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Report: Wycombe 1-2 Plymouth

12 September 2015

Wanderers' unbeaten start finally came to an end as Argyle came out on top at Adams Park.

All three goals were scored in the first half when Reuben Reid converted from close range before Jason Banton levelled matters with his first goal in light and dark blue.

However, Jake Jervis inadvertently restored the visitors' lead and they did enough to see out the game, although the Blues twice came close to equalising through Garry Thompson and debutant Gozie Ugwu.

Kick-off was delayed by six minutes due to an investigation by the referee into some GPS equipment being worn under the Wanderers’ jerseys, but the club were able to produce a letter which authorised its use and the game went ahead with the hosts attacking towards the Bucks New Uni Stand in the first half.

However, the early action was at the other end where Reuben Reid skipped past Danny Rowe before seeing his near-post effort blocked by Matt Ingram. From the resulting corner, the ball was flicked on and Reid was lurking to tap home from a yard, giving Argyle the lead.

Reid of course spent time on loan at Adams Park in 2007 but it was a former Pilgrim who levelled matters after 13 minutes, when Jason Banton met Aaron Pierre’s knockdown from a corner and lashed it high into the roof of the net from close range.

Banton then whipped an effort over the crossbar from Garry Thompson’s clever header, before Michael Harriman played in a low ball which was met first by the sliding Luke O’Nien, but his shot hit the post and the follow-up was cleared off the line from a tight angle.

Then Argyle regained the lead in slightly fortuitous circumstances when a free-kick from the right was cleared into the body of Jake Jervis, and the ball bounced off him and over the line even though the striker was falling to the ground.

Moments later, Joe Jacobson’s excellent clearing header blocked Graham Carey’s goalbound shot and Argyle got their tails up, coming close when a cross from the right was headed towards the corner by Reuben Reid only for Matt Ingram to stick out a big hand to keep it out despite his body initially going the other way.

But Wanderers should have been level just before the interval when Danny Rowe’s ambitious long-range shot cannoned into the path of Gozie Ugwu. His effort was saved by Luke McCormick, Aaron Pierre miscued his follow-up but it landed at the feet of Banton who could only put it wide.

The second period started relatively quietly but when Curtis Nelson terribly misjudged a ball over the top, Garry Thompson’s shot struck the inside of the post and stayed out as he clipped it past the keeper.

Chances remained few and far between and couple of bumps sustained by Danny Rowe prompted a reshuffle as Aaron Amadi-Holloway came on with Michael Harriman moving to right-back and Sido Jombati switching to the centre.

A free-kick from Joe Jacobson was met by Aaron Pierre but Ugwu couldn’t quite squeeze it inside the post under pressure, before the introduction of Ryan Sellers gave Wanderers a new threat courtesy of his long throw, one of which was headed wide by Pierre on 82 minutes.

The referee’s whistle saw more activity than either goalkeeper in the closing stages as a series of niggly fouls killed the flow of the game, and seven minutes of stoppage time came and went with no further drama as the visitors edged a point ahead of Wycombe in the Sky Bet League 2 table.

Wycombe: Ingram, Jombati, Jacobson, Rowe (Amadi-Holloway 72), Pierre, Harriman, O’Nien, Bean, Banton (Sellers 81), Thompson, Ugwu.

Unused subs: Lynch, Donacien, Bloomfield, McGinn, Kretzschmar.

Plymouth: McCormick, Mellor, Sawyer, Nelson, Hartley, McHugh, Boateng, Wylde (Tanner 45), Carey, Jervis (Brunt 75), Reid (Cox 90).

Unused subs: Harvey (GK), Purrington, Bentley, Harvey.

Referee: Mr Tim Robinson

Attendance: 4,223 (777 from Plymouth)

Winning 50/50 Draw Number – Blue £1 Ticket: 1648
Prize Money: £657.50

Winning 50/50 Draw Number – Orange £2 Ticket: 2314
Prize Money: £124.00

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