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The Big Match Preview: Luton vs Wycombe

All you need to know.

9 November 2018

Team news, tickets, travel and more...

Luton Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 10th November 2018, k.o. 3pm
Kenilworth Road
Referee: Craig Hicks

It's the first round of the Emirates FA Cup, and while Luton vs Wycombe may not carry the romance of other ties around the competition, it's one which is bound to stir up another electric atmosphere inside Kenilworth Road once kick-off approaches.

Meetings between the two sides have been fast and furious in recent times, and Wanderers fans will need no reminding of their superb 3-2 victory in Bedfordshire in the league meeting in January.

Likewise, the 1-1 draw at Adams Park in September culminated in an end-to-end finale and the drama could be just as intense this time around with both clubs looking to bank the £36,000 prize money and a place in round two.

The Hatters have won six of their last eight games in all competitions, and eight from ten at home this season, while the Chairboys' away record could do with a boost following recent losses at Coventry and Walsall which have punctuated their own impressive form on home turf.

Tickets
Tickets for the Chairboys' Emirates FA Cup first round tie vs Luton Town at Kenilworth Road on Saturday 10th November (k.o. 3pm) can now only be purchased via the Hatters' ticket office, no later than noon on the day of the game.

This is an ALL-TICKET fixture for Wycombe fans, so tickets must be purchased in advance with none available on the gate. Wanderers' allocation of 772 tickets sold out on Friday morning but the Hatters will sell to Chairboys fans via their ticket office on 01582 416976 until 5pm on Friday, and from 9am to noon on Saturday.

Adult (22 to 65): £15
Concession (over 65 and 17 to 21): £10
U17 Unaccompanied: £6
U17 Accompanied: £1

Pre-booked tickets can be collected from Kenilworth Road from 1.30pm on the day of the game.

Team News
Luton will be without the suspended Danny Hylton, while Luke Berry is unlikely to be risked as he continues his recovery from injury, and Dan Potts remains in the treatment room.

Wycombe are close to welcoming Anthony Stewart and Nathan Tyson back from injury while Matt Bloomfield, Michael Harriman and Adebayo Akinfenwa continue to be assessed. Meanwhile, this fixture will be Richard Dobson's 400th game as assistant manager of the Blues.

Man in the Middle
Craig Hicks takes charge of his second Wycombe game this season, having officiated in the 2-2 draw at Portsmouth in September.

Seven of his 55 yellows came in that match, with three reds also shown in 16 matches in total this term.

Kit
Wycombe will be in their regular light and dark blue strip.

Travel
By Adrian Wood

POST CODE: LU4 8AW

Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the London bound M40 and then the M25 northbound (clockwise). Exit at Junction 21 then join the M1 motorway (signposted The North). Leave the M1 at Junction 11 and join the A505 towards Luton. Go through one set of traffic lights and at the 1st roundabout, turn right into Chaul End Lane. At the next roundabout turn left into Hatters Way. Whilst continuing down Hatters Way the ground will be seen on your left, although it is not accessible from this road. At the end of Hatters Way turn left and start looking for street parking from here on (the ground will now be on your left).

Mileage from High Wycombe = 42 (approx. journey time 45 minutes)

Recommended area for car parking
There is no car park at the ground, and there is limited space available in the streets around the ground. If you are early, you can find a space close by, but the street parking fills up quite quickly. There is a multi-storey car park in the town centre. Follow the signs for the Galaxy Centre Leisure Complex. There is another large multi-storey car park at Luton railway station.

Using the train?
Thameslink trains operate a very regular service from the capital (St Pancras International, Blackfriars, Farringdon etc.), average journey time is around 35 minutes. Luton station is around a 15min walk from the ground. I have read that there are free buses to / from the ground for away fans. Alternatively, from the Bus Interchange opposite the station, take the “Luton - Dunstable Busway” which stops outside the ground (close to Oak Road stadium entrances). Busway routes A, B, C or F70 to the Clifton Road stop.

Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 10,356 (all seated). Away fans are housed on one side of the small, covered Oak Road Stand (on the Executive Stand side) at one end of the ground. The entrance to the Oak Stand is unusual.  The impression is of queuing to go into someone's house and then through their back garden and into the stand! There are a number of supporting pillars in this stand, which may hinder your view. The leg room is tight – possibly one reason why away fans tend to stand.

Spare time on your hands?
There is not a great choice of hostelries around the ground. I am told that the Beech Hill Conservative Club on Leagrave Road welcomes both home and away supporters. To find the club, with the away entrance in front of you, turn left and walk down to the bottom of Oak Road. Proceed through the small arcade of shops opposite and you will see the sign for the club between two shops. It has a large car park (charge made) and offers reasonably priced beer. At the ground itself there is a licensed bar just inside the away turnstiles serving both draught and bottled beers. This is situated to the left-hand side as you look at the pitch from the Oak Road End.

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Report: Luton 2-0 Wycombe

Chairboys exit FA Cup at first round stage.

