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The Big Match Preview: Wycombe vs Northampton

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14 August 2018

Team news, tickets, travel and more...

Wycombe Wanderers vs Northampton Town
Tuesday 14th August 2018, k.o. 7.45pm
Carabao Cup Round One

Adams Park
Referee: Stephen Martin

After losing their unbeaten away record in 2018 on Saturday, Wanderers will be hoping to break another sequence tonight - one which has left them without a League Cup win in 90 minutes since 2006.

Only when Colchester were dispatched on penalties in 2011 have the Chairboys tasted victory in this competition since they knocked out Premier League Charlton Athletic to reach the semi-finals nearly 12 years ago.

And you need to go back to 2003 for the last home win in 90 minutes in the League Cup; the now defunct Wimbledon were defeated 2003 in an era even before Matt Bloomfield's time at the club.

Tonight sees Wycombe and Northampton both hunting their first victories of the season, with the newly-relegated Cobblers collecting one point from two games in League 2 - a record matched by the Chairboys who followed their draw with Blackpool with a 3-0 loss at Doncaster.

In the event of a draw after 90 minutes, the game will go straight to penalties (regular ABAB format).

*Click here to read our First Time Fans Guide*

Team news
Michael Harriman returns from suspension while Jason McCarthy could be handed a second debut after rejoining the Chairboys last week. Dominic Gape returned from injury as a substitute at Doncaster, while Scott Kashket took part in the warm-up, leaving only Nathan Tyson and Darius Charles on the treatment table.

Northampton will have John-Joe O'Toole available again despite picking up a knock at Carlisle on Tuesday, but Shaun McWilliams is out with a hamstring strain and ex-Chairboy Junior Morias is expected to feature, as is Aaron Pierre, who starred for the Wanderers from 2014 to 2017.

Man in the middle
Stephen Martin officiated mostly at Championship level last season, but did take charge of Wanderers' 1-1 draw at Exeter in February

It's the experienced referee's first visit to Adams Park since March 2015 - a 2-2 draw with Accrington.

Tickets cost just £10 for adults and £5 for under 18s; both sets of fans can pay on arrival or collect pre-booked tickets from Ticket Office 1. Season ticket holders are reminded they will need to pay for tickets for this fixture, as only league games are included in a season ticket.

Wanderers supporters will be accommodated in the BMI Healthcare Terrace and Beechdean Stand, with the Northampton faithful in the Lords Builders Merchants Stand.

Tonight's programme is a 16-page edition at £1, available from the shop and kiosks.

The Arriva bus service is not in operation for this fixture.

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 7.15pm, 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 5.30pm).
Collecting pre-booked tickets - Ticket Office 1
Ticket enquiries - 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

Food and drink
The bars in the stadium open at 6pm. 

  • Caledonian Suite - home and away fans. Also open at half-time for fans in Beechdean & Bucks New Uni stands.
  • Monty's – closed.
  • Woodlands - members only. Hot food available.
  • Honours - VIP hospitality.
  • Marquee – home and away fans with BBQ.

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.

Matchday timetable
10am - phone lines and shop open.
5.30pm - Ticket Office 1 opens.
5.45pm - players begin to arrive.
6pm - Caledonian Suite open.
6pm - collection point at blue pod open.
6.15pm - turnstiles open for access to stadium bowl.
6.45pm - teams announced via Twitter.
6.55pm - teamsheets distributed around the bars.
7pm - warm-up begins.
7.40pm - teams emerge from the tunnel.
7.45pm - kick-off.
8.30pm - half-time. Fans in Beechdean Stand & terrace have access to the Caledonian Suite.
8.45pm - second half commences.
9.30pm - full-time. Caledonian Suite open.

Can't make it?
Listen live on iFollow with Phil Catchpole and Brian Jeeveson the club's audio and video service.

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