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The Big Match Preview: Cheltenham

7 April 2017

All you need to know ahead of the Sky Bet League 2 meeting with Cheltenham Town at Adams Park on Saturday (k.o. 3pm).

Wycombe Wanderers vs Cheltenham Town
Saturday 8th April 2017, k.o. 3pm 
Adams Park, HP12 4HJ 
Referee: Carl Boyeson

It's the home straight in the League 2 promotion race, and Wanderers have some catching up to do. But three points against Cheltenham at Adams Park could be a significant stride towards the finish line as they look to build momentum at just the right time.

Three successive away wins have kept Gareth Ainsworth's men in touch with the top seven but now they need to repair their home form with back-to-back games against the Robins and Mansfield Town coming up.

Formidable over the winter, the Chairboys have now gone five matches without a win on home soil, but tomorrow brings a new opportunity to put that right, against a Cheltenham side still in relegation danger having collected just four points from their last six games.

Last weekend's win over Morecambe gives them a little breathing space at a time when boss Gary Johnson has been away from work due to illness, with assistant manager Russell Milton deputising in his place.

He's had to make a move into the emergency loan market this week to bring in keeper Rob Lainton, given that first choice stopper Scott Brown is ineligible to face his parent club.

Lainton comes up against a Wycombe front-line which has been boosted by the return from injury of Scott Kashket and Paul Hayes, with Paris Cowan-Hall also close to a comeback, adding competition in the bid to partner top scorer Adebayo Akinfenwa in attack.

Kashket was the match-winner when the two sides met back in December, firing home from Akinfenwa's lay-off to continue his own personal hot streak in front of goal.

Man in the middle
Experienced referee Carl Boyeson takes charge of his first Wycombe match this season, having officiated the 0-0 draw at Notts County towards the end of last season.

His overall record this season stands at 111 yellow cards and seven reds in his 30 games in the middle.

First Time Fans 
Read our guide for first-time fans here.

Prostate Cancer UK
Saturday is the club's designated fixture in support of Prostate Cancer UK's Men United campaign.

The club are delighted to welcome volunteer representatives from Prostate Cancer UK to Adams Park for Saturday's fixture, collecting donations from fans to join the fight to help stop prostate cancer being a killer.

What's going on
We welcome Hughenden Valley Under 10s who are taking part in the half-time penalty shootout on the pitch.

We're also joined by 1st Bernwood Forest Scouts, Chorleywood CYFC Under 12s and Under 9s who'll be cheering on from the Origin Family Stand and taking part in a half-time lap of honour.

Matchday timetable 
10am - ticket office 1 and shop open.
12pm - bars open.
1.30pm - turnstiles open for access to stadium bowl.
2.00pm - teams announced via Twitter.
2.15pm - teamsheets distributed around the bars. 
2.20pm - warm up begins.
2.55pm - teams emerge from the tunnel.
3pm - kick-off. 
3.45pm - half-time. Fans in Beechdean & Bucks New Uni stands have access to the Caledonian Suite. Half-time penalties and lap of honour.
4pm - second half commences. 
4.45pm - full-time. Caledonian Suite and Monty's bar open.
5.20pm - Q&A in the Caledonian Suite.
6pm - Caledonian Suite closes due to private function. 

Tickets start at £15 for adults and £7 for juniors, while under 7s go free in the Origin Family Stand. There's a £2 discount on all tickets when purchased before 5pm on Friday.

Cheltenham fans are accommodated in the Panache Stand - they can pay cash on the turnstile, or by card from Ticket Office 1 on arrival.

You can travel to the game by bus thanks to the Arriva service. 

Adult return: £3 
Adult single: £2 
Concession return: £1.50 
Concession single: £1 

Fares are charged at the same rate regardless of where passengers board the service. Concessions are classed at under 16s and over 60s. 

The service timetables are as follows.

Saturday service (for 3pm kick-offs)
  • Wycombe Railway Station – 13.05 and 14.05
  • Eden Bus Station – 13.15 and 14.15
  • Handy Cross Park & Ride – 13.25 and 14.25
  • Adams Park – 13.35 and 14.35 
  • End of Hillbottom Road – 17.10
  • Handy Cross Park & Ride – 17.20
  • Eden Bus Station – 17.30
  • Wycombe Railway Station – 17.40
There will be no parking for the general public in the lower tier - spaces in the upper tier are £5 per car.

There is an additional club-run car park behind Origin Global (on the left before the Adams Park gates), priced at £5 a car.

Spaces for pass holders in the club car park are guaranteed up until 2.30pm, after which time the lower tier becomes closed to vehicles due to high pedestrian traffic. 

Blue badge holders are required to pre-book one of 15 complimentary parking spaces via the ticket office; otherwise the standard £5 charge applies. 

Where to go 
Buying tickets for this game - ticket office 1 (open from 10pm) or 2 (from 1pm).
Buying tickets for upcoming games - ticket office 1
Collecting pre-booked tickets - collection pod opposite ticket office 1
Ticket enquiries - ticket office 1, window 4 
Shop - through the shop doors 
Hospitality and boardroom guests - through the arch to the reception desk 
Media - through the arch to the reception desk 
Players and officials - designated entrance to the right of the shop 
Scouts - collection pod opposite Ticket Office 1 
Staff/deliveries - delivery entrance to the left of the shop
Kids zone - the WWSET inflatable target practice will be next to the marquee by the car park entrance

Food and drink
The bars in the stadium open at 12pm. 
  • Caledonian Suite - home fans only. Ale festival in operation. Also open at half-time for fans in Beechdean & Bucks New Uni stands, and after the game until 6pm.
  • Monty's - home fans only. Open after the game.
  • Woodlands - members only. Hot food available.
  • Honours - VIP hospitality.
  • Marquee - open to home and away fans, with BBQ food and a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks available. Also includes inflatable target practice game for kids.
All bars show Sky Sports and BT Sport on the TVs around the walls.

The BBQ, which serves burgers, hot dogs and steak burgers, will also be open at half-time, close to the entrance to the Caledonian Suite.

Inside the stadium, each stand is serviced by a kiosk serving hot and cold food and drink. 

After the game, there'll be a Q&A in the Caledonian Suite with a member of the squad.

This week's matchday programme contains the views of Gareth Ainsworth and Matt Bloomfield in their regular columns, while Ben Prior-Wandesforde takes on the Me and my Wycombe feature.

We assess the run-in for all promotion candidates, Bucks Free Press reporter Nick Tunney shares his thoughts, Steve Wilson inducts the latest star into his Hall of Fame, Tom Bowers recalls a previous meeting with the Robins and there's a round-up of the latest activity from the Sports & Education Trust.

This edition is 64 pages and costs £3.

50/50 matchday draws
The club operates two matchday draws giving fans the chance to win a cash prize. Purchase your blue £1 or orange £2 tickets from our vendors around the ground to be entered into the draw, where 50% of the takings go into the prize fund and the other 50% goes to support club projects.

Live commentary 
Tune in to Chairboys PlayerHD for live commentary from 2.55pm. Click here for details of how to subscribe.

Get the lowdown on the game in this short video.

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