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Report: Aldershot 1-1 Wycombe

1 August 2015

Wanderers concluded their pre-season schedule with a 1-1 draw at National League side Aldershot Town on Saturday afternoon.

Aaron Amadi-Holloway found the net for the Chairboys with a second-half equaliser after Sam Hatton had netted from close range for Aldershot, leaving Gareth Ainsworth's men with a record of two wins, one draw and two defeats in their five warm-up games ahead of the new campaign.

Garry Thompson headed straight at keeper Phil Smith inside the first minute before Dan Walker bent a powerful effort past the post at the other end after the hosts worked a corner cleverly into the area.

Jason Banton came close with a well-hit free-kick on 15 minutes which required Smith to tip the ball over the bar, before Sam Wood was just short of reaching a wayward backward header from Luke Oliver as the keeper claimed.

Matt Ingram was called into action for the first time moments later when he spread himself superbly to block Rhys Browne’s effort from just inside the area, and Wanderers’ number 1 then parried Dan Walker’s crisp volley round the post to maintain the deadlock.

Tom Richards then forced a smart save from the keeper after bringing down a diagonal ball with a superb first touch before drilling it goalwards, but the half finished all-square with neither side able to make the breakthrough.

That changed 10 minutes into the second period when Sam Hatton opened the scoring from the hosts, receiving a square ball from Rhys Browne on the edge of the six-yard box and lashing home with his second touch, before Gareth Ainsworth made two changes in midfield with Michael Harriman and Luke O’Nien coming into the fray.

The goal gave the Shots extra impetus and they remained on top for a 10-minute period before Danny Rowe headed over from Jason Banton’s free-kick which came at the end of an improved spell of pressure from the visitors.

And Banton was the architect for the Chairboys’ equaliser with 12 minutes remaining when he received Michael Harriman’s lofted pass and crossed first-time for Aaron Amadi-Holloway to head home from eight yards.

Wycombe then looked the more likely to snatch a late winner as they enjoyed plenty of possession in their opponents’ half, and Banton flashed a low drive which was deflected just wide in the closing stages.

There were no further opportunities at either end and so the next time Wycombe take to the field will be their first game of the Sky Bet League 2 season against York City at Adams Park next Saturday.

Wycombe: Ingram, Jombati (Kretzschmar 70), Jacobson, Stewart, Pierre, Rowe, Trialist (Harriman 55), Bloomfield (O’Nien 55), Banton, Wood, Thompson (Amadi-Holloway 70).

Subs: Lynch, Bean.

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