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Peterborough United vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 2nd March 2019, k.o. 3pm
ABAX Stadium (London Road)
Referee: Seb Stockbridge
Matt Bloomfield was on the scoresheet on the Chairboys' last visit to London Road some 12 years ago; now he prepares to line up for his 500th professional career appearance, as the Blues bid to kickstart their form against the promotion-chasing Posh.
The Wycombe midfielder's milestone is the first of two consecutives anniversaries he'll celebrate; his next appearance after this will be his 500th for the club, but his one outing for boyhood club Ipswich Town means his fifth century of total matches played will most likely be reached against Darren Ferguson's men.
It's a third spell in charge at London Road for the son of Sir Alex, who returned to the hotseat in January following the dismissal of Steve Evans. He's presided over one win, one draw and three defeats in his current tenure, resulting in Posh slipping just outside the play-off zone.
As for the Wanderers, three successive defeats have stretched their winless run to five, which was preceded by a five-game unbeaten stretch, which in turn ended a four-game losing streak. Gareth Ainsworth wants his side to achieve consistency in the bid to secure their survival and finish the season strongly, and there's no better time to start than now.
Advance sales ended on Friday lunchtime with around 470 snapped up by Chairboys fans; tickets are available on the day as follows:
Senior (60+): £21
Under 22: £17
Under 18: £9
Under 12: £7
Under 7: £1
Pre-booked tickets can be collected from the ABAX Stadium from 1.30pm on the day of the game.
Peterborough are without striker Ivan Toney, who serves a one-game suspension, with Matty Godden set to replace him in attack. Siriki Dembele and Josh Knight are also out with injuries, but Daniel Lafferty should return.
Wycombe welcome back Luke Bolton, after he missed the defeat to Gillingham, but Scott Kashket is a doubt with a hamstring strain. Adam El-Abd misses out following his red card at Barnsley.
Wanderers will be in their white change strip.
There will be a minute’s applause in memory of two former Posh players that have sadly passed away in recent weeks. Ian Ross and Bobby Doyle both played with huge distinction for the football club. The club will also be making floral tributes to two supporters who passed away this week, Christine Malinowski and Tom Lindsey, and acknowledging their support for the football club just ahead of the teams coming out.
Man in the middle
It's Seb Stockbridge's first game in charge of a Wycombe fixture since September 2016; a 1-0 loss at Carlisle.
He's shown 84 yellow card and one red card in 28 games so far this season.
By Adrian Wood
POST CODE: PE2 8AL
Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the M40 towards London and at Junction 1A take the northbound M25 (signed Watford). Leave the M25 at Junction 21A and take the A405 (signed St Albans). After 2.1 miles at the Park Tree roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A414 (signed Hatfield). Continue on the A414 for almost 5 miles and then join the A1(M) motorway, signed ‘The North’. Exit the A1 at junction 17 and follow signs to Peterborough (A1139) onto the A1139 Fletton Parkway. Exit the Fletton Parkway at junction 3. At roundabout turn left onto the A1260 Nene Parkway. Take first exit and at roundabout turn right. Turn left at the next roundabout onto Shrewsbury Avenue. At T-junction after half a mile, turn right into the A605 Oundle Road. Follow road for one mile. Access to the stadium is straight on at traffic lights just before the town bridge.
Mileage from High Wycombe = 98 (approx. journey time 1 hour 45 minutes)
Recommended area for car parking
On a match day, there is no public car parking at the ABAX stadium. However, there is parking for cars in the Pleasure Fair Meadow council and Railworld car parks opposite the stadium (adjacent to the Town bridge on Oundle Road). There is street parking to be found on side streets further up Oundle Road (going away from London Road).
Using the train?
London North Eastern Railway operate a regular service out of London Kings Cross the fastest journey time being 46 minutes. From the station turn right and head towards the main road (Bourges Boulevard). Turn right and head towards the big roundabout. Use the pedestrian underpass and head past Asda. At the traffic lights, turn right and the ground is situated on the left-hand side over the town bridge. There’s plenty of options for the return for example the 17:34 (arrives KX at 18:29), the 17:51 (arrives 18:46) and the 18:10 (arrives 19:01)
Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 15,314. Gone is the Moy’s End terrace that housed away fans for decades. Away fans are normally housed in part of the Main North Stand (towards the Motorpoint Stand). Turnstile numbers are 2,3 and 4. The view from this stand is quite good, although the facilities inside (such as the refreshment area and toilets) are on the small side and are quite basic. In the upper part of the stand, the seating is wooden, giving an indication of the age of the stand.
Spare time on your hands?
The ground is within walking distance (10 minutes) of the city centre where there are plenty of good pubs to be found. The “Brewery Tap” near to the station on Westgate, is worth a visit. Close to the ground is an unusual drinking outlet called “Charters” - a former Dutch barge just a few minutes’ walk away London Road. A little further away is the Palmerston Arms on Oundle Road which apparently has up to 14 real ales. Enjoy!
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