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The Big Match Preview: Shrewsbury vs Wycombe

All you need to know.

15 March 2019

Team news, tickets, travel and more...

Shrewsbury Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 16th March 2019, k.o. 3pm
Montgomery Waters Meadow
Referee: Trevor Kettle

An eight-game winless streak leaves the Chairboys with work to do to ensure they avoid an immediate return back to League Two, but three points at 20th-placed Shrewsbury Town could go a long way to easing the nerves of Chairboys fans going into a two-week break.

Wycombe supporters were effusive with praise following the 1-1 draw with Sunderland last Saturday - a point that was so nearly all three - but were left frustrated by a below-par showing in midweek which saw Accrington leave with the win from Adams Park.

Last year's play-off finalists Shrewsbury are embroiled in a battle at the wrong end of the table this time around and although new boss Sam Ricketts ended a two-month wait for a league win at Peterborough in February, they've now picked up just one point from three matches against sides around them, leaving them in need of a positive result against the Blues.

They've waited 25 years for a league victory over the Chairboys, who won the reverse fixture 3-2 in November, with former Shrews Adam El-Abd and Joe Jacobson on target, while Aaron Holloway - an ex-Wycombe striker - netted on his return to south Bucks.

Tickets will be available to purchase on the day of the game from the DM Recruitment Stand with no price increase. Please note that on the day sales are CASH ONLY.

Tickets are priced as follows:

Adult: £20
Senior (65+): £15
Student (with valid NUS Card): £15
Young Adult (19-23): £15
Junior (12-18): £8
Under 12: Free

Tickets will go off sale at 12pm on Friday 15th March. Pre-booked tickets can be collected from Adams Park before that time, or from Montgomery Waters Meadow from 1.30pm on the day of the game.

Team News
Shrewsbury boss Sam Ricketts made four changes for the trip to Plymouth in midweek and could tinker with his personnel once again, generally favouring a 3-4-1-2 formation. Among those coming into the side were ex-Blues Scott Golbourne, Anthony Grant and Josh Laurent, with former Wanderer Steve Arnold between the sticks.

Wycombe should welcome back Dominic Gape and Anthony Stewart after injury, while Marcus Bean has served his one-game suspension, but Nathan Tyson remains banned. Matt Bloomfield came off with a knock against Accrington and will be assessed ahead of the game.

Wanderers will be in their white change kit.

Man in the middle
Experienced official Trevor Kettle takes charge of his 37th game this season, one of which was Wanderers' 3-2 success over Doncaster in January.

He's shown 148 yellow and six red cards so far.

By Adrian Wood


Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the usual route to the northbound M6 (M40 and M42). At junction 10a, branch left (signposted Telford) to join the M54. At the end of the M54 continue onto the A5. After about seven miles, there is a traffic island which is at the junction with the A49. Bear left at this island still following the A5. At the next roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the B4380 (Thieves Lane). Continue along Thieves Lane going straight over two roundabouts and this will lead you into Oteley Road. You will reach the stadium further down Oteley Road on the left.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 138 (approx. journey time 2 hours 15 minutes)

Recommended area for car parking
Parking is prohibited in the nearby Retail Park and nearby streets, so to find some street parking you may have to drive further away. There is a car park at the Meole Brace Bowling Club (charge made) - this can be found at Meole Rise (Off Upper Road, SY3 9JF). STFC encourages fans to use their Park & Ride scheme. This operates from Shire Hall (but not the nearby Meole Brace which is a park & ride for the town centre). It is located off the A5 - take the A5064 towards the town centre and at the roundabout with Lord Hill's Column, take the 3rd exit and then first right into the car park.

Using the train?
This is possible but note that Shrewsbury Rail Station is over two miles away from the stadium. Buses numbers 8, 16, 23, 25 and 544/546 all operate from the town centre bus station and stop near to the stadium. I have heard that bus services are replacing trains between Banbury and Leamington Spa on this date so the simplest way is to travel from London Euston. One change is involved, usually at Birmingham New St or at Wolverhampton. Check all details carefully at time of booking.

Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 9,875 (all seated). Away supporters are based in the DM Recruitment North Stand behind one of the goals. The stand can hold up to 1,796 away fans and includes platform seating for disabled fans. Leg room is good and the stand is quite steep keeping fans close to the action.

Spare time on your hands?
The stadium is on the very edge of town and there is not a lot in the way of facilities around it. There is a Retail Park nearby, which has some eating outlets such as a McDonalds, Pizza Hut and a supermarket café. There are a couple of hostelries in the vicinity. There is the “Wild Pig” (known before as the Brooklands Hotel), just off Meole Brace Island on Mill Street, about five minutes’ walk away. It also has about 100 car parking spaces costing £5 each. Also, there is the “Charles Darwin” PH that is on Sutton Road (off to the right of Oteley Road). Reports I have read say that parking here is free if you patronize the pub. Opposite this pub is the Tasty Plaice fish and chip shop. Alcohol is available to away fans within the stadium.

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Match Reports

Report: Shrewsbury 2-1 Wycombe

Late turnaround consigns Chairboys to defeat in Shropshire.

16 March 2019

Late goals from Omar Beckles and Ollie Norburn left Wanderers dragged firmly into a relegation battle as Shrewsbury came from behind to record a first league win over the Chairboys in 25 years.

Jason McCarthy opened the scoring with a stunning free-kick after a goalless first half, but Town came back with a vengeance, firstly equalising through Beckles' header and then winning the points through Norburn's penalty after a trip by Adam El-Abd.

Gareth Ainsworth took a bold approach to his line-up, making six changes from the side that lost 3-1 to Accrington Stanley in midweek – most notably in goal, where Yves Ma-Kalambay replaced Ryan Allsop for his first EFL start.

