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Wycombe Wanderers vs Morecambe
Saturday 24th February 2018, k.o. 3pm
Referee: Craig Hicks
They did it in 2015 and again in 2017 – now Morecambe will look to put a spanner in the works of a Wanderers promotion push for a third time when they land at Adams Park on Saturday afternoon.
Wycombe needed a win on the penultimate day of both seasons to keep alive their dreams of reaching the third tier but a victory and a draw for Jim Bentley’s men was sufficient to derail those aspirations; memories which will no doubt be used as inspiration for the Shrimps who are seeking a first win in seven matches.
Morecambe’s only win of 2018 came on January 6th and they now sit 22nd in the table peering nervously over their shoulder. However, they’ve conceded fewer goals than many clubs in League 2 – Wycombe included – suggesting most of their matches are tightly contested and could swing either way.
Gareth Ainsworth’s side are on the hunt for a third successive win – an eighth in nine matches since the turn of the year – and will be boosted by a bumper home crowd with many season ticket holders taking advantage of £5 guest tickets.
Not familiar with a matchday at Adams Park? Read our First Time Fans Guide.
Gareth Ainsworth has no fresh injury worries, with Sam Saunders, Sido Jombati, Michael Harriman, Scott Kashket, Anthony Stewart and Randell Williams all edging closer to a return.
Morecambe have injury concerns over goalkeeper Barry Roche (calf), Callum Lang (back), Aaron Wildig (ankle) and Niall Maher (calf), though Adam McGurk could be called into the side.
Man in the middle
Craig Hicks officiated Wanderers’ 3-2 win over Port Vale near the start of the season, and has shown 111 yellow and four red cards in his 32 matches in total, awarding eight penalties.
Chairboys fans can benefit from a £2 discount when they book before 5pm on Friday; click here for all the details including prices and how to book.
Season ticket holders can bring up to four guests for £5 each; this offer is available on the day, though any pre-booked guest tickets quality for a free programme for the season ticket holder, which can be collected from the hut closest to the entrance gate.
You can travel to the game by bus thanks to the Arriva service, which remains unchanged despite the Handy Cross roadworks. 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).
Saturday 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, and after the game
- Monty's – no away colours. Open after the game
- Woodlands - members only. Hot food available.
- 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.
Nathan McGinley is the cover star while inside there’s a recap of the last two matches, interviews with Adebayo Akinfenwa and Scott Brown, the thoughts of Ian Baker plus a review of Jonny King’s matchday experience at Exeter.
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.
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. Monty's open.
5.15pm – Q&A in the Caledonian Suite
Can't make it?
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