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The Big Match Preview: Wycombe vs Northampton

All you need to know.

14 August 2018

Team news, tickets, travel and more...

Wycombe Wanderers vs Northampton Town
Tuesday 14th August 2018, k.o. 7.45pm
Carabao Cup Round One

Adams Park
Referee: Stephen Martin

After losing their unbeaten away record in 2018 on Saturday, Wanderers will be hoping to break another sequence tonight - one which has left them without a League Cup win in 90 minutes since 2006.

Only when Colchester were dispatched on penalties in 2011 have the Chairboys tasted victory in this competition since they knocked out Premier League Charlton Athletic to reach the semi-finals nearly 12 years ago.

And you need to go back to 2003 for the last home win in 90 minutes in the League Cup; the now defunct Wimbledon were defeated 2003 in an era even before Matt Bloomfield's time at the club.

Tonight sees Wycombe and Northampton both hunting their first victories of the season, with the newly-relegated Cobblers collecting one point from two games in League 2 - a record matched by the Chairboys who followed their draw with Blackpool with a 3-0 loss at Doncaster.

In the event of a draw after 90 minutes, the game will go straight to penalties (regular ABAB format).

*Click here to read our First Time Fans Guide*

Team news
Michael Harriman returns from suspension while Jason McCarthy could be handed a second debut after rejoining the Chairboys last week. Dominic Gape returned from injury as a substitute at Doncaster, while Scott Kashket took part in the warm-up, leaving only Nathan Tyson and Darius Charles on the treatment table.

Northampton will have John-Joe O'Toole available again despite picking up a knock at Carlisle on Tuesday, but Shaun McWilliams is out with a hamstring strain and ex-Chairboy Junior Morias is expected to feature, as is Aaron Pierre, who starred for the Wanderers from 2014 to 2017.

Man in the middle
Stephen Martin officiated mostly at Championship level last season, but did take charge of Wanderers' 1-1 draw at Exeter in February

It's the experienced referee's first visit to Adams Park since March 2015 - a 2-2 draw with Accrington.

Tickets cost just £10 for adults and £5 for under 18s; both sets of fans can pay on arrival or collect pre-booked tickets from Ticket Office 1. Season ticket holders are reminded they will need to pay for tickets for this fixture, as only league games are included in a season ticket.

Wanderers supporters will be accommodated in the BMI Healthcare Terrace and Beechdean Stand, with the Northampton faithful in the Lords Builders Merchants Stand.

Tonight's programme is a 16-page edition at £1, available from the shop and kiosks.

The Arriva bus service is not in operation for this fixture.

There will be no parking for the general public in the lower tier - spaces in the upper tier are £5 per car.

There is an additional club-run car park behind Origin Global (on the left before the Adams Park gates), priced at £5 a car.

Spaces for pass holders in the club car park are guaranteed up until 7.15pm, after which time the lower tier becomes closed to vehicles due to high pedestrian traffic.

Blue badge holders are required to pre-book one of 15 complimentary parking spaces via the ticket office; otherwise the standard £5 charge applies.

Where to go
Buying tickets for this game - Ticket Office 1 (from 5.30pm).
Collecting pre-booked tickets - Ticket Office 1
Ticket enquiries - Ticket Office 1, window 4
Shop - through the shop doors
Hospitality and boardroom guests - through the arch to the reception desk
Media - through the arch to the reception desk
Players and officials - designated entrance to the right of the shop
Scouts - collection pod opposite Ticket Office 1
Staff/deliveries - delivery entrance to the left of the shop

Food and drink
The bars in the stadium open at 6pm. 

  • Caledonian Suite - home and away fans. Also open at half-time for fans in Beechdean & Bucks New Uni stands.
  • Monty's – closed.
  • Woodlands - members only. Hot food available.
  • Honours - VIP hospitality.
  • Marquee – home and away fans with BBQ.

All bars show Sky Sports and BT Sport on the TVs around the walls.

Inside the stadium, each stand is serviced by a kiosk serving hot and cold food and drink.

Matchday timetable
10am - phone lines and shop open.
5.30pm - Ticket Office 1 opens.
5.45pm - players begin to arrive.
6pm - Caledonian Suite open.
6pm - collection point at blue pod open.
6.15pm - turnstiles open for access to stadium bowl.
6.45pm - teams announced via Twitter.
6.55pm - teamsheets distributed around the bars.
7pm - warm-up begins.
7.40pm - teams emerge from the tunnel.
7.45pm - kick-off.
8.30pm - half-time. Fans in Beechdean Stand & terrace have access to the Caledonian Suite.
8.45pm - second half commences.
9.30pm - full-time. Caledonian Suite open.

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Match Reports

Report: Wycombe 1-1 Northampton (7-6 on penalties)

Shootout success for the Chairboys.

14 August 2018

Wanderers overcame Northampton Town on penalties to reach the second round of the Carabao Cup for the first time in seven years, as Adam El-Abd and Yves Ma-Kalambay made themselves heroes in the shootout.

Randell Williams broke the deadlock with an expert header from Craig Mackail-Smith’s cross but Sam Hoskins made it 1-1 shortly after Ma-Kalambay had denied Ash Taylor from the spot in normal time.

The keeper then made a crucial save in the shootout, with Craig Mackail-Smith also missing his penalty, but El-Abd made sure from 12 yards to send Wycombe into round two.

Both sides were much-changed from their league outings at the weekend, with Gareth Ainsworth shuffling his pack to make seven adjustments to the side that lost 3-0 at Doncaster.

Included in his starting XI were Jason McCarthy, making his second debut after rejoining the club on a permanent deal last week, and goalkeeper Yves Ma-Kalambay who replaced Ryan Allsop.

