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Report: Aldershot 2-2 Wycombe

The Chairboys play out a draw at the EBB Stadium.

22 July 2017

Wycombe drew 2-2 with Aldershot Town in their third pre-season friendly ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.

The Chairboys had to come back from behind after Jake Gallagher netted from close range after 10 minutes, giving the hosts the lead at the break.

Dayle Southwell levelled from the spot, before Nick Freeman gave Wycombe the lead with just over twenty left to play with a well taken finish.

It wasn't enough to give Gareth Ainsworth's side the win though as Jack Cook headed in from a corner to earn his side a draw.

The Chairboys lined-up in a 4-3-3 formation in very wet conditions at the EBB Stadium, with the ball not moving entirely freely in the opening stages.

After a couple of half chances for either side through Southwell and Nick Arnold, the game sprung into life as Gallagher gave Shots the lead. A low cross, zipping off the sodden turf caught the Wycombe defence cold, and Gallagher, unmarked, turned it home at the back-post.

Wycombe tried to bounce back quickly, and had the ball in the net as it was scrambled home from Will De Havilland's flick on from a free kick, but the offside flag was up.

Freeman had a great chance to level on 36 minutes as Southwell's shot was parried out by Aldershot stopper Jake Cole, but the midfielder could only hit over from six-yards out.

Half-time: Aldershot 1-0 Wycombe

Marcus Bean replaced Adebayo Akinfenwa at the interval as Freeman joined the three in attack for the second period.

Paris Cowan-Hall was first to get a sight of goal after the restart, though he saw his effort blocked with the Aldershot defence hot on his heels.

Wanderers would have the chance to level things up from the spot on 52 minutes as Danny Rowe went on a terrific run from right-back. Rowe covered half the length of the pitch before being brought down in the box as he geared up to shoot.

Southwell, just as he had vs QPR U23s the week previously, stepped up to take the penalty, and made no mistake as he sent Cole the wrong way and slotted the ball in the corner.

Ainsworth then made six changes on the hour-mark, with Michael Harriman, Max Muller, Joe Jacobson, Sam Saunders, Luke O'Nien and Paul Hayes replacing Sido Jombati, Adam El-Abd, Rowe, Dominic Gape, Matt Bloomfield and Cowan-Hall.

The fresh legs made a difference as Saunders picked the lock of the Aldershot backline with a sublime pass to play Freeman through on 68 minutes. The 21-year-old was cool, calm and collected as he put the ball past the oncoming Cole and into the net to give his team the lead.

The Blues were now in full control and could smell a third. Bean won it back with a well-timed tackle in the middle before threading it through to Hayes. The striker was off-balance as he lined it up to shoot and it missed the target on 71'.

Wycombe would go close again a minute later as Southwell found space at the back-post and hit a volley into the ground and just over the bar.

The visitors were made to pay for not capitalising on that spell of pressure, as following a superb save from Scott Brown to deny former Chairboy Scott Rendell, Shots would have the ball in the net from the resulting corner as Cook headed the home side level on 76 minutes.

With five minutes of the match remaining, Hayes went close to grabbing a winner as Wycombe broke. Bean highlighted his warrior credentials in the middle again, regaining possession of the ball in the middle of the park before finding Saunders. The midfielder played it to Southwell on the edge, who then played in Hayes but his shot was blocked.

There was late chances for Muller and the ever-present Southwell but Wycombe would have to settle for a draw. Their next pre-season friendly comes against AFC Wimbledon at Adams Park on Tuesday 25th July (7.45pm KO). 

Wycombe: Brown, Rowe (Harriman 60), Jombati (Jacobson 60), De Havilland, El-Abd (Muller 60), Gape (O'Nien 60), Bloomfield (Saunders 60), Freeman, Southwell, Cowan-Hall (Hayes 60), Akinfenwa (Bean 45).

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