfield with Ebere Eze unable to play for the Chairboys in the FA Cup under the terms of his loan spell from QPR.

Solihull provided an early scare when Darren Carter took a quick free-kick down the left side of the penalty area and a low cross-shot from Jermaine Hylton was denied by the legs of Scott Brown, with the ball bouncing to safety.

At the other end, the hosts struggled to clear Joe Jacobson’s free-kick and after Sam Saunders won possession back high up the pitch, Anthony Stewart’s shot was deflected behind for a corner.

The breakthrough came 16 minutes in and there was a touch of fortune about it as a long ball into the box missed to head of Adebayo Akinfenwa and the ball took a fortuitous touch to change direction across the six-yard box before being turned into the bottom corner by Nick Freeman.

The lead was almost doubled on 27 minutes after a flowing move down the right from the Chairboys, with Matt Bloomfield’s fierce low cross being turned goalwards on the volley by Akinfenwa but keeper Charlie Bannister flew to his right to palm it away superbly.

But it didn’t take long for the second goal to arrive, and it was a case of third time lucky after Anthony Stewart and Adebayo Akinfenwa struck the woodwork with headers before the ball fell to Craig Mackail-Smith to stab home from close range.

Sean St Ledger should have done better when Darren Carter’s free-kick remained in danger and found the defender at the back post, but he took too long to get his shot away and Wanderers were able to retain their two-goal advantage.

Mackail-Smith then collected Joe Jacobson’s excellent diagonal pass and curled wide from just inside the area, before Stewart stung the palms of Bannister with a powerful low drive from 20 yards.

Moments later, Mackail-Smith twisted his man inside and out before shooting at goal only for his effort to deflect behind for a corner, and had another shot before the interval, firing straight at the keeper from Bloomfield’s assist.

A rare chance presented itself to the Moors when Akwasi Asante curled high over the bar from a Darren Carter pass, while Oladapo Afolayan shot harmlessly wide after the break, with no changes from either side during the interval.

Solihull’s first change arrived on the 55th minute when Chris Camwell replaced Ashley Sammons, and they almost halved the deficit when Oladapo Afolayan cut in onto his right foot and bent a shot goalwards which deflected and looped over the head of Scott Brown, only for the keeper to fly backwards and tip it brilliantly over the bar.

Wycombe’s first change saw Paris Cowan-Hall come on for Freeman, and then Joe Jacobson’s low free-kick curled all the way into the arms of the keeper with any deflection likely to have taken it into the net.

However there was a blow when Anthony Stewart was forced off with an injury on 75 minutes, with Adam El-Abd taking his place in defence, while there was almost a first Chairboys goal for Marcus Bean when he collected Cowan-Hall’s cute pass in the area but fired wide as he attempted to bend it into the corner.

It would have wrapped up the win, but minutes later it was nearly 2-1 when Asante broke free down the right and his low cross sparked a spell of pinball, which involved Jermaine Hylton’s effort being denied at point-blank range by Brown. Then Afolayan struck low from the corner of the area, but again couldn’t beat the keeper.

The Moors winger was replaced by George Carline shortly after, before Akinfenwa poked over the top after meeting Cowan-Hall’s knockdown around the penalty spot.

Dayle Southwell came on for Mackail-Smith in the 90th minute and was involved in a move which saw Bloomfield break into the box only for the ball to ricochet unkindly for a goal-kick, while Hylton raced goalwards in stoppage time but Dan Scarr’s presence put him under enough pressure to enable Brown to save comfortably.

That was that, and Wanderers will now look out for ball number 35 when the second round draw is made on Monday evening from 7pm.

Attendance: 1,545 (807 from Wycombe).

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Ticket News

Tickets on sale: Solihull Moors (A, 05/11) - ALL-TICKET

FA Cup tie to be played on Sunday 5th November.

31 October 2017

Wycombe Wanderers will travel to Solihull Moors for the Emirates FA Cup first round tie on Sunday 5th November (k.o. 2pm).

Although not chosen for a live television broadcast, the fixture has been selected for coverage on BBC Sport’s Final Score programme.

Wanderers have been given an allocation of 1,300 tickets, to include 350 uncovered seats on a first-come-first-seated policy on the day. The remaining 950 tickets will be in the terrace.

Please note this is an all-ticket fixture for away fans, which means tickets must be purchased in advance and cannot be bought on the day of the game.

Prices are as follows:

Adults (18-64): £15
Concessions*: £10
Juniors (12-15): £10
Under 12s: FREE with a paying adult

*Concessions are classed as seniors aged 65+, serving military personnel with valid ‘Forces ID’ card, students with valid NUS card, and young adults aged 16-17.

Book online, call 01494 441118, or visit the shop at Adams Park to make your purchase.

You can travel to the game via a free bus shuttle service from Solihull town centre; click here for details.

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