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Plymouth Argyle vs Wycombe Wanderers
Tuesday 21st August 2018, k.o. 7.45pm
Referee: Ollie Yates
Matchday four of the new Sky Bet League 1 season sets up a long Tuesday night trip to Devon for the Wanderers faithful, as Gareth Ainsworth's side go in search of their first victory to right the wrongs of their 2-1 loss to Bristol Rovers on Saturday.
Scott Kashket netted the Chairboys' first league goal of the new campaign to offer some cheer at the end of the game, and that must act as a springboard for a better start to the match tonight, when they meet another winless side in Argyle.
Home Park has been a relatively happy hunting ground for Ainsworth, who has only lost twice as a manager in 14 visits to Devon (both at Exeter), with memories of the play-off semi-final first leg victory, Barry Richardson's heroics and Myles Weston's last-minute equaliser evoked when this fixture comes around.
But the current generation of Wycombe stars will be looking to create another special memory by producing the club's first win in League 1 since March 2012 - coincidentally in the same county, when Paul Hayes starred in a 3-1 win at Exeter.
Darius Charles has travelled with the squad as he nears a return to fitness while there are no fresh injury worries, giving Ainsworth decisions to make in terms of selection following Saturday's setback.
Plymouth are without the suspended Jamie Ness but former Chairboys Tafari Moore and Joel Grant are likely to feature.
Man in the Middle
Ollie Yates has shown 10 yellow cards in three games so far and only officiated in seven EFL games last season.
His last involvement in a Wycombe game was the 0-0 draw at Blackpool in August 2016.
Wycombe will be in their orange and grey change strip.
Prices are as follows.
Concessions (18-21 & Over 65): £17
Under 18s: £9
Family Ticket (Adult + U18): £26
Tickets can be bought or collected from Home Park from 6.15pm on the day of the game.
By Adrian Wood
POST CODE: PL2 3DQ
Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the A404 south, leading to the A404(M) and continue to the westbound M4. Leave the M4 at J20 and take the M5 (s/p The South West). Continue forward at J31. Keep in right hand lanes and then continue forward onto the A38. Continue on the A38 Devon Expressway until the junction with the A386, signposted Home Park, City Centre, Ferry Port, and Tavistock. At the roundabout as you come off the A38, take the second exit A386, signposted Plymouth Argyle Home Park, Ferry Port. Stay on this road for approximately a mile and the stadium is on your left.
Mileage from High Wycombe = 222 (approx. journey time 3 hours 25 mins)
Recommended area for car parking
There is a good sized, council-run, car-park right outside the stadium. The good thing is that it is free to use. It is operated on a 'first in before the game, first out after the game basis'. Be wary of parking on streets in the nearby area. Some require parking permits, some do not. Be extra aware of parking restrictions in the Life Centre next to the ground, as there are frequently enforcement officers on hand to clamp down on illegal parking. There is some street parking if you drive past the ground, heading away from the city centre.
Using the train?
Great Western Railway operate a regular direct service out of London Paddington, fastest journey time 3 hours. For the return there is an overnight service timed to depart Plymouth at 23:54 arriving back in the capital at 05:03 (Weds morning).
Facilities for away fans
Home Park is seeing some further investment at the moment with the refurbishment of the Grandstand on one side of the ground. This means that this stand that dates back to 1952 will be closed for the 2018/19 season, whilst major works are undertaken, including putting in place a new roof. Away fans are housed in the Barn Park End, which is all seated and covered. As you would expect from a modern stand (constructed in 2001/02) the facilities and views of the playing action are both good.
Spare time on your hands?
The most popular pub with visiting fans appears to be the Britannia in Wolseley Road. This is a large Wetherspoons outlet, about a 10-minute walk from the ground (from the car park outside the football ground, turn left and the pub is down the road on the right-hand corner). It tends to get very busy with fans queuing to get in but the doormen are pretty efficient so you shouldn’t have to wait too long to get in. Near to the pub is normally a van selling pasties. Opposite the Britannia is the Embassy Club which is best avoided by away fans. Around a 15-minute walk away from Home Park (going back in the direction of the A38) is the Cherry Tree pub on Ham Drive. A similar distance away (but going in the opposite direction across the Park) is the Hyde Park Social Club which welcomes visiting supporters. Otherwise, alcohol is available within the ground.
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