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The Big Match Preview: Wycombe vs Cambridge

All you need to know.

9 March 2018

Team news, tickets, travel and more...

Wycombe Wanderers vs Cambridge United
Saturday 10th March 2018, k.o. 3pm
Adams Park
Referee: Nicholas Kinseley

Not since February 2017 have the Chairboys been faced with the challenge of bouncing back from successive defeats, but a third home game in a row presents the opportunity to return to winning ways when Cambridge United visit Adams Park on Saturday.

A phenomenal run of form of seven wins from eight games at the start of 2018 ground to a halt when Morecambe and then Coventry departed south Bucks with three points each, and the postponement of last weekend’s visit to Crawley meant that the bitter taste of defeat would linger a little longer.

But Gareth Ainsworth insists his side are focused solely on the positives of their 35 matches to doubt and will look to extend their impressive recent record against Cambridge at Adams Park, winning each of the last three encounters with a 1-0 scoreline.

The Chairboys were also victorious in the reverse fixture earlier this season but the U’s have seen a recent upturn in form which makes them a threat, averaging two points a game since Joe Dunne took over as caretaker manager since Shaun Derry exited his post.

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

Team news

Gareth Ainsworth welcomed Sido Jombati into the squad for the