A late goal from new signing Will De Havilland couldn't prevent a first defeat of the pre-season campaign at Aldershot on Tuesday night.The National League side raced into an early lead thanks to strikes from Scott Rendell and Matt McClure and more than matched an experienced Wycombe line-up in the first hour.
A spate of substitutions swung momentum in the Chairboys' favour and they halved the deficit when De Havilland turned home following a corner late on, but ran out of time to find the equaliser.
De Havilland and fellow new signing Scott Brown were named in the starting line-up to face an Aldershot attack comprised of two former Chairboys strikers, but it’s likely nobody expected the impact the pair of forwards would make inside the first eight minutes.
First Matt McClure – released from Adams Park a year ago – delivered a low cross for the Wanderers’ 2010/11 top goalscorer Scott Rendell to stroke home, before McClure glanced a header perfectly into the corner from an inviting delivery from the right to make it 2-0.
The hosts continued to threaten, although two half-chances for the Blues saw Michael Harriman denied in the nick of time from six yards before Garry Thompson fizzed in a cross which was deflected wide.
Scott Brown made a smart save to keep out Iffy Allen’s whipped shot from the edge of the box, before McClure flashed a header across the face of goal from the resulting corner.
Wycombe’s best chance of the half came when Thompson headed against the crossbar from Sam Wood’s clipped cross, but all in all the hosts were deserving of their half-time lead.
Gareth Ainsworth shifted his side from a 4-4-2 formation a 4-3-3 at the break and the impact was almost immediate, with Marcus Bean being denied by a brave block at the end of a fine move which saw Thompson’s deep cross nodded back into danger by Akinfenwa.
Six substitutions just after the hour mark gave the visitors renewed vigour and a forward burst, sparked by Stephen McGinn and Danny Rowe, resulted in chances for Dayle Southwell and Nick Freeman, though the latter’s shot bounced into the ground and clipped the top of the crossbar before bouncing over.
Myles Weston saw a late chance deflected wide for a corner after he cut in from the right touchline and drilled a shot goalwards, and the goal Wycombe deserved came when De Havilland found himself in the right place to convert Anthony Stewart's low pass shortly before the final whistle.
Wycombe: Brown (Trialist-GK 63), Jombati (Rowe 63), Jacobson, Stewart, De Havilland, Harriman, Bean (O’Nien 63), McGinn , Wood (Weston 63), Thompson (O’Nien 63), Akinfenwa (Southwell 63).
Unused subs: Ainsworth.