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The Big Match Preview: Wycombe vs Grimsby

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1 April 2018

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Wycombe Wanderers vs Grimsby Town
Monday 2nd April 2018, k.o. 3pm
Adams Park
Referee: Christopher Sarginson
Match Sponsor: Wycombe Leisure Centre
Charity Partner: Wycombe Homeless Connection

It’s a familiar tale on Monday with the scenario facing both sides being similar to the last fixture at Adams Park, when a stubborn Port Vale boosted their survival hopes with a point from a 0-0 draw to leave the Chairboys rueing a missed opportunity to extend the gap between the top three and the sides in the play-offs.

Now Gareth Ainsworth’s men meet a Grimsby side without a win since December and facing the very real possibility of a return to the National League after just two years back in the EFL. New boss Michael Jolley has collected two points from four games in charge, but both away games have resulted in heavy defeats, making it six successive losses on the road.

Both clubs drew 0-0 on Friday, with Wanderers keeping a four-point cushion above Notts County with a professional display against the Magpies, while Grimsby were held to a stalemate by Stevenage at Blundell Park.

Wycombe need a swift end to their four-game winless run at Adams Park, ahead a 12-day break enforced by the postponement of their visit to Lincoln which was due to take place next weekend.

Not familiar with a matchday at Adams Park? Read our First Time Fans Guide.

Collection for Wycombe Homeless Connection
Volunteers from local charity Wycombe Homeless Connection will be opposite the marquee before the game to collect donated items – please click here to see a list of desired items and give what you can on Monday.

Team news

Curtis Thompson is available again for the Chairboys after being ineligible to face his parent club on Friday, while Dominic Gape could return after missing the clash with County due to a hamstring strain. Tafari Moore will be assessed after coming off at Meadow Lane, though Michael Harriman would be available to deputise having come through unscathed in his first appearance since breaking his leg in October. Sam Saunders could make the squad but Dan Scarr (ankle) and Anthony Stewart (knee) remain out.

Grimsby midfielder Luke Summerfield returned to the side on Friday while striker Jamille Matt could be fit again, but right-back Ben Davies, centre-back Karleigh Osborne and striker Simeon Jackson are all expected to be sidelined through injury.

Man in the middle
Christopher Sarginson returns to Adams Park having taken charge of the 2-1 loss to Mansfield in December.

In all he’s shown 122 yellow and five red cards in his 38 matches in the middle.

Chairboys fans can benefit from a £2 discount when they book before 5pm on Sunday; click here for all the details including prices and how to book.

This game marks the third of the Final Five fixtures, available as a bundle for £50 for adults and free in all seated areas for under 11s. Click here for information.

You can travel to the game by bus thanks to the Arriva service. Fans are advised to plan their journeys in advance and allow a little more time to account for any extra traffic around the town.

Arriva operate a 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). 

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 to the right of Ticket Office 1
Ticket enquiries and tickets for away games - 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. Mini ale festival in operation. Open at half-time for fans in the Beechdean Stand and terrace. May be busier than usual before the match due to closure of Woodlands Lounge. Open after the game with Q&A session at 5.15pm.
  • Monty's – no away colours. Open after the game.
  • Woodlands – closed due to flood damage. Members are being rehoused in the Honours Lounge and Caledonian Suite.
  • Honours - VIP hospitality.
  • Marquee – home and away fans.

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.

Scott Kashket is the cover star while inside there’s the thoughts of Gareth Ainsworth, Matt Bloomfield, Bucks Free Press reporter Nick Tunney, and Tom Hancock introduces the visitors.
Pick up a copy for £3.50 around the ground.

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.

Matchday timetable
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 to the public.
5.15pm - Q&A in Caledonian Suite.

Can't make it?

Listen live on iFollow with Ollie Bayliss on the club's audio and video service, while overseas fans can watch the game live. Click here for details.

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