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The Big Match Preview: Notts County

9 December 2016

All you need to know ahead of the Sky Bet League 2 clash at Meadow Lane on Saturday (k.o. 3pm).

Notts County vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 10th December 2016, k.o. 3pm 
Meadow Lane, NG2 3HJ
Referee: Eddie Ilderton

- Read our top seven storylines ahead of the game

The Blues go marching on, on, on with six straight victories - and next in their crosshairs is a Notts County side desperate to turn around their fortunes.

Saturday's opponents lost all four league games in November, in stark contrast to the Chairboys whose 100% win record earned Gareth Ainsworth the Sky Bet League 2 Manager of the Month prize, to add to the growing list of accolades for the club which have come with cup successes over Chesterfield and Millwall in the past week.

That means Wanderers have now won their last five away games in all competitions, banishing memories of the nine-month wait for a victory on the road and giving further to confidence to the players ahead of the trip north.

Gareth Ainsworth may be tempted to revert to the XI that defeated Chesterfield in the FA Cup, having made eight changes at Millwall in midweek, but Garry Thompson's brace could have put him in contention for a starting role at his former club, while Danny Rowe and Max Muller came through their returns from injury unscathed and could be involved.

Ainsworth told Wycombe Sound: "Don't be looking at this as an easy one by any stretch of the imagine, because it's a tough place to go. Last year we got a 0-0 draw but I think they just got the better of us and they were a good side that day.

"John Sheridan is a good manager; he knows how to fire up his players and they would want to beat a team that's on a run like ours. They want to be the team that stops this run and there's no way I'll let my boys go up there with any complacency.

"If we can hit the standards that we've been hitting lately then we're a match for anyone in this division. But the next hiccup could always be right around the corner and you've got to be well aware of that.

"We've had a great start to December but we haven't achieved anything yet and we've got to keep up our level of performance."

Wycombe fans will be seated in The Jimmy Sirrel Stand (all seated, under cover), with tickets available to purchase on the day.

Adults: £24
Seniors (60+): £16
Young Adult (18-21): £16
Under 18s: £7

Pre-booked tickets can be collected from Meadow Lane from 1.30pm on the day of the game.

By Adrian Wood


Recommended road directions
Take the normal route to the northbound M1 (M40 and A43). Continue on the M1 as far as J24. Follow signs for Nottingham on the A453, continuing through Clifton and passing Trent University on your left. At the next traffic lights, continue straight on and follow the signs for West Bridgford (B679). Continue for two miles before turning left at the junction onto the A60 (Loughborough Road) signposted Nottingham. Continue over Trent Bridge and take the first right at the lights into Cattle Market Road (A6011, signposted Southwell, Colwick A612). Meadow Lane stadium is on the right. If you would prefer not to drive into Nottingham centre, the Clifton South Park & Ride site is clearly signposted off the A453.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 122

Recommended area for car parking
Parking is available at the Cattle Market (opposite the away end) which costs £3.50 a car or at Nottingham City Council's Eastcroft depot (NG2 3AH) at £4 a car. The depot is a five minute walk from Meadow Lane, located just off London Road (A60), opposite Hooters club. There is some limited street parking in the local area. There is also a multi-storey car park at Nottingham Railway Station which offers match day parking at £4 all day. The entrance is via Queens Road.

Travelling by coach?
OWWSA will be running a coach that will leave Adams Park at 11:00. Travel prices are £18 for adults, £17 for seniors, and £16 for juniors. The price for non-members is £22 (No refund if game is cancelled). Note that OWWSA has added card payment to their methods of payment.  Members will be able to pay at the Vere Suite, on the coach or by telephone. Non members are required to pay before travelling, so this means either by telephone or in the Vere Suite.  If you wish to book by phone (Rena 01494 520179, Graham 07876 267301) or by e-mail ( you need to do so by Thursday 8th December at 5pm.

Using the train?
East Midlands Trains offer a regular service from London St Pancras International, with fastest journey time 1 hour 40 minutes. First return service is at 17:32 arriving back in the capital at 19:14. Meadow Lane is about a 10-minute walk from the station. Turn left out of the station along the covered walkway and left into Queens Road. Turn right at the T-junction into London Road. Take the first left into Cattle Market Road (signposted Nottingham Racecourse) for the away turnstiles.

Facilities for away fans
During the early 1990's the ground was completely rebuilt, creating an attractive all seater stadium. The ground capacity is 20,300 (all seated). Away fans are housed on one side of the Jimmy Sirrel Stand, located on one side of the ground. The normal allocation for this area is around 1,300. The views are generally good as are the catering facilities.

Around the stadium
The Supporters Club at the ground and the nearby Trent Navigation Inn on Meadow Lane tend to be for home fans only. One option is the “Trent Bridge Inn” near to the cricket ground. This is a Wetherspoons pub. There is also the “Southbank Bar” that serves excellent food and real ales. If you travel by train, then just across from the front of the station down Queensbridge Road is the "Vat and Fiddle" situated next door to the Castle Rock micro-brewery. It offers ten real ales, food and children are welcome.

Can't make it?
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