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Report: US Avranches 2-1 Wycombe

16 July 2015

Wanderers' kicked off their pre-season schedule with a closely-fought friendly at US Avranches in Coutances on Thursday evening.

The French side secured the victory with a late winner after a trialist striker tapped home Jason Banton's low cross from the left to level matters, with the hosts netting a penalty in the first half.

Gareth Ainsworth named two experimental XIs for their first friendly of the campaign, played in balmy conditions in front of a crowd of around 200, including about 50 who had made the trip to support the Chairboys.

Alex Lynch was called upon to make two smart blocks in the first half while Paul Hayes tested the home keeper with a fierce volley, but Avranches took the lead when Aaron Pierre was adjudged to have tugged a striker inside the area and the same player made no mistake from the spot.

The Blues toiled hard in the second period and were rewarded when Jason Banton showed quick feet to wriggle away from his marker and deliver a low ball which the striker easily converted from a yard out.

However, it was the French team who went on to win it, as their substitute forward jinked several times inside the box before unleashing an unstoppable low drive into the bottom corner.

Wanderers' players stayed at the stadium after the game to meet with home and away fans, presenting a signed shirt to the home side and a framed shirt to the Avranches president.

First half XI: Lynch, Jombati, Sellers, Trialist, Pierre, Kretzschmar, Harriman, Trialist, Wood, Hayes, Holloway.

Second half XI: Richardson, Stewart, Jacobson, Trialist, Rowe, Harriman, Bean, Bloomfield, Banton, Thompson, Trialist.

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