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The Big Match Preview: Solihull vs Wycombe

It's FA Cup time!

2 November 2017

Team news, tickets, travel and more.

Solihull Moors vs Wycombe Wanderers
Sunday 5th November October 2017, k.o. 2pm
The Automated Technology Group Stadium
Emirates FA Cup First Round
Referee: Brett Huxtable


Wanderers’ last actions in the Emirates FA Cup were to proudly applaud their supporters at White Hart Lane after having their hopes of a huge upset against Tottenham Hotspur taken away in heartbreaking fashion in stoppage time.

Their next adventure begins on Sunday, with a visit to the National League’s bottom side Solihull Moors in the first round of this season’s competition, eager to avoid an upset and return to winning ways after five games without a victory in all competitions.

Solihull overcame Ossett Town in a fourth qualifying round replay in what was unfortunately a rare win for the Moors, with five defeats in their last eight games contributing to the departure of boss Richard Money after a short spell in charge.

Assistant manager Gary Whild is in the hotseat as they bid to leave their disappointing league form behind them to spring a surprise on the Chairboys, who edged past non-league opposition in the third round last season, beating Stourbridge 2-1.

Team news
Solihull could name Sean St Ledger in their side after the locally-born defender joined the club last week, while quartet Nathan Vaughan, Richard Brodie, Tahvon Campbell and Wes McDonald have all recently departed.

Wycombe hope to welcome Dan Scarr and Anthony Stewart back into the fold, while Sido Jombati is also close to a return following injury, though Michael Harriman, Nathan Tyson and Scott Kashket remain long-term absentees with Josh Umerah also sidelined for a spell.

Man in the middle
Brett Huxtable takes charge of his second Wycombe game this season, having officiated in the 2-1 win at Colchester in September.

He’s shown 51 yellow cards and one red card in his 15 games in the middle so far.

Kit
Wanderers will be wearing their Utilita-sponsored orange away strip for the game at Solihull.

Tickets
This fixture was all-ticket for away fans, and the deadline to purchase tickets has now passed.

Pre-booked tickets can be collected from the ticket office at Solihull’s ground.

Travel
By Adrian Wood

Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the M40 towards Birmingham and at Junction 3A use the left two lanes to take the M42/Railway Station/Airport exit signed M1/M6/Birmingham (E, N & C) / Solihull / N.E.C. Merge onto the M42 and continue to Junction 5. Leave the motorway and take first exit at the roundabout towards Solihull, A41. Stay on the by-pass (dual carriageway) until you reach two sets of traffic lights close together. Turn right at the second set of traffic lights onto Yew Tree Lane which leads onto Damson Parkway. Go past BUPA Spires Parkway Hospital on your left and follow Damson Parkway for just over 1 mile to the roundabout at the Jaguar Land Rover Works. Turn right at the roundabout and the ground entrance is 100 yards on your left.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 84 (average journey time 1 hours 35 minutes)

Suggested car parking area
Apparently the club has parking spaces available on site for a charge of £2 per car. However as these will be in demand on the day, supporters will be advised to use the NCP car parks located less than 1 mile from the ground at the Birmingham Cargo Airport Terminal and the Travelodge Hotel. There is a footpath which runs from the car parks to the ground or alternatively the 'X12' and '966' buses run from adjacent to the car parks to just past the ground entrance. On police advice local street parking is not recommended.

Free bus shuttle service
Solihull Moors and Wycombe Wanderers have teamed up to arrange a free shuttle coach service to carry fans of both clubs between Solihull town centre and the Moors’ home ground for Sunday’s FA Cup first round tie (k.o. 2pm).

The two sides meet for the first time at The Automated Technology Group Stadium with a bumper crowd expected, the shuttle service has been put in place due to the ground being some distance from the rail station, and parking being limited.

There will be three trains arriving at Solihull Railway Station from High Wycombe at 10:44, 11:44 and 12:44.

There are then four shuttle coach departure times from Solihull Railway Station, at 11:50, 12:20, 12:50 and 13:15.

Each coach will also stop off in the town centre on Warwick Road (Beech House pub bus stop) at 11:55, 12:25, 12:55 and 13:20.

The drop off point will be the bus stop on Damson Lane. This is a short two minute walk from the ground.

After the match, the shuttle bus service departs from outside the ground on Damson Parkway at 16:05, 16:35 and 17:00. The bus will once again stop in Solihull town centre and then Solihull Railway Station.

Journey time on the shuttle bus is approximately 15 minutes each way.

Trains depart for High Wycombe from Solihull at 16:04, 17:04, 18:04 and 19:04.

*Places on the shuttle coach services will be on a first come first served basis.
**There is no alcohol to be brought on board.

Fancy using the train?
Both Solihull Station and Birmingham International Station are located within 3 miles of the ground and are both served by the 'X12' and '966' bus services which run directly between the two stations and past the ground. As regards the buses however remember this is a Sunday fixture so allow extra time for the journey. Journey time from Wycombe to Solihull is 1 hour 10 minutes and there is an hourly service on Sundays, trains departing Wycombe at 34 minutes past the hour. 

Facilities for away fans
Away fans are in the DrainTech Terrace at one end of the ground. This terrace is covered and has seven steps. The available seating is in a small temporary seated stand on the Main Stand side of the ground, which is located towards the away terrace. There is a base of a floodlight pylon located in the middle of this stand which will make viewing of the game from seats located behind it rather difficult. The acoustics of the away terrace are good, meaning that a good atmosphere can be generated. Please note that on reaching the ground then the away end is at the opposite end to the ground entrance, so you have to go around the club car park to your right to reach the visitors turnstiles.


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