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The Big Match Preview: Accrington

28 February 2017

All you need to know ahead of tonight's Sky Bet League 2 clash at the Wham Stadium (k.o. 7.45pm).

Accrington Stanley vs Wycombe Wanderers
Tuesday 28th February 2017, k.o. 7.45pm
Wham Stadium, BB5 5BX
Referee: Mark Brown

The long run of consecutive Tuesday night away games comes to an end, and if it can finish like it started, then Wanderers may just feel they've turned a corner at the perfect time.

It was January 24th when Gareth Ainsworth's men kicked off their hectic schedule with a 2-1 midweek win at Mansfield in the Checkatrade Trophy, but subsequent trips to Exeter, Coventry, Crewe and Colchester have seen them leave empty-handed on each occasion.

Tonight they face an Accrington side who've hit some form after struggling at the wrong end of the table for the majority of the season, remaining unbeaten at home in 2017 whilst collecting valuable points at Mansfield and Doncaster in their last two away games.

The last three encounters between the two sides have ended in 1-1 draws, with Garry Thompson earning a point on Wycombe's last visit in March.

Joe Jacobson returns from suspension and could face his former club, while Adebayo Akinfenwa hopes to continue his excellent record of scoring against the Reds which includes strikes in the 1-1 draw at Adams Park earlier this season, and a crucial goal for AFC Wimbledon in the play-off semi-finals last year.

Pitch update
The playing surface at the Wham Stadium was deemed playable by a match official on Tuesday morning, meaning the game will go ahead as planned unless there is significant rainfall throughout the afternoon.

Any updates will be posted on both clubs' websites and social media channels.

Head-to-head
Accrington have won five of the 17 overall meetings, with Wycombe collecting four victories; eight encounters have ended in draws.

Three of those Chairboys triumphs have come at the Wham Stadium, while Stanley's only home success came in the first ever match between the clubs in 2006.

Man in the middle
Mark Brown only returned to refereeing in January following a spell out of the game; he's shown 22 yellows and no reds in his eight matches so far.

He was last in charge of a Wycombe match last January when he officiated in the 1-0 loss at Hartlepool.

Tickets
There is no pre-sale allocation of tickets for this fixture, so fans can pay on arrival at the ground (cash only).

Prices are the same in either the terracing in the Coppice Terrace, or the seats in the Whinney Hill Stand.

Adults: £20
Concessions (64+): £15
Students: £15
U18s: £15
U12s: £10

Travel
By Adrian Wood

Postcode: BB5 5BX

Recommended road directions
Take the normal route to northbound M6 (M40, M42). Leave the motorway at J29 and take the M65 (signed Burnley, Blackburn). Leave the M65 at Junction 7, taking the Clitheroe turn off the roundabout (A6185). Turn right at the first set of traffic lights opposite Clayton Business Park, following the A678 (sign posted Padiham). Follow the road over the canal bridge to the next set of traffic lights. Turn right again going over the motorway bridge and towards Accrington on the A680.  Carry straight on at the next set of lights with the Greyhound pub on your right.  Follow the road as it bends to the right and then take the first left after the Crown pub into Livingstone Road.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 211

Recommended area for car parking
Car parking is available on the streets surrounding the club, and for a small donation, on land adjacent to the ground belonging to a local amateur side. There is no parking at the stadium itself.

Using the train?
As this is a midweek fixture this is not an option as the last London bound train off Accrington is at 20:21hrs. For anyone travelling up by rail the best route is from Euston changing at Preston. Journey time is a little over 3 hours. Accrington station is about a mile away from the ground – walking time around 20 minutes.

Facilities for away fans
The capacity is 5,057 with seating for 2,000. Visitors are mostly housed in the Coppice Terrace at one end of the ground. This can hold up to 1,800 fans after this area was recently extended. In addition some seats are available in the Whinney Hill Stand. This has a mixture of seating and terrace and has the benefit of some cover, unlike the Coppice Terrace which is open to the elements. The official ASFC programme, containing all latest news, interviews, features and reports is available around the ground priced £3.

Facilities around the ground
The club website says that the Accrington Stanley Sports Bar located in the Blackrock EMI (Jack Barrett) Stand offers a warm welcome to all home and away supporters. The bar offers draft lager, draft cider and all standard pub drinks along with a selection of pies, plus it shows live sport on the big screens pre and post-match. The nearest pub is “The Crown”, which is just behind the ground on the main Whalley Road. Another option is to go from the ground to the main road and head towards the town centre where you will find “The Grey Horse” PH. Opposite is the Oaklea Fish and Chip shop. This area is also good for street parking.

Can't make it?
Live commentary will be available on Chairboys PlayerHD and the FLi Player app. Alternatively you can follow regular updates on our Twitter account - @wwfcofficial. Also keep an eye on Facebook and Instagram for more content.

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