Sam Wood’s first-half strike earned the Chairboys a deserved 1-0 victory over Dagenham & Redbridge.
More than 80 volunteers helped clear the surrounding areas of Adams Park to ensure the game went ahead and their efforts were rewarded in the 32nd minute when Wood drilled home from the edge of the area for his first goal at Adams Park.
Gareth Ainsworth made one change to the Wanderers line-up with Anthony Stewart replacing Kortney Hause, who was named amongst the substitutes. Matt McClure was not included in the squad as he is about to become a father and Junior Morias took his place on the bench.
The Daggers started the brighter of the sides and their skipper Abu Ogogo dragged the first effort of the game wide in the second minute.
However, the Chairboys were inches away from taking in the sixth minute as Dean Morgan found Charles Dunne on the left and his drilled cross flashed past Jo Kuffour and Joel Grant.
Much of the early play came in the centre of the pitch with both midfields trying to stamp their authority on the game. The Daggers’ most promising attacks in the opening 20 minutes came from set-pieces with Matt Saunders delivering a number of dangerous balls into the area.
minute, but his 10-yard strike was cleared off the line by a Dagenham defender. The shot came at the end of one of the best moves of the half with Kuffour latching on to a ball over the top and cutting back for the on-rushing midfielder.thStuart Lewis came close to opening the scoring against his former side in the 28
Wanderers didn’t have to wait much longer to take the lead though, as Grant and Kuffour combined to find Wood on the edge of the area and he drilled an unstoppable left-footed strike in to the far corner of Chris Lewington’s goal for his second of the season and first at Adams Park.
The goal opened the game up and Luke Howell responded for the visitors, but Jordan Archer got down quickly to save his 20-yard strike. Grant then tried his luck from even further out, but Lewington did well to parry the ball away.
Brian Woodall’s deflected effort looped just over the bar after an initial Dagenham shot had been blocked as John Still’s side searched for an equaliser before the break.
Archer was called into action a minute after the restart and he made a superb reaction save to keep out Scott Doe’s strike from point-blank range.
minute.ndLewington denied Wood a second goal a by tipping away the winger’s powerful and swerving half-volley in the 52
Dagenham struggled to create much in the second half with Scowen and Lewis forming a strong barrier in front of the Wanderers defence.
minute effort when the substitute looked set to fire the Daggers level.stSkipper Dave Winfield, who led by example throughout, made a fine last-ditch challenge to block Louis Dennis’ 81
Dagenham threw centre-back Scott Doe forward late on and he fired wide after a good break, but the Chairboys were fairly comfortable and good value for the three points.
Subs: Seabright, Scott, Reed, Maher.
Dagenham: Lewington, Hoyte, Ilesanmi, Doe, Wilkinson, Elito (Caprice 68), Howell, Ogogo (c), Saunders (Bingham 68), Williams, Woodall (Dennis 59).
Subs: Harrison, Hause, McCoy, Spring, Ainsworth, Andrade.
Wycombe: Archer, Harriman, Dunne, Winfield (c), Stewart, Grant, Scowen, Lewis, Wood, Kuffour (Ainsworth 88), Morgan (Morias 83).
Gareth Ainsworth said: “The Trust members and fans that were here at 7am this morning to get this game on were fantastic and in my team-talk I made the lads aware of how work some of the fans put in to get this game on and if they could put in the same efforts on the pitch they could win the game. As a whole Wycombe were together.
“They got the game on.When I turned up in the car-park at 11.30am, the fans had been here about four hours before me, one fan had a mate who had a snow plough, so they got that out, others had the shovels.
“Then there’s me turning up in a nice car and a suit, looking at those lot and there was only one thing I could do – so I went over and said thanked them because without them the game wouldn’t have gone ahead and we wouldn’t have got the three points.
“That speaks volumes about the club and the togetherness I want to get here. We’ve got some great people here and I want to try and get Wycombe back to its former glories, a real together club.
“Believe me, the players are very thankful for that – thank you very much for getting the game on, you were brilliant!”