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The Big Match Preview: Doncaster

28 October 2016

All you need to know ahead of the Sky Bet League Two clash at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday (k.o. 3pm).

Doncaster Rovers vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 29th October 2016, k.o. 3pm
Keepmoat Stadium, DN4 5JW
Referee: Lee Probert

The Keepmoat Stadium is a new destination for the Wanderers, who've never played at the new(ish) home of Saturday's opponents Doncaster Rovers - and could it be the scene of Wycombe's first away win of the season?

The two teams haven't met in the league since the 1993/94 campaign, when both were triumphant on home soil, and the last meeting in 2006 was a magical night of cup football with the Chairboys progressing to the fourth round of the Carling Cup thanks a penalty shootout success after an absorbing 2-2 draw.

Rovers possess the best home record in the division, having adapted quickly to life back in the fourth tier under Darren Ferguson, who's enjoyed promotion glory at this level with Peterborough United earlier in his career.

They come into the game on the back of a disappointing 4-2 defeat at Blackpool which ended an impressive run of three straight wins, and they've also scored the highest number of goals in League Two.

Gareth Ainsworth will be without winger Myles Weston as he serves a one-game suspension for the red card he picked up against Barnet, but Paul Hayes could return after injury to add another dimension to the visitors' frontline.

Meanwhile Adebayo Akinfenwa could face his former employers, having scored on the day Rovers clinched promotion from League Two in 2004.

Tickets are off advance sale from 3pm on Friday, but can be purchased on arrival at the Keepmoat Stadium at no extra cost.

Prices are as follows:

Adults: £20.00
Seniors (60+): £16.00
Young Adults (ages 17-20): £12.00
Junior (ages 12–16): £8.00
Child (ages 11 and under): £5.00

Recommended road directions
Take the westbound M40 to Junction 10 and follow A43 towards Northampton to pick up northbound M1. At Junction 32 take the eastbound M18 (sign posted Doncaster/Hull). Leave the M18 at Junction 3 and take the A6182 towards Doncaster (the stadium is well signposted from Junction 3 and is about 1½ miles away). Go past a retail park on your left and at the next traffic lights (which has the Lakeside Pub visible behind it) turn left onto White Rose Way. The Lakeside Shopping Centre is now on your right (the stadium is located directly behind the shopping centre). At the next island turn right onto the industrial estate and after passing the Tesco distribution centre on your right, turn right at the bottom of the road and the stadium is further down on your left. 

Mileage from High Wycombe = 164

Recommended area for car parking
There are just 1,000 car parking spaces at the stadium that cost £5 per car. There are 60 parking spaces reserved for disabled fans, which must be booked prior to match day. Alternatively there a number of companies on the nearby industrial park that offer match day parking at around £3-£4 per vehicle. If you happen to arrive a couple of hours before kick-off then there is also some free street parking to be had in this area.

Using the train?
There is a regular service from London Kings Cross, fastest journey time 1h 26m. Return timings are at 17:55, 18:39, 18:55 plus some later departures. Doncaster Station is just less than two miles away and a bus service is available from the Transport Interchange (attached to the Train Station).  If you do have time on your hands and you fancy the walk (around 25-30 minutes) then as you come out of the station turn right and then keep straight on this road (the A6182 Trafford Way) and you will eventually reach the stadium complex on your left.

Facilities for away fans
The capacity is 15,231 (all seated). Away fans are located in the Case Construction North Stand at one end of the stadium, where around 3,344 fans can be accommodated. The view of the playing action, leg room, and facilities are all good, although fans are set well back from the pitch. Note that cash is not accepted at the turnstiles - tickets can be purchased from the South Stand ticket office.

Facilities around the ground
With the stadium located on the outskirts of the town there are not many hostelries nearby. One option however is the “Lakeside”. This is a Beefeater outlet near Stadium Way. If you are in the town centre the “Cask Corner” comes recommended. This is in Cleveland Street which is about a 10-minute walk from the station. Also near the station and popular with visiting fans is the “Railway pub” on West Street. There is also a bar at the stadium itself that admits visiting fans.

Can't make it?
Phil Catchpole and guest are behind the mic to provide live commentary on Chairboys Player and the FLi Player app from 2.55pm. Alternatively you can follow regular updates on our Twitter account - @wwfcofficial. Also keen an eye on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat for more content.

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