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The Big Match Preview: Doncaster

21 April 2017

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

Wycombe Wanderers vs Doncaster Rovers
Saturday 22nd April 2017, k.o. 3pm 
Adams Park, HP12 4HJ 
Referee: Graham Horwood

13th plays 1st at Adams Park - but all being well, both teams could be playing League 1 football next year as the play-off race continues to take extraordinary twists and turns to keep 10 teams in the hunt for four places with just three games to go.

Wanderers' 2-0 win at Barnet moved them to within two points of the top seven, yet they find themselves in the bottom half of the table by virtue of having slightly inferior goal difference to the three other sides locked on 62 points.

Doncaster's promotion back to League 1 was tied up a fortnight ago with a victory over Mansfield but they've collected just one points in their two games since then, causing some concern that their seemingly inevitable surge towards the title may be halted with Plymouth hot on their tails.

Darren Ferguson's side will be boosted by the return of up to five players from injury, while Sky Bet League 2 Player of the Year John Marquis is likely to feature in attack, having netted in the 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture in October.

That match started a phenomenal unbeaten streak for the Chairboys, something they'll need to replicate in these final three games if they are to sneak into the top seven. Gareth Ainsworth has the luxury of a virtually fully fit squad, with just Anthony Stewart and Paris Cowan-Hall likely to miss out through injury, though both are close to a return to action.

Man in the middle
Graham Horwood makes his third visit to Adams Park this season, having officiated in the 1-0 win over Stevenage and 2-0 loss to Barnet, when he ruled out a Wycombe goal after mistakenly neglecting to play an advantage.

In all he's shown 108 yellow and six red cards in his 29 matches so far this term.

Head to head
It's the first league meeting between the sides at Adams Park since 1993, when Tim Langford's strike earned a 1-0 win for the Blues after Jason Cousins was sent off.

Wanderers completed the double that season with a 3-0 victory at Belle Vue, and the Carling Cup encounter in 2006 ended in a 2-2 draw at Adams Park before the Chairboys were victorious in the penalty shootout.

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

Shop offer
There's a fantastic sale on the white change shirts and both varieties of keeper tops - click here for full details.

Matchday timetable 
10am - ticket office 1 and shop open.
12pm - bars open.
12.30pm - players begin to arrive.
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.
4pm - second half commences. 
4.45pm - full-time. Caledonian Suite and Monty's open.
5.20pm - Q&A in the Caledonian Suite.

Tickets start at £15 for adults and just £1 for under-18s in the Origin Family Stand, or £7 elsewhere. There's a £2 discount on all standard tickets when purchased before 5pm on Friday.

Doncaster fans are accommodated in the Panache Stand - it's an all-ticket fixture for away fans, who must buy in advance.

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.

Regular 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.
  • 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 and hog roast, 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.

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

We provide an updated look at 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 Rovers 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.

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