A professional performance from Wycombe saw them secure a 3-0 win over West Ham and progress to the knockout stage of the Checkatrade Trophy with a game to spare.Goals from Adebayo Akinfenwa, Scott Kashket and Nick Freeman overcame the Hammers’ under-21 side to add to their 3-0 win at Northampton in the first group stage encounter.
The match was immediately brought to life from the first whistle with Scott Kashket being denied at the near post by keeper Sam Howes from Danny Rowe’s flick-on in the first minute, and then Akinfenwa outjumped Howes from Sam Wood’s free-kick to head Wycombe into a one-goal lead with just under seven minutes played.
Pressure continued from the hosts, with Akinfenwa showing some clever touches and bringing down everything that was sent up to him, allowing Stephen McGinn to have a shot on goal only to be denied by the keeper, before Danny Rowe saw his volley deflect for a corner.
On 44 minutes a ball forward allowed Akinfenwa to jump with Howes who couldn’t claim, resulting in Wood having a header at an unguarded net, but under pressure the winger could only loop his effort over the bar.
This concluded the first half with Wycombe by far the dominant team and deservedly one goal to the good, but West Ham looked capable of edging their way back into the tie.
A change at the break saw a straight swap with Wycombe’s Aaron Pierre being replaced by Anthony Stewart, who slipped into the centre-half position.
The second half started similar to the first, with Wanderers adding to their tally, this time courtesy of Scott Kashket, who nicked the ball midway in the West Ham half and raced through to be presented with a one-on-one opportunity, and the striker kept his cool to calmly slot into the bottom left corner of the West Ham net.
Five minutes later, a scramble in the area resulted in the ball falling kindly to Nick Freeman but he rushed his effort and sent his shot over the bar, but he wasn’t to be denied his first professional goal which came midway through the half.
Jamal Blackman had saved well from Marcus Browne and then reacted superbly to keep out a deflection off Anthony Stewart, before Freeman made it 3-0, jinking the ball onto his right foot before lashing home at the near post.
Chances dried up with the points sewn up and the Hammers moved the ball about well in the closing stages, coming close to a consolation on a couple of occasions, but ultimately it was another 3-0 win for the Blues, and a fourth successive home victory which keeps up their momentum ahead of two tough away trips.