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The Big Match Preview: Wycombe vs Colchester

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12 January 2018

Team news, tickets, travel and more...

Wycombe Wanderers vs Colchester United
Saturday 13th January 2018, k.o. 3pm
Adams Park
Referee: John Busby

Twenty games to fulfil the promotion dream. Wanderers saw their cup adventure come to an end last weekend but now all eyes are on a top seven finish in Sky Bet League Two, with old foes Colchester next up at Adams Park.

Gareth Ainsworth’s men were enjoying unprecedented success on home turf, winning six consecutive matches at Adams Park for the first time in their EFL era, but defeats to Mansfield and Preston have just taken the gloss off what was becoming a sparkling record in south Bucks.

Their previous home defeat in the league – prior to Mansfield – came against Luton in September, and they followed that with four wins on the bounce, starting with a 2-1 triumph at Colchester.

They’ll be looking to repeat that show of resilience when they renew acquaintances with the U’s, who’ve won just one of their last five games but do possess the talents of the newly crowned Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month, Sammie Szmodics.

Not familiar with a matchday at Adams Park? Read our First Time Fans Guide.

Team news
Gareth Ainsworth says injury woes are mounting up at Adams Park, with Anthony Stewart, Sido Jombati and Michael Harriman being joined by a couple more players during the week, although Scott Kashket is available again after making his long-awaited return last Saturday. Arsenal loanee Tafari Moore goes straight into the squad after joining on Friday.

Colchester’s long-term absentees Luke Prosser and Brennan Dickenson are edging closer to a return but this weekend is likely to come too soon, while Kyel Reid’s loan spell ended last weekend.

Man in the middle
John Busby has shown 77 yellow and four red cards in his 30 matches so far, which have included Colchester’s wins over Mansfield and Swindon.

He officiated in two Wycombe victories last season; the 5-1 thrashing of Crewe and the 1-0 success at Newport.

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.

You can travel to the game by bus thanks to the Arriva service. 

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 opposite 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 –away fans only.

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.

Joe Jacobson is the cover star while inside there’s a recap of Wanderers’ only home win to date over Colchester in the EFL, plus photos from Simon Webbe’s recent visit to Adams Park ahead of next May’s Sellebrity match.

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.

Matchday timetable
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

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