The first chance of the game fell to the Chairboys and their experienced striker Craig Mackail-Smith, who drilled a smart effort towards the bottom corner from 20 yards, only for Lewis Ward to make a smart stop down to his left.

Yves Ma-Kalambay followed suit with a more routine save at the other end from Billy Waters’ similar effort, before the Cobblers were saved by Shay Facey’s goal-line clearance when Mackail-Smith stayed onside to latch onto Nick Freeman’s through-ball and dink it past the keeper, only to be denied in the nick of time.

Jack Bridge’s header from a deep cross required good reactions from Ma-Kalambay to parry it clear before Dominic Gape bent a shot wide following a free-kick outside the box, and Freeman’s low effort was well handled by the keeper.

Joe Jacobson came off the bench on 35 minutes to replace Sido Jombati, who picked up a knock, before the Cobblers survived a scare as Matt Bloomfield delivered a sumptuous cross from the right which landed just behind Freeman, whose attempts to bundle home were thwarted by the keeper with Mackail-Smith also lurking.

Wycombe were getting closer, and it was captain Adam El-Abd who almost broke the deadlock with a powerful header from Jacobson’s left-wing corner, seeing Ward fly to his left to keep it out.

That kept it scoreless at half-time, with Ainsworth handing a home debut to Bryn Morris at the break in place of Matt Bloomfield, and the loanee saw a shot blocked before the deadlock was broken by another loan signing – Randell Williams – on the 50-minute mark.

The youngster was involved in a move started by Nick Freeman winning the ball in his own half, then feeding Williams who in turn played in Mackail-Smith down the wing. Williams continued his run to perfection, meeting a cross with a bullet header and celebrating in style with a double somersault in front of the terrace.

The goal lifted the crowd almost as much as it lifted the team, who now played with a new-found swagger and confidence, moving it around skilfully and constantly creating space for each other to work in.

A spell of pinball in the Town box nearly brought about a second goal, but Mackail-Smith’s shot deflected to safety, before McCarthy headed narrowly wide from Jacobson’s cross after a corner was cleared out to the left-back.

As the visitors learned to stem the tide, Wanderers replaced goalscorer Williams with Scott Kashket for the striker’s first appearance of the season, while the Cobblers swapped Morias for Sam Hoskins.

Nick Freeman shot wide at the end of a bursting run and Michael Harriman’s first-time rocket was blocked as Wycombe looked to put the tie to bed, but Northampton were given a lifeline when Dominic Gape was adjudged to have fouled Jack Bridge in the box, giving Ash Taylor the chance to level from the spot.

However, Yves Ma-Kalambay dived the right way to make a superb save, only to then be beaten a minute later when a shot from the edge of the box bounced kindly into the path of the sub Hoskins, who made no mistake from close range.

Mackail-Smith had a goalbound header cleared off the line before Dean Bowditch fired straight at Ma-Kalambay in the closing stages, but the match was ultimately to be decided via a penalty shootout.

Yves Ma-Kalambay saved from Jordan Turnbull as the shootout entered sudden death and it was Adam El-Abd who netted the decisive spot-kick to secure Wanderers’ progress in the competition for the first time since 2011.

Dean Bowditch - Scores - 0-1
Joe Jacobson - Scores - 1-1
Sam Hoskins - Hits the post - 1-1
Bryn Morris - Scores - 2-1
Billy Waters - Scores - 2-2
Jason McCarthy - Scores - 2-3
Sam Foley - Scores - 3-3
Craig Mackail-Smith - Over the bar - 3-3
Ash Taylor - Scores - 3-4
Scott Kashket - Scores - 4-4
Jack Bridge - Scores 4-5
Curtis Thompson - Scores - 5-5
Shay Facey - Scores - 5-6
Dom Gape - Scores 6-6
Jordan Turnbull - Saved by Ma-Kalambay - 6-6
Adam El-Abd - Scores - 7-6

Attendance: 1,999 (427 from Northampton)

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Ticket News

Tickets on sale: Northampton (H, 14/08)

Carabao Cup first round tie to be played on Tuesday 14th August (k.o. 7.45pm).

25 June 2018

Wanderers' Carabao Cup first round tie against Northampton Town will be played at Adams Park on Tuesday 14th August, kicking off at 7.45pm.

The Beechdean Stand and terrace will be open for home fans, with the option to open the Origin Family Stand at a later date if demand dictates.

Cobblers fans will be housed in the Lords Builders Merchants Stand.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults (19+): £10
Juniors (18 and under): £5

Call 01494 441118, visit the shop at Adams Park, or go online to book tickets. If purchasing online for the terrace, select 'Terrace and Seats' rather than 'Choose Seats'.

You have three options for receiving your tickets:

1) Have them posted to you (additional fee applies)
2) Collect them from Adams Park, either in advance or on the day of the game
3) Have the tickets sent to you via email, to print off and bring with you, or to show on your smart phone. The barcode is scanned at the turnstile to grant access.

VIP Hospitality
We have two fantastic options for you:

Honours Lounge
Enjoy a one-course meal, reserved car parking, programmes, teamsheets, half-time refreshments, top price ticket for the game and access to the Man of the Match presentation, all for just £30 per person.

Beef Bourguignon with New Potatoes.

Executive Box
Watch the game from the best seat in the house - outside your very own executive box. You'll receive 12 tickets, a one-course meal, reserved car parking, programmes, teamsheets, half-time refreshments, a player visit pre-match and a welcome in the matchday programme.

An executive box for this fixture costs £800 + VAT.

Call 01494 472 100 or email to book your VIP hospitality package no later than 5pm on Wednesday 8th August.

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