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Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town
Saturday 25th November 2017, k.o. 3pm
Referee: Tom Nield
The thrill of Wanderers’ 4-0 home win last weekend was tempered by a frustrating 1-0 away loss in midweek, leaving Gareth Ainsworth’s men with the challenge of bouncing back with a victory to restore the feelgood factor ahead of back-to-back cup encounters.
Craig Mackail-Smith’s hat-trick against Crawley was evidence of what Wycombe are capable of when they turn on the style, netting 3+ goals for the ninth occasion already this season. But Tuesday’s defeat at Accrington saw them embroiled in a totally different type of affair, ultimately being edged out due to a poorly-defended set piece.
Now they face Yeovil, a side they’ve never beaten at Adams Park since reaching the EFL, but one struggling to find form, particularly away from home.
Wycombe’s last home defeat – just one of two in the league this season – came in mid-September, and with West Ham U21s and Leatherhead coming up in the week that follows, they’ll be looking to replicate Mackail-Smith’s treble with a hat-trick of home wins, starting with the Glovers.
Gareth Ainsworth will make a late decision on the fitness of Craig Mackail-Smith after the striker came off injured at Accrington, while Adam El-Abd misses out after collecting his fifth yellow card of the season. Dominic Gape and Sam Saunders have returned to the squad after missing the midweek trip.
Yeovil are without centre-backs Sid Nelson and Bevis Mugabi through suspension, though Ryan Dickson could return after a head injury.
Man in the middle
Tom Nield is in his first season in the EFL, showing 32 yellow and two red cards in his 12 games so far, none of which have featured Wycombe or Yeovil.
Chairboys fans can benefit from a £2 discount when they book before 5pm on Friday; click here for all the details including prices and how to book.
Please note the ticket office phone line will not be open on the day of the game.
You can travel to the game by bus thanks to the Arriva service.
Effective from October 2017, Arriva operate a revised matchday service at a standard fare of £3 single or £4 return, irrespective of where passengers join or leave the service. Children aged 11 and under are charged half price (£1.50 single or £2 return).
Saturday 3pm kick-offs:
Handy Cross Hub – 12.55 and 13.55
Rail Station – 13.05 and 14.05
Frogmoor – 13.10 and 14.10
Bus Station – 13.15 and 14.15
Adams Park – 13.30 and 14.30
The return service will depart from Adams Park approximately 20 minutes after full-time, calling at the same pick-up/drop-off points.
Fares will be charged as follows:
Adult Single: £3
Adult Return: £4
Child Single: £1.50
Child Return: £2
Children are classed as ages 11 and under.
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 (from 12pm).
Collecting pre-booked tickets - collection pod opposite Ticket Office 1
Ticket enquiries plus FA Cup tickets (until 2pm, and after the game) - 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 outside the marquee.
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 - no away colours. Open after the game.
- Woodlands - members only. Hot food available.
- Honours - VIP hospitality.
- Marquee – closed.
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.
Matt Bloomfield is the cover star while there’s a review of famous Chairboys hat-tricks and columns from Bucks Free Press reporter Nick Tunney, Gareth Ainsworth and Matt Bloomfield as well as summaries of the last two matches.
Tom Hancock introduces the visitors, Adrian Wood re-visits former encounters with the Glovers, Craig Mackail-Smith talks through last week’s treble and we welcome local boxer Ben Smith ahead of his upcoming fight.
Pick up a copy for £3.50 around the ground.
Wanderers will be showing their support for the Stonewall campaign for the LGBT+ community with a rainbow coloured captain’s armband and corner flags.
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 £ tickets from our vendors around the ground to be entered into the draw, where 50% of the takings go into the prize find and the other 50% goes to support club projects.
10am - shop open.
12pm - Ticket Office 1 open.
12pm - Caledonian Suite and Monty's open.
1pm - collection point at blue pod open.
1pm - players begin to arrive.
1.30pm - turnstiles open for access to stadium bowl.
2pm - teams announced via Twitter.
2.10pm - teamsheets distributed around the bars.
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. Caledonian Suite and Monty's open.
5.15pm - Q&A in the Caledonian Suite.
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