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The Big Match Preview: Mansfield

13 April 2017

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

Wycombe Wanderers vs Mansfield Town
Friday 14th April 2017, k.o. 3pm 
Adams Park, HP12 4HJ 
Referee: Robert Jones

Five games to go, and it's crunch time for both clubs. Realistically anything other than a victory could end hopes of a late sprint into the play-offs, so there's a belting game in prospect as both sides go all-out in the hunt for three points.

Gareth Ainsworth's men bridged the gap to the top seven despite being held to a frustrating draw by Cheltenham last weekend, while the Stags' defeat at leaders Doncaster kicked off a sequence of tough games against fellow candidates for promotion.

Adams Park was a particularly happy home for the Blues over the winter with a run of seven wins from eight in south Bucks, but they've hit the buffers with a six-game winless streak at home which needs to be ended quickly.

Their two visits to Mansfield earlier this year saw them leave undefeated on both occasions; a late Stags leveller meant the points were shared in the league in October, but a comeback triumph in the Checkatrade Trophy in January proved the potency of Wanderers' strikeforce of Adebayo Akinfenwa and Scott Kashket.

They could be reunited again on Friday after Kashket returned from injury as a second-half substitute last Saturday, while Gareth Ainsworth says Myles Weston and Sam Saunders could be in contention for a return.

Man in the middle
Robert Jones returns to Adams Park just three months after his last visit, when he awarded penalties to both sides in a 1-1 draw with Yeovil.

He refereed a Mansfield game just three weeks ago at Morecambe, and has an overall record of 112 yellow and four red cards in 36 games.

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

Know The Score
Saturday is the club's designated fixture in support of the Know The Score bowel cancer campaign.

Both sets of players will warm up in Know The Score t-shirts while the Sports & Education Trust pages in the programme are dedicated to the cause.

What's going on
There's mini chocolate giveaways for fans thanks to Kuoni High Wycombe, while representatives from Penn Fest will be handing out details after the festival which takes place this July.

Meanwhile the Mana promo team will be helping to spread the word about the club's new season ticket packages, launched today.

Wycombe Leisure Centre are the match sponsors and they have some goodies to give away in a half-time competition - keep your eyes peeled at the break.

After the game, the 500 Club party takes place in the Caledonian Suite, giving contributors the opportunity to enjoy a meal with the players as well as a series of interviews and presentations, with prizes up for grabs.

Shop offer
There's a 10% discount on all childrenswear in the shop to mark Quid-A-Kid day at Adams Park - pop in to snap up a bargain for your young'un!

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.
4pm - second half commences. 
4.45pm - full-time. Monty's bar open to the public; Caledonian Suite closed for 500 Club function.

Tickets 
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.

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

Travel
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)
Outbound: 
  • 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 
Return: 
  • End of Hillbottom Road – 17.10
  • Handy Cross Park & Ride – 17.20
  • Eden Bus Station – 17.30
  • Wycombe Railway Station – 17.40
Parking
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 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.

Parklife 
This week's matchday programme contains the views of Gareth Ainsworth and Matt Bloomfield in their regular columns, while Simon McCallion 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 Stags 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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