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Luton Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
Tuesday 30th January 2018, k.o. 7.45pm
Referee: Tim Robinson
The Chairboys’ 100% winning record in league games in 2018 faces its sternest test yet when they visit league leaders Luton Town on Tuesday evening, taking on the Hatters in front of a sold out away end.
Gareth Ainsworth’s men have had no game for 10 days due to Coventry City’s FA Cup involvement, giving Blues fans just about enough time to catch their breath again after the dramatic 3-2 victory at Crewe Alexandra last time out.
Coupled with the New Year’s Day win at Forest Green, the triumph in the north-west suggests the Wanderers are finding their rhythm again away from home, giving them confidence as they head to Kenilworth Road where Luton are unbeaten since October and have scored seven (or eight) goals on three different occasions.
An away win would lift Ainsworth’s side to second place in the table, while a home win would send Town 12 points clear at the summit with only 16 games to play. This one could be a cracker.
Sido Jombati (knee) and Adam El-Abd (calf) could return for the Chairboys, while Curtis Thompson links up with the matchday squad for the first time since his loan move from Notts County. Anthony Stewart (calf), Michael Harriman (broken leg) and Will De Havilland (hamstring) remain absent.
Luton’s top scorer Danny Hylton could be back after suffering from a hamstring complaint, but Jordan Cook is suspended and Luke Gambin, Alan McCormack and Scott Cuthbert are all expected to be out.
Man in the middle
Tim Robinson takes charge of a Wycombe game for the second time this season; he was the referee for the FA Cup win over Leatherhead – awarding a penalty and showing a red card – while he dished out 10 yellows in a Wanderers game at Portsmouth, sent off Marcus Bean at Carlisle and was at the centre of Plymouth’s query over the use of GPS trackers back in 2015.
So far this season he’s shown nine red cards and 96 yellows from his 31 matches in the middle.
Wycombe will be in their regular light and dark blue quarters with light blue shorts and light blue socks for this fixture.
Chairboys fans sold out their full allocation so there are no more available!
By Adrian Wood
Postcode: LU4 8AW
Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the London bound M40 and then the M25 northbound (clockwise). Exit at Junction 21 then join the M1 motorway (signposted The North). Leave the M1 at Junction 11 and join the A505 towards Luton. Go through one set of traffic lights and at the 1st roundabout, turn right into Chaul End Lane. At the next roundabout turn left into Hatters Way. Whilst continuing down Hatters Way the ground will be seen on your left, although it is not accessible from this road. At the end of Hatters Way turn left and start looking for street parking from here on (the ground will now be on your left).
Mileage from High Wycombe = 42 (average journey time 45 minutes)
Suggested car parking area
There is no car park at the ground, and there is limited space available in the streets around the ground. If you are early, you can find a space close by, but the street parking fills up quite quickly. There is a multi-storey car park in the town centre. Follow the signs for the Galaxy Centre Leisure Complex. There is another large multi-storey car park at Luton railway station.
Fancy using the train?
Thameslink trains operate a very regular service from the capital (St Pancras International, Blackfriars, Farringdon etc.), average journey time is around 35 minutes. Luton station is around a 15min walk from the ground.
Facilities for away fans
Away fans are housed on one side of the small, covered Oak Road Stand (on the Executive Stand side) at one end of the ground. We have an allocation of 772 tickets. The entrance to the Oak Stand is unusual. The impression is of queuing to go into someone's house and then through their back garden and into the stand! There are a number of supporting pillars in this stand, which may hinder your view. The leg room is tight – possibly one reason why away fans tend to stand.
Spare time before or after match?
There is not a great choice of hostelries around the ground and the Wetherspoons pub called the London Hatter on Park Street has now closed down. Apparently the Beech Hill Conservative Club on Leagrave Road welcomes both home and away supporters. To find the club, with the away entrance in front of you, turn left and walk down to the bottom of Oak Road. Proceed through the small arcade of shops opposite and you will see the sign for the club between two shops. It has a large car park (charge made) and offers reasonably priced beer. Also close to the station and recommended is “The Bricklayers Arms” on High Town Road. At the ground itself there is a small bar just inside the away turnstiles serving both draught and bottled beers.
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