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Rochdale vs Wycombe Wanderers
Friday 19th April 2019, k.o. 3pm
Crown Oil Stadium
Referee: Andy Haines
One swallow doesn't make a summer, and while the 2-0 victory at Southend was greeted with equal quantities of relief and celebration, the Chairboys know they must re-focus and knuckle down to ensure their climb away from the bottom four continues.
The 12-game wait for a win was ended with a typically assured performance which was finally rewarded with the result the Blues craved, and backing it up with victories over Rochdale and Walsall over the Easter weekend could guarantee the conclusion of the long ongoing fight for survival.
But Rochdale are another side in the relegation shake-up who've proved they're more than up for the fight in recent weeks, climbing out of the bottom four thanks to an upturn in performances and results under new boss Brian Barry-Murphy, who's overseen three wins, two draws and just two defeats since taking charge.
The reverse fixture saw Gareth Ainsworth's men record their most comfortable and accomplished win of the season to date, but matters at the Crown Oil Arena are likely to be far tighter, as Wycombe return to a venue where they've lost on their last three visits, and are winless since 2008.
Wanderers sold just under 300 tickets before tickets went off advance sale on Thursday lunchtime, but Blues fans can buy on arrival at the Crown Oil Arena.
Tickets are in the Willbutts Lane Stand (unreserved seating), with prices as follows.
Young Adults: £16
Wheelchair users: £16 (carer goes free)
Under 2s: Free
Seniors are classed as ages 65+, young adults are ages 17-21, and juniors are aged 16 and under. Tickets for under 2s must be purchased with a paying adult or concession. Please note there is no student concession on offer.
Pre-booked tickets can be collected from Adams Park before 1pm on Thursday 18th April, or from Rochdale's stadium on the day of the game from 1.30pm.
Rochdale could have a near fully-fit squad to choose from following Calvin Andrew's return from injury, with Rekeil Pyke the only absentee.
Wycombe are without Darius Charles, though Nathan Tyson and Luke Bolton could return.
Wanderers will be in their orange change strip.
Man in the middle
Experienced official Andy Haines was last in charge of a Wycombe game in November, overseeing the 3-2 victory over Shrewsbury at Adams Park.
He's shown 103 yellow and four red cards in 35 games this term.
By Adrian Wood
POST CODE: OL11 5DR
Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the normal route to the northbound M6 (M40 and M42). At Junction 21A (M62) keep forward (signposted Manchester), then in 0.5 miles branch left to join the eastbound M62. At J12 join the M60 (signposted Ring Road North, Leeds, Bolton). After 7.4 miles, continue forward onto the M62 (signposted Leeds, Huddersfield, Rochdale, M62). Exit the M62 at J20 and follow signs for Rochdale along the A627(M). At the first set of traffic lights keep left, sign posted Bury and Rochdale Town Centre. Bunnings Warehouse will be on your right-hand side, follow this road until the next set of traffic lights. Here you need to be in the second lane of four lanes, to head straight across (sign posted Blackburn). Follow this road (Roch Valley Way) until the next set of traffic lights, remaining in the left-hand lane. At the traffic lights go straight ahead on to Sandy Lane (the Cemetery pub should be on your right-hand side). Continue along this road and the Stadium is on your right-hand side after approximately half a mile.
Mileage from High Wycombe = 197 (approx. journey time 3 hours 45 minutes).
Recommended area for car parking
Street parking is available around the stadium, however, please be aware that parking restrictions are in place in the yellow coned areas – these are monitored by traffic control. Parking is also available at a local high school, which is around half a mile from the ground: Oulder Hill Community School, Greave Avenue, Rochdale, Lancashire, OL11 5EF
Using the train?
Rochdale Railway Station is just under two miles away from the ground and is served by direct trains from Manchester Victoria and Leeds. Alternatively, you can get a Metrolink tram to Rochdale Interchange from central Manchester. Be warned that the station is around a 35-40-minute walk from the Crown Oil arena.
Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 10,000. Visiting supporters are housed in the Willbutts Lane Stand (Reside Estate and Lettings Agency). This is a covered stand and the view of the action and facilities within are both pretty good. Turnstiles open an hour before kick-off. The match day programme “Voice of Spotland”, priced at £3, is available to purchase from the Club Shop or from programme sellers around the ground.
Spare time on your hands?
There are two bars at the ground. “Studds” is located underneath the Pearl Street Stand while “The Ratcliffe Arms” is located at the car park entrance to the ground, on Sandy Lane. The Cemetery Hotel, located at the bottom of Sandy Lane and on the corner with Bury Road, is also worth a visit. Alcohol is available inside the ground, although it is cans poured into plastic glasses.
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