10 November 2018

Wanderers lost an FA Cup first round tie for the first time in six years, going down 2-0 to fellow League 1 side Luton Town at Kenilworth Road.

The Hatters' excellent home record this season gathered pace when Andrew Shinnie curled home an exquisite opener before the break, and Harry Cornick later capitalised on a mistake by Adam El-Abd to stroke home the second.

Both sides named their strongest possible line-ups though Wanderers had to do without Bryn Morris, who was denied permission to play by his parent club Shrewsbury, while Darius Charles joined an injury list already containing Adebayo Akinfenwa, Matt Bloomfield, Nathan Tyson and Michael Harriman.

That meant that Sido Jombati came into the defence while Marcus Bean was named at the base of a midfield diamond, with Paris Cowan-Hall deployed in the number 10 he performed so well in during the 3-2 win on the Chairboys’ last visit to Bedfordshire.

Wanderers started well and won a corner which was eventually cleared before Harry Cornick was presented with a golden chance at the other end, latching on to Joe Jacobson’s underhit backpass but seeing his powerful drive beaten behind by Ryan Allsop.

Then James Collins lashed wildly over from distance as a fast start carried all the hallmarks of a classic cup tie, though it settled down with Wycombe collecting a couple of knocks which took the sting out of the game.

Alex Samuel almost nicked the ball away from the keeper and last defender as the two Hatters dithered just outside the box, though James Shea’s slide tackle just about retained possession for the hosts, and then Fred Onyedinma sent a header over the bar from Jason McCarthy’s cross.

Adam El-Abd and Sonny Bradley both headed harmlessly wide from deep corners and then Elliot Lee curled a free-kick harmlessly wide from over 25 yards out, before Jason McCarthy was harshly booked when James Justin went down on the wing during a chase for the ball.

At times the Hatters looked in danger of being caught in possession around their own area but one confident move started with Sonny Bradley dancing his way out of danger at one end, and finished with the ball in the net at the other. Andrew Shinnie was the man to finish it off, curling home a sumptuous low strike which bounced off the inside of the post and in, beating Allsop at full-stretch.

The Hatters thought they had a second moments later but James Collins was flagged offside before lashing home, but the half-time whistle came at a good time for the visitors, who’d been in the game for most of the first period but found themselves gradually overpowered towards the interval.

But the start of the second half followed a similar pattern, with Blues indebted to Dominic Gape for a goalbound clearance from Sonny Bradley’s header, but the hosts then lost goalscorer Shinnie to injury, with Jorge Grant taking his place.

Curtis Thompson drilled a low shot wide from 20 yards as Wycombe looked to make the ball stick up front, and Dominic Gape was denied a clean connection with Alex Samuel’s low cross by a fine sliding tackle as he pulled the trigger.

Then Paris Cowan-Hall’s low shot was comfortably held by Shea before Allsop made a brilliant block from Elliot Lee’s point-blank effort at the end of a spell of pinball in the box from a Hatters corner.

Glen Rea miscued a header wide on 68 minutes before Gareth Ainsworth made a double change, introducing former Hatter Craig Mackail-Smith for Alex Samuel and Watford loanee Randell Williams for Paris Cowan-Hall.

But before long, the Chairboys’ challenge was made even tougher by Harry Cornick’s finish, gifted to him by Adam El-Abd’s wayward pass intended for Allsop, but seized upon by the Hatters frontman who made amends for his earlier missed chance.

Williams’ near-post drive threatened Shea who tipped the ball behind, before Marcus Bean saw yellow for a trip with Wycombe’s frustrations beginning to show.

Elliot Lee was almost just as frustrated when his goalbound shot was headed off the line by Curtis Thompson, but their place in the second round of the FA Cup rarely looked in doubt throughout the final 10 minutes, with their superb home record being cranked up another notch.

Scott Kashket came off the bench to replace Marcus Bean but had no opportunities to grab a consolation, though Mackail-Smith almost had a sight of goal against his former club but saw his opportunity snuffed out as he was set to pull the trigger.

Wanderers now look ahead to a first ever trip to Sunderland in the league next week.

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Ticket News

Ticket details: Luton (A, 10/11), FA Cup R1

Tickets now only available via the Hatters' ticket office before noon on Saturday.

31 October 2018

Tickets for the Chairboys' Emirates FA Cup first round tie vs Luton Town at Kenilworth Road on Saturday 10th November (k.o. 3pm) can now only be purchased via the Hatters' ticket office, no later than noon on the day of the game.

This is an ALL-TICKET fixture for Wycombe fans, so tickets must be purchased in advance with none available on the gate. Wanderers' allocation of 772 tickets sold out on Friday morning but the Hatters will sell to Chairboys fans via their ticket office on 01582 416976 until 5pm on Friday, and from 9am to noon on Saturday.

Adult (22 to 65): £15
Concession (over 65 and 17 to 21): £10
U17 Unaccompanied: £6
U17 Accompanied: £1

Pre-booked tickets can be collected from Kenilworth Road from 1.30pm on the day of the game.

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

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