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Walsall vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 27th October 2018, k.o. 3pm
Referee: Neil Hair
Buoyed by three successive home wins, Wanderers head to the Banks's Stadium in their highest league position in 15 years (aside from any fixtures played in August) - and eager to end their wait for a win at Walsall which extends back even further, to 1998.
The likes of Nicky Mohan, John Cornforth and Paul Read starred for the Chairboys that day but it's the names of Jason McCarthy, Fred Onyedinma, Adebayo Akinfenwa and others that are the talk of the town these days, with Wycombe hitting form in October to coincide with a change in tactical approach from boss Gareth Ainsworth.
Ainsworth is a former Walsall loanee and returns to the Midlands with fellow ex-Saddlers Jason McCarthy and Bryn Morris, while in the home dugout is former Wycombe midfielder Dean Keates, now in charge of the club with which he made his name as a player.
After a fine start to the season, they've hit the buffers in recent weeks with only one win and one goal in their last five games, compared to four victories and a draw in their opening five matches, which could prompt them to hand a debut in defence to new signing Russell Martin, who starred for Wycombe at the start of his career and joined the Saddlers recently as player-coach.
Wanderers have sold around 350 tickets in advance; Chairboys fans can buy on the day although there is a slight price increase.
On-the-day prices are:
Over 60: £17.50
Under 18: £17.50
Family Ticket (One Adult, One U18): £24.50
Extra Junior to Family Ticket: £13 - one permitted per family ticket, any additional juniors at junior price.
On the day of the game, family tickets will need to be purchased at the Ticket Office window with all other tickets available to purchase on a cash only turnstile.
Tickets will go off sale at 12pm on Friday 26th October. Pre-booked tickets can be collected from Adams Park before that time, or from the Banks's Stadium from 1.30pm on the day of the game.
Walsall are still without long-term absentees Joe Edwards, Adam Chambers and Kory Roberts, but are believed to be at full-strength otherwise.
Wycombe have Anthony Stewart, Matt Bloomfield and Nathan Tyson sidelined through injury, but Dominic Gape is back from suspension, Randell Williams is fit again and Marcus Bean and Darius Charles both returned to the bench in midweek.
Man in the Middle
In his first season as an EFL official, Neil Hair has shown three red and 27 yellow cards in his 10 games in charge so far.
Wycombe will be in their regular light and dark blue strip.
By Adrian Wood
POST CODE: WS1 4SA
Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the westbound M40. At the junction with the M42, branch left and follow signs ‘The North’ to join the M42. At J7 branch left (sign-posted ‘The North West’) and join the northbound M6. Exit the M6 at Junction 7 and take the A34 towards Walsall (beware of speed cameras on the dual carriageway). At the end of the dual carriageway turn left at the Bell Inn public house into Walstead Road (sign posted Bescot Stadium, Bescot Station P & R). Continue straight on this road for two miles, passing another pub called the Tiger on your left. You will come to Bescot Stadium and entrance to the away end on your right.
Mileage from High Wycombe = 103 (approx. journey time 1 hour 40 minutes)
Recommended area for car parking
Car parking is available at the ground (cost £4). The entrance to this car park is off Bescot Crescent next to the Park Inn Hotel and is signposted as 'Blue Zone'. Another option is to park at the nearby Bescot Stadium Railway Station (£2). In addition, there is some street parking to be had off Wallows Lane
Using the train?
This trip is possible by train from Wycombe but involves changing at usually Banbury or Leamington Spa and then at Birmingham New Street where you catch a West Midlands Trains service to Tame Bridge Parkway. That station is a 1.5 mile walk from the turnstiles, with a bus service available. Note that Bescot Stadium - closest to the stadium - is shut this weekend.
Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 11,300 (all seated). Away fans are situated in the University of Wolverhampton Stand behind one goal. The stand is covered but there are a few supporting pillars at the front which might impede your view. There is a licensed bar area for visiting supporters in this stand, with hot and cold snacks/drinks available. Live football is also shown in the concourses. The official programme is on sale around the ground priced £3.
Spare time on your hands?
There is an 'Away Fans Bar' for Wanderers supporters located at the stadium which opens at 1pm. Just a short walk along Bescot Crescent from the away end is the Park Inn Hotel, which has a bar and shows Sky Sports. Otherwise, the nearest pub is 'King George V' on Wallows Lane. This is OK but does get rather busy. This is about a 15-minute walk, opposite Morrisons Supermarket. From the stadium go past McDonalds on your right and turn left into Wallows Lane. At the end of the lane turn left onto the main road and the pub is setback on the left. I’ve heard that away fans should avoid the ‘Fulbrook’ pub near to the ground.
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