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Gillingham vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 15th December 2018, k.o. 3pm
Referee: Dean Whitestone
Two in-form teams meet for the first time in over five years when Gillingham and Wycombe go head-to-head at Priestfield on Saturday, both eager to extend their three-match winning runs into the Christmas period.
Gareth Ainsworth vowed that his side would 'make a noise' in League 1 after winning promotion in the summer, and they've done just that, beating the likes of Peterborough and Barnsley in the midst of a superb run of form which has catapulted them to ninth in the table.
Gillingham are also on the lookout for a fourth consecutive victory, having collected wins on the road at Bristol Rovers, Slough (FA Cup) and Scunthorpe, and now need to improve their home form, having tasted success just three times in Kent in the league so far this season.
Wanderers' 1-0 win at eventual League 2 champions Gillingham in February 2013 was an early marker for what was to come during Ainsworth's reign in charge - one of eight league wins the Blues have enjoyed over the Gills, who've won six and drawn eight of the 18 previous encounters.
Wanderers have sold 375 tickets in advance; Chairboys fans can buy on the day at no price increase.
The allocation for away supporters includes seats in the Brian Moore Stand, which is uncovered, and in the Gordon Road Stand on one side, which is covered. Tickets will be available to purchase on the day of the game with a price increase of £2.
On-the-day ticket prices are as follows:
Senior (65+): £18
Students (with valid NUS card): £8
U12s: One FREE U12 ticket for each adult seat purchased.
Tickets will go off sale at 12pm on Friday 14th December. Pre-booked tickets can be collected from Adams Park before that time, or from the Medway Priestfield Stadium from 1.30pm on the day of the game.
Gillingham are expected to call Alex Lacey into the defence in place of the injured Max Ehmer, while Callum Reilly is also sidelined through suspension, but Brandon Hanlan is available again in attack.
Gareth Ainsworth could welcome former Gills frontman Adebayo Akinfenwa back into the squad after injury, while Matt Bloomfield and Marcus Bean have also trained this week and could be in contention. Stephen Henderson continues in goal after signing another seven-day emergency loan deal.
Wycombe will be in their orange and grey change strip.
Man in the Middle
Dean Whitestone has shown 59 yellow and three red cards in his 19 matches in charge so far this season.
It's his first involvement in a Wycombe fixture since the 3-0 loss at Stevenage in February 2017.
By Adrian Wood
POST CODE: ME7 4DD
Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the M40 towards London. At J1A take the southbound M25 (s/p Heathrow). Continue forward at J5 onto the M26 (s/p Maidstone, Channel Tunnel). After 10 miles, continue forward onto the M20. Exit at J6 taking the A229 s/p Chatham. Ascend Bluebell Hill and at the junction with the M2 follow signs to Margate, Dover to join the M2. Exit the M2 at junction 4 onto the A278. Follow signs for Gillingham driving over two roundabouts before taking the first exit off the third roundabout onto the A2. Continue until you come to the next roundabout (Premier Inn to your left) and take the third exit onto the A289. At the first roundabout take the first exit onto Cornwallis Avenue. Continue along Cornwallis Avenue over the traffic lights before turning right into Toronto Road. Take the second left off Toronto into Redfern Avenue, where you will see the Priestfield Stadium on your left.
Mileage from High Wycombe = 92 (approx. journey time 1 hour 45 minutes)
Recommended area for car parking
Note that there is a residents only parking scheme in operation around Priestfield Stadium. There is a cheap pay and display car park on Railway Street near Gillingham station, which is less than 10 minutes’ walk from the ground. Another option is at Our Lady of Gillingham Catholic Church on Ingram Street (ME7 1YL). Again, it is only a ten-minute walk from the church to the stadium.
Using the train?
Gillingham is served by trains from London Victoria (every 15mins), Charing Cross (every 30mins), St Pancras and Stratford International (both located on the same line, every 30mins). On leaving Gillingham station turn left on to Balmoral Road. Walk for about five minutes down Balmoral Road until you come to the end. Straight opposite Balmoral Road you will see Priestfield Road. The away turnstiles are located at the top of Priestfield Road. The walk from the station should take no longer than 10 minutes.
Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 11,582 (all seated). Away fans are housed on one side of the Brian Moore Stand (on the Medway Stand side). The stand is of the temporary variety although it is of a good size and height - the views of the playing action are fine. Note that it is uncovered, so although the Club hands out free rain macs if it rains, still be prepared to get wet! Away supporters have to walk down a very narrow terraced street to reach the away entrance.
Spare time on your hands?
I have heard that the “Fleur De Lis” pub on Gillingham Road (a 10-minute walk away) has been designated by the local Police as an away fans pub. This pub has hot and cold snacks and is family friendly. Otherwise, the ground is walkable from the town centre, where there are a fair few pubs to be found. Otherwise, alcohol is made available to away fans to buy inside the stadium.
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