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The Big Match Preview: Walsall vs Wycombe

All you need to know.

26 October 2018

Team news, tickets, travel and more...

Walsall vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 27th October 2018, k.o. 3pm
Banks's Stadium
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.

Tickets
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:

Adults: £22.50
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.

Team News
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.

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

Travel
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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Report: Walsall 3-2 Wycombe

Wanderers edged out in five-goal thriller.

27 October 2018

Wanderers slipped to a narrow defeat at the Banks's Stadium as Walsall held on for a 3-2 victory on Saturday afternoon.

The visitors could have been two goals to the good when Craig Mackail-Smith headed a great chance wide and Paris Cowan-Hall rattled the crossbar, but were made to pay when Andy Cook glanced home a free-kick.

A slow start to the second period proved costly when Isaiah Osbourne tucked home the second, but Luke Leahy's own goal swung momentum the other way with Gareth Ainsworth's substitutes making the difference.

However, Dominic Gape unlucky turned the ball into his own net to make it 3-1 and it meant Alex Samuel's late strike - converting a rebound after Scott Kashket's penalty was saved - was in vain.
Gareth Ainsworth had two big decisions to make ahead of kick-off – whether or not to recall Dominic Gape and Craig Mackail-Smith after the pair were suspended and rested respectively in midweek – and he elected to bring Mackail-Smith back into the attack in place of Alex Samuel, but Bryn Morris retained his spot in midfield.

Walsall meanwhile handed a debut to former Chairboy Russell Martin in defence, looking to change their fortunes which had brought about just one win and one goal in five games.

On a freezing afternoon in the Midlands, neither side was particularly able to find their rhythm in the early stages, though a well-delivered Walsall corner looked threatening into a packed six-yard box, but Wycombe dealt with it well.

Then Mackail-Smith had the ball nicked off his toes as he got set to pull the trigger at the end of an excellent burst into the box from Fred Onyedinma, before Walsall again sparked a spell of pinball in the box with everything being channelled down their left hand side.

Wanderers’ first effort fell to Mackail-Smith and it was a glorious first touch which sent him into the area from Adebayo Akinfenwa’s flick on, but his low shot under pressure from the defender was gathered by the keeper.

Morgan Ferrier flashed a shot from distance straight at Ryan Allsop before Paris Cowan-Hall excelled at the other end, collecting a tricky pass but making the most of it with a forward surge which saw not one but two efforts saved by Liam Roberts.

From the resulting corner, Bryn Morris’s shot was blocked before Walsall broke at pace with the game now in full flow, and the Saddlers edging it narrowly due to their pace and threat down the left.

Onyedinma had a sight of goal on 21 minutes but lifted his shot over the bar from 20 yards, before Mackail-Smith headed a great chance wide when Cowan-Hall’s deep cross was nodded back into the middle by Akinfenwa, but his strike partner couldn’t convert.

They came even closer when Cowan-Hall thundered an effort against the angle of bar and post on 34 minutes, and moments later Onyedinma’s dangerous low cross from the byline was almost turned into his own net by a Saddlers defender.

But, having not taken those chances, Wanderers were made to pay. Michael Harriman tugged back Ferrier on the wing and an inviting free-kick was glanced home by Andy Cook six yards out, with a combination of the excellent delivery and suspect marking to thank.

Ferrier could have doubled the lead when he latched onto a long pass on the counter-attack but took one touch too many in the box, seeing the ball bobble out for a goal kick, but he was then involved again, dinking a teasing cross which Kieron Morris should have stuck away.

There was a break in play when the linesman pulled up with a groin problem, helping to take the sting out of the game before the break as Wanderers went in behind but well in the game.

With no changes at the break, Wycombe were caught cold and their challenge was made tougher just six minutes into the second period when Isaiah Osbourne tapped home. A low cross was allowed to travel all the way through to the back post and although Kane Wilson’s low shot was parried by Allsop, the right-back reacted quickest to square it to his team-mate who had an easy task six yards out.

Kieron Morris then drilled a low effort straight at Allsop as the Saddlers looked to put the game to bed, and the keeper then made a fine save to tip Luke Leahy’s cross-shot over the bar as it flew towards the top corner.