Meanwhile there were recalls for Joe Jacobson, Anthony Stewart, Dominic Gape, Marcus Bean and Luke Bolton after a combination of injuries and suspension, prompting a 4-3-3 formation with Alex Samuel leading the line in attack, seven days after doing so impeccably in the 1-1 draw with Sunderland.

Shrewsbury came into the game hovering nervously above the drop zone having collected only three league wins in 17 since new boss Sam Ricketts took to the helm, while their wait to record a league victory over the Chairboys stretched back almost 25 years.

Blustery conditions contributed to a scrappy start, with neither defence taking any risks when it came to clearing the ball quickly to avoid getting caught out.

The first opening fell to the hosts, and it was a first test for Ma-Kalambay, diving to his right to keep out Shaun Whalley’s low shot after former Chairboy Aaron Amadi-Holloway had nodded a cross into his path.

Adam El-Abd, on his return to the Shropshire club, cleared a dangerous header from James Bolton after Ollie Norburn’s corner hung in the air, but then the Blues began to find their rhythm and carved out two opportunities which was excellently denied by another former Wycombe player, Steve Arnold in goal.

Firstly Jason McCarthy whipped in a perfect low cross which found its way through to Paris Cowan-Hall at the back post, but his prodded effort was denied by the knee of the Town keeper. Then Ro-Shaun Williams horribly sliced a clearance into his own six-yard box and although Alex Samuel made excellent contact, Arnold flung out an arm to divert the ball over the bar.

Luke Waterfall headed harmlessly wide at the other end before Scott Golbourne – a loanee at Adams Park in the 2006/07 campaign – saw yellow for a trip on McCarthy down the right.

Then Dominic Gape let fly with a long-range effort which was a comfortable height for Arnold to hold away to his right, before the same player connected well with a half-cleared header from Joe Jacobson’s free-kick, but again it was too close to Arnold.

There was one more chance in stoppage time and after the hosts failed to clear another free-kick, Luke Bolton delivered a teasing cross which was headed powerfully on target by Anthony Stewart, but denied by the lower leg of the keeper.

Shrewsbury were forced into a change just before the hour-mark when centre-half Luke Waterfall left the pitch with an injury, being replaced by Omar Beckles, but their fans began to tire of their side’s lethargy and inability to retain possession, airing their frustrations at manager Sam Ricketts.

The game was in a lull, not aided by the weather, and Luke Bolton found he was unable to continue after twice going down holding a leg muscle, prompting Gareth Ainsworth to introduce Nick Freeman from the bench.

But the lull was ended in style, courtesy of a first goal of the season from Jason McCarthy, bending home a free-kick in spectacular fashion. Alex Samuel was tripped on the corner of the area and McCarthy – recently handed set-piece duties at inswinging opportunities – curled the ball sublimely into the top corner, giving Arnold no chance.

Shrewsbury responded by bringing off Tyrese Campbell for Fejiri Okenabirhie, who netted in the reverse fixture in November, but it was Amadi-Holloway who had the next chance, lashing over the bar at the end of a good run from Shaun Whalley.

Alex Samuel drilled wide at the other end after combative play from a host of Wanderers players determined to keep a chance alive, before Oliver Norburn was booked for a bad foul after the whistle had already gone.

The rain began to hammer down, contributing to a pretty miserable atmosphere all round, but for the Blues, there was a big job to do to see out the victory.

Shrewsbury’s last throw of the dice was to bring on Greg Docherty, in place of Dave Edwards, before Joe Jacobson was booked for a trip on Whalley with eight minutes remaining.

And then it got nervy. Anthony Stewart headed clear a dangerous cross to the back post, and Marcus Bean blocked a piledriver from Norburn, before the leveller came. It was another deep free-kick which found Omar Beckles unmarked, and he guided a header expertly into the far corner to give Ma-Kalambay no chance.

So it was game on for the final few moments. Michael Harriman came off the bench to replace Paris Cowan-Hall, though the home fans felt it was they that had the impetus after their equaliser.

Ma-Kalambay held a dangerous low cross from Docherty before referee Trevor Kettle pointed to the spot when Whalley danced into the box and tripped over the outstretched leg of Adam El-Abd. It was down to Ollie Norburn to complete the turnaround, and he did so, rolling the ball home as Ma-Kalambay dived the wrong way.

Matt Bloomfield replaced Curtis Thompson with just seconds left on the clock, but it was too little too late – Wanderers’ long wait for a win goes on as they were left to rue another late sucker-punch for the second Saturday in succession.

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Ticket News

Tickets on sale: Shrewsbury (A, 16/03)

Follow the Chairboys to Montgomery Waters Meadow.

30 January 2019

Tickets are now on sale for the Chairboys' visit to Shrewsbury Town on Saturday 16th March (k.o. 3pm).

Wanderers have received an initial allocation of 500 tickets for the fixture in the DM Recruitment Stand, with more available upon request.

Tickets will be available to purchase on the day of the game from the DM Recruitment Stand with no price increase. Please note that on the day sales are CASH ONLY.

Tickets are priced as follows:

Adult: £20
Senior (65+): £15
Student (with valid NUS Card): £15
Young Adult (19-23): £15
Junior (12-18): £8
Under 12: Free

Buy tickets online, call 01494 441 118 or book from the shop at Adams Park (10am to 5pm, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays).

Tickets will go off sale at 12pm on Friday 15th March. Pre-booked tickets can be collected from Adams Park before that time, or from Montgomery Waters Meadow from 1pm on the day of the game.

To view ticket information for our upcoming games, please click here.

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