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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:
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.
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
POST CODE: SY2 6ST
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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