The Saddlers were looking too comfortable, so Gareth Ainsworth acted with a double change, introducing Scott Kashket and Alex Samuel in place of Paris Cowan-Hall and Craig Mackail-Smith.

Within moments, Bryn Morris’ flying effort from 30 yards deflected inches wide – though the ref somehow failed to spot the touch off a Walsall boot – and Onyedinma won a corner in the next move, taking on a vulnerable Kane Wilson who had been booked for a foul.

Akinfenwa’s header was cleared to safety and Morris curled over as the Blues fought their way into the ascendancy, but keeper Liam Roberts remained untested in the second period.

But it could’ve been game, set and match when Andy Cook outmuscled Adam El-Abd at the end of a long ball and cockily swaggered towards Allsop, bringing a superb reflex save when a simple tap home would have sealed the points. Ferrier smashed the loose ball into the top tier.

Wycombe’s final change arrived when Dominic Gape replaced Curtis Thompson in the middle, and their lifeline came moments later on 79 minutes. Akinfenwa’s clever forward pass caused panic down the Walsall defence – particularly with Samuel closing down quickly - and left-back Luke Leahy stretched to lift the ball beautifully over his own keeper, seeing it land in the back of the net.

Game on, then, and Onyedinma stroked a low chance into the arms of the keeper, needing to find more power to trouble him, though the keeper’s shanked kick was symbolic of the careless nature with which Walsall had find themselves dragged into a real battle from a comfortable position.

But they received their own stroke of fortune on 84 minutes to wrap up the points, when George Dobson raced unchallenged down the right wing and delivered a low cross which was diverted off the boot of Allsop and into the body of Gape, with the ball landing into the net for the second own goal of the game.

That took the wind out of the Chairboys’ sails, with Dobson and Samuel trading long-range shots, but the two-goal lead was now looking too big an ask to overturn for the visitors as four minutes were added on.

But they’re made of stronger stuff, and gave themselves a chance with another Onyedinma spark of magic. He darted into the box and drew a foul from the defender, and although Kashket’s penalty was well saved, Samuel drilled home the rebound to make it 3-2.

One late punt into the box from Allsop came to nothing and Walsall clung on for the win, with Wanderers left to rue a couple of sub-standard moments in a game that they looked capable of taking something from.

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Ticket News

Tickets and travel: Walsall (A, 27/10)

Follow the Chairboys to the Banks's Stadium on Saturday 27th October.

3 October 2018

Tickets are now on sale for the Chairboys' visit to Walsall on Saturday 27th October (k.o. 3pm).

Wanderers have received an initial allocation of 500 tickets for the fixture, with more available on request. Tickets will be available to purchase on the day of the game with a £2 price increase.

Advanced prices are as follows:
Adults: £20.50
Over 60: £15.50
Under 18: £15.50
Family Ticket (One Adult, One U18): £22.50
Extra Junior to Family Ticket: £11 - one permitted per family ticket, any additional juniors at junior price.

Please be aware that family tickets are only available to buy via Walsall's Ticket Office. Call the Banks's Stadium Ticket Office on 01922 651 414/416 to book.

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.

There is an 'Away Fans Bar' for Wanderers supporters located at the stadium which opens at 1pm.

Buy tickets online, call 01494 472100 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 26th October. Pre-booked tickets can be collected from Adams Park before that time, or from the Banks's Stadium from 1pm on the day of the game.

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

Travel
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

Travelling by coach?
OWWSA will be running a coach that will leave Adams Park at 11.00. Travel prices are £18 for adults, £17 for seniors, and £16 for juniors. The price for non-members is £23 (no refund if game is cancelled and the coaches have left their depot). Non-members are required to pay at the time of booking their seat. If you wish to book by phone (Rena 01494 520179, Graham 07876 267301) or by e-mail (bookings@owwsa.co.uk) you need to do so by Thursday 25th October at 17.00 hrs. If booking by email please make sure you receive an acknowledgment.

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 Bescot Stadium. That station is just a few minutes’ walk from the turnstiles. A quick return is the 17:19 off Bescot that will get you back to Wycombe at 19:56, after changing at Birmingham New Street and Leamington Spa.

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?
I have been informed that the Saddlers Club situated just outside the stadium is no longer available to away supporters. 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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