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Report: Wycombe 2-0 West Ham U21s

Wanderers sign off with a win in the Checkatrade Trophy.

28 November 2017

Wycombe Wanderers bowed out from the Checkatrade Trophy with a 2-0 win at home to West Ham United U21s at Adams Park.

Goals from Will De Havilland and Sido Jombati were enough to send the Chairboys’ into Sunday’s Emirates FA Cup tie vs Leatherhead on the back of three consecutive home victories.

Gareth Ainsworth handed Yves Ma-Kalambay a home debut, with Jack Williams, Will De Havilland, Adam El-Abd, Sam Saunders and Nick Freeman coming into the side. There was also a spot on the bench for the gaffer himself.

The first chance of the game fell to the visitors, and it brought out a terrific double save from Ma-Kalambay to deny Domingos Quina and then Sead Haskabanovic – both from close range.

In a relatively quiet opening, Wanderers’ first shot on target came on 29 minutes, when De Havilland met Saunders' free kick from halfway, though his header from just inside the area was comfortable for Nathan Trott to gather.

Scarr would then head wide at the back post from a deep-cross soon after, before the deadlock was broken just past the half-hour mark as De Havilland flicked Saunders' cross off the post and into the far-corner.

Dayle Southwell almost made it two just before the half as he poked a low cross from Nick Freeman goalwards, bringing out a super stop from Trott.

Half-time: Wycombe 1-0 West Ham United U21’s

Ten minutes into the second half and Wycombe put daylight between them and the young Hammers, as Sido Jombati doubled the advantage. Jack Williams’ picked his defensive partner out at the back-post, Jombati chested it down and found the left-corner with a sumptuous volley.

Southwell was again denied by the quick reflexes of Trott as he turned a low Freeman shot goalwards, only for the United keeper to tip behind for a corner with 60 minutes played.

Wycombe made their first change on 63 minutes as Dan Scarr was replaced by Anthony Stewart. Soon after Freeman saw an opening as the ball dropped to him on the edge from a half-cleared corner. He lashed one inches wide of the target.

At the other end, substitute Grady Diangana’ cross almost creeped into the far-corner, only for Yves to tip behind with 17 minutes left to play and a clean sheet in sight.

With just over 10 minutes remaining, Freeman cut in from the right and sent a left-footed low strike towards the far corner, though Trott got across and held it.

Luke O’Nien did well to chase down a Quina shot on the edge, but for a moment it looked as if his block was going to send it beyond Ma-Kalambay and into the net, only for it to just go over the top on 82’.

Wycombe made their second and final switch soon after - as Sam Saunders came off for Matt Bloomfield.

2-0 was how it finished then, in another impressive home performance from the Chairboys.

Attendance: 699 (199 Away)

£1 Draw (£97) - 07068


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