Wanderers continued their pre season preparations with a 2-2 draw at Chesham United with all the goals coming in the first half.
The Chairboys had to fight back from two down, but a headed goal from Sido Jombati and a rocket from Max Kretzchmar levelled the scores. In a full bloodied game Gareth Ainsworth would not have been pleased to see Stuart Lewis limp off in the first half.
A well contested lively affair burst into life on 18 minutes when Ryan Blake burst down the left, shrugging off the challenge of Tommy Fletcher before dispatching a right footed finish past Barry Richardson. A minute later, more excellent work from Blake this time down the right lead to a chance for Simon Thomas whose swivelling shot was well blocked.
Wycombe responded with their first attempt on goal, a long range effort by trialist Hogan Ephraim which was high and wide on 26 minutes. Shortly after, Ephraim was in the action again following a clever through ball, but the pass had slightly too much on it.
The Generals doubled their lead on the half-hour mark through Mark Bell, who was able to jink down the left before cutting in and curling a delightful right-footed finish into the far corner.
Sam Wood was next in the action, bursting forwards and unleashing a shot from 25 yards which was blocked by the retreating Darren Purse. This brought about a sustained period of pressure for The Chairboys which resulted in a free kick on the left wing after some persistent work from Matt Bloomfield. Ephraim swung over a pin point free kick for Jombati to cannon a header in off the underside of the bar to reduce the deficit on 34 minutes.
The travelling Wycombe faithful didn’t have to wait long for the equaliser which came courtesy of first-half substitute Kretzschmar ,whose long-range rocket ended up in the top corner less than a minute later. The Chairboys finished the half strongly with efforts from Bloomfield and Junior Morias, who both went close to adding to the scoring.
Ainsworth made two substitutions at half-time with Gary Doherty and Jombati making way for Aaron Pierre and Joe Jacobson. The Generals started the second half well without troubling Barry Richardson in the Wycombe goal before Ephraim sparked Wycombe to life with some clever play and a through ball which found Morias who failed to get his shot away under pressure on 55 minutes.
A minute later more excellent work from Ephraim and Bloomfield, led to a half chance for Kretzschmar, but his shot was deflected behind. Recent recruit Jacobson then gave a glimpse of his long range ability with a low left footed shot from 30 yards that flashed past the post.
Ainsworth made three more changes in the 62nd minute with Paul Hayes, Nathan Evans and Peter Murphy coming on for Morias, Bloomfield and a trialist. Murphy was crudely taken down off the ball five minutes later, but he picked himself back up and after a smart one-two on the edge of the box saw his shot deflected just wide.
Hayes thought he had given Wanderers the lead in the 69th minute when tapped home from close range after Ephraim's shot was only parried by Gore but he saw his effort ruled out for offside. Five minutes later after some excellent work between Murphy and Wood on the edge of the Chesham area produced a half chance for Ephraim, whose effort went agonisingly past the post.
The game petered out and the last word was left for Peter Murphy to avenge an earlier challenge and earn himself a yellow card in the process. In conclusion, an excellent physical test for Ainsworth’s men as they continue to build towards the big kick off on August 9th.
Wanderers: Richardson, Fletcher, Doherty, Trialist, Bloomfield, Morias, Jombati, Wood, Lewis, Trialist, Trialist
Subs; Pierre, Murphy, Ainsworth, Evans, Hayes, Jacobson, Kretzschmar, Horlock
Chesham: Gore, Prosper, Lynn, Ballard, Purse, Hamilton, Fotheringham, Bell, Thomas, Blake, Smith.
Subs; Mace, Dodge, Fenton, Brown, Cooper, Graham, Nwokeji, Brathwaite, Effiong, Rowe, Towner