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Doncaster Rovers vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 11th August 2018, k.o. 3pm
Referee: Carl Boyeson
Wanderers' first away game of the new Sky Bet League 1 season takes them to the scene of a landmark day in their recent history; one which kickstarted an historic run of form on their last visit in October 2016.
Gareth Ainsworth's men were 21st in League 2 and 2-1 down at half-time at the Keepmoat Stadium when a slight injury to Danny Rowe prompted a change. On came Adebayo Akinfenwa as a new formation and approach was devised and Wycombe didn't lose again in the league until February, laying down the foundation for the success which followed over the next 18 months.
This time they have a record to protect rather than create, being unbeaten on the road since December, but in Doncaster they face a buoyant outfit who got off to a flying start, winning 3-2 at Southend in Grant McCann's first game in charge.
Wycombe have confidence themselves though, and the positives of their display in the draw with Blackpool on day one have been built upon with the midweek additions of Bryn Morris and Jason McCarthy to the squad.
Dominic Gape could return after missing the opening day draw with a back problem, but Michael Harriman is suspended after receiving a red card against Blackpool. Scott Kashket, Nathan Tyson and Darius Charles continue to be assessed on their injuries.
Doncaster are without the injured Ali Crawford but were able to hang on to star striker John Marquis before the transfer deadline, so could make just the one enforced change from the side that won at Southend, with Crawford absent.
Man in the Middle
Carl Boyeson was the referee for THAT 4-3 win over Carlisle last season, dismissing Luke O'Nien for an alleged handball on the goal-line, before Marcus Bean snatched a last-gasp winner.
He showed exactly 100 yellow and 10 red cards in his 37 games in charge last season.
Wycombe will be in their regular first-choice strip.
Prices are as follows.
Seniors (60+): £17
Ages 22-24: £17
Ages 18-21: £13
Ages 12-17: £8
Under 12s: £5
Ambulant/Wheelchair Disabled and Carer: Price above and carer goes free
Tickets can be bought or collected from the Keepmoat Stadium from 1.30pm on the day of the game.
By Adrian Wood
POST CODE: DN4 5JW
Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the westbound M40 to Junction 10 and follow A43 towards Northampton to pick up northbound M1. At Junction 32 take the eastbound M18 (sign posted Doncaster/Hull). Leave the M18 at Junction 3 and take the A6182 towards Doncaster (the stadium is well signposted from Junction 3 and is about 1½ miles away). Go past a retail park on your left and at the next traffic lights (which has the Lakeside Pub visible behind it) turn left onto White Rose Way. The Lakeside Shopping Centre is now on your right (the stadium is located directly behind the shopping centre). At the next island turn right onto the industrial estate and after passing the Tesco distribution centre on your right, turn right at the bottom of the road and the stadium is further down on your left.
Mileage from High Wycombe = 164 (approx. journey time 2 hours 45 mins)
Recommended area for car parking
There are just 1,000 car parking spaces at the stadium that cost £5 per car. There are 60 parking spaces reserved for disabled fans, which must be booked prior to match day. Alternatively, there a number of companies on the nearby industrial park that offer match day parking at around £3-£4 per vehicle. If you happen to arrive a couple of hours before kickoff then there is also some free street parking to be had in this area.
Using the train?
London North Eastern Railway operate a regular service out of London Kings Cross, fastest journey time 1h 35m. Doncaster Station is just less than two miles away and First Bus Service Number 56 runs to Lakeside Shopping Centre from Doncaster Interchange Bus station. If you do have time on your hands and you fancy the walk (around 25-30 minutes) then as you come out of the station turn right and then keep straight on this road (the A6182 Trafford Way) and you will eventually reach the stadium complex on your left.
Facilities for away fans
The capacity is 15,231 (all seated). Away fans are located in the One Call North Stand at one end of the stadium, where around 3,344 fans can be accommodated. The view of the playing action, leg room, and facilities are all good, although fans are set well back from the pitch. Note that cash is not accepted at the turnstiles. Away tickets can be purchased from the Club Doncaster Academy Reception in the North West corner of the Stadium.
Spare time on your hands?
With the stadium located on the outskirts of the town there are not many hostelries nearby. One option however is the “Lakeside”. This is a Beefeater outlet near Stadium Way. If you are in the town centre the “Cask Corner” comes recommended. This is in Cleveland Street which is about a 10-minute walk from the station. Coming recommended by DRFC is “The Leopard” in West St just a four-minute walk from the train station. This has received good reviews from away fans. Finally, the Belle Vue Bar is situated on the outside of the West Stand and welcomes visiting fans.
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