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The Big Match Preview: Cambridge

5 May 2017

Matchday 46 is almost upon us. Here's all you need to know!

Wycombe Wanderers vs Cambridge United
Saturday 6th May 2017, k.o. 5.30pm 
Adams Park, HP12 4HJ 
Referee: Mark Heywood

- Read Gareth Ainsworth's assessment ahead of the game
- Marcus Bean calls for the fans to unite for one last push
- The calm before the storm: build-up video

"Control the controllables" will be the message ringing in the ears of both sets of players when they cross the white line at 5.30pm on Saturday. Three points may or may not be enough to take either side into the Sky Bet League 2 play-offs, but although their destiny lies out of their hands, both Wycombe and Cambridge know football has a funny habit of delivering the unexpected.

Three years ago this week, Wanderers went to Torquay needing a win and a favour to escape relegation, and that's exactly what they got. This time around they're battling at the other end of the table, seeking a last gasp surge into the top seven, for which they need to beat the U's - who are in an identical position - and rely on results elsewhere going their way.

Put simply, four of the five sides directly above Wycombe in the table must drop points in order for Gareth Ainsworth's men to make the top seven, if they can defeat Cambridge. One of those five teams are United themselves, while Carlisle go to Exeter, Blackpool host Leyton Orient, Stevenage play at home to Accrington and Colchester welcome Yeovil.

Wanderers' 2-1 win over Doncaster in their last home game restored a feelgood factor at Adams Park, one which must continue in front of a bumper crowd with both sets of fans hoping to have their seasons extended by three more games in the play-offs.

Wycombe welcomed Anthony Stewart and Paris Cowan-Hall back from injury last week and will hope to be at full-strength if Joe Jacobson and Scott Kashket can shrug off their respective rib and groin injuries.

Cambridge are missing forwards Uche Izpeazu, Adam McGurk and Barry Corr due to injury but they do have a prolific marksman in midfielder Luke Berry, who's netted 22 times so far in all competitions.

Man in the middle
Mark Heywood returns to Adams Park having officiated in the 1-1 draw with Luton in January, in which he showed a straight red to visiting defender Johnny Mullins,

In all he's dished out 157 yellow and seven red cards in his 35 games so far this season.

Head to head
Wanderers have won four of the five meetings since Cambridge returned to the league in 2014, including the last-gasp 2-1 victory at the Abbey in November.

Adams Park has seen eight Wycombe victories and just one Cambridge triumph in total, with the overall record standing at 11 Wycombe wins, five Cambridge wins and just one solitary draw.

What's On
We have a very special music festival in the car park throughout the afternoon; click here for details.

Before kick-off there's the presentation of the OWWSA and WWISC player of the year awards, while at half-time Alan Hodgson will receive his trophy for Volunteer of the Year, which was announced at Sunday's awards dinner.

There'll be a lap of appreciation from the players after the final whistle; fans of both clubs are urged to stay off the pitch whatever the result to enable this to happen. Encroaching onto the playing area at any time is an offence and could lead to stadium bans and/or police action.

Meanwhile there's a film crew on site working on a club project; please feel free to interact with the cameras and stop for an interview.

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 
12.30pm - gates open for music festival. Marquee open.
1pm - ticket office 1 and shop open.
1pm - Monty's bar open.
2pm - Caledonian Suite open.
2.30pm - ticket office 2 open.
3pm - blue pod open for collections.
3pm - players begin to arrive.
4pm - turnstiles open for access to stadium bowl.
4.30pm - teams announced via Twitter.
4.45pm - teamsheets distributed around the bars. 
4.50pm - warm up begins.
5.15pm - presentations to OWWSA and WWISC players of the season on pitch.
5.25pm - teams emerge from the tunnel.
5.30pm - kick-off. 
6.15pm - half-time. Fans in Beechdean & Bucks New Uni stands have access to the Caledonian Suite.
6.30pm - second half commences. 
7.15pm - full-time. Caledonian Suite and Monty's open. Players to return for lap of appreciation.
7.45pm - Q&A in the Caledonian Suite.

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

Cambridge 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 timetable is as follows.

  • Wycombe Railway Station – 15.35
  • Eden Bus Station – 15.45
  • Handy Cross Park & Ride – 15.55
  • Adams Park – 16.05
The return journey will depart from the end of Hillbottom Road approximately 20 minutes after the final whistle; please confirm the time with the driver on the inbound journey.

There will be no parking for the general public in the lower tier - spaces in the upper tier are £5 per car.

There are additional club-run car park behind Origin Global (on the left before the Adams Park gates), and at the United Biscuits site at the entrance to Hillbottom Road, both priced at £5 a car.

Spaces for pass holders in the club car park are guaranteed up until 5pm, 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 1pm) or 2 (from 2.30pm).
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
See below for details of the various bars. 
  • 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 music festival, BBQ 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.

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 Adrian Read takes on the Me and my Wycombe feature.

There's a recap of Sunday's awards dinner, including interviews with some of the winners, while 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 U's, David Cornwell picks his top five photos 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 5.25pm. Click here for details of how to subscribe.

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