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Barnsley vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 16th February 2019, k.o. 3pm
Referee: Matthew Donohue
Wanderers visit Oakwell for the first time in 15 years, looking to avoid a repeat of their loss to league leaders Luton Town last Saturday when they meet second-placed Barnsley who are on an equally impressive run of form.
The Tykes' 1-0 loss at Adams Park in December was their last defeat in the league, and they've only dropped six points from the last 33 available, propelling them into the automatic promotion places.
They're a team that love to score goals, but they'll have to do without leading goalscorer Kieffer Moore who misses out through injury.
Wycombe of course were five games unbeaten prior to the trip to Kenilworth Road and will look to upset the odds by returning to form with a positive result at Oakwell, where they've drawn on both their previous visits.
Advance sales ended on Friday lunchtime with around 300 snapped up by Chairboys fans; tickets are available on the day as follows:
Senior (65+): £18
Pre-booked tickets can be collected from Oakwell Stadium from 1.30pm on the day of the game.
Barnsley's top scorer Kieffer Moore misses out after suffering a nasty head injury in their win at Barnsley, with Mike Bahre or Victor Adeboyejo likely to deputise. Defender Adam Jackson is available again after an absence.
Nathan Tyson was in the Wycombe side the last time they played at Oakwell in 2004 - with Matt Bloomfield an unused sub - and both could be involved again, with only Darius Charles and Yves Ma-Kalambay sidelined through injury. Alex Samuel should recover in time to make the squad after being taken off injured against Bradford a fortnight ago. Jason McCarthy returns to his former club.
Wanderers will be in their regular first-choice light and dark blue kit.
Man in the middle
It's Matthew Donohue's first season as an EFL official, and his first involvement in a Wanderers fixture.
He's shown 91 yellow and five red cards in 25 games so far.
By Adrian Wood
POST CODE: S71 1ET
Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the westbound M40 to Junction 10 and follow A43 towards Northampton to pick up northbound M1. Leave the M1 at Junction 37 and take the A628 towards Barnsley. Stay on this road (the ground is well signposted) and you will eventually see the ground on your right.
Mileage from High Wycombe = 171 (approx. journey time 2 hours 50 minutes)
Recommended area for car parking
Between Oakwell Stadium and the Barnsley Metrodome is a car park for visiting supporters, called the Queens Ground, which costs £5 for Cars (£20 for Coaches). This is just a couple of minutes’ walk from the stadium. SATNAV: S71 1AN
Using the train?
Please note that there is no longer Industrial Action planned which would have affected Northern Services on this day. Barnsley Interchange is roughly a ten-minute walk away from Oakwell Stadium. The station is served by trains running between Sheffield and Leeds. From the interchange turn left away from the town centre and head towards and then under the bridge that the dual-carriageway runs over. Once under the bridge, cross the road carefully, then turn left up the slip road and then take the first road on the right and head towards the Metrodome leisure complex at the top of the hill. Oakwell is now clearly visible.
Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 23,287 (all seated). The away supporters’ section of Oakwell is located in the North Stand. This is clearly signposted and is sponsored by club partner, Palmer Construction. This stand was previously an open terrace but is now a single tier, covered stand, opened in 1999. The facilities and view of the playing action are generally good. The concourse is of a fair size and the acoustics of the stand are pretty good.
Spare time on your hands?
The Metrodome is a designated ‘away’ supporters’ venue, serving food and drink right up to kick off, and is a mere five-minute walk away from Oakwell. Another option is “The Dove Inn” on Doncaster Road. This is only a five-minute walk away down Oakwell Lane and usually has a mixture of home and away fans. The “Barnsley East Dene Working Men’s Club” on Doncaster Road is usually happy to admit visiting supporters for a small donation. You can also leave your car there (charge made). This club is about a ten-minute walk away. Finally, the “Harbour Hills Working Men’s Club” on Vernon Street also usually admits visiting supporters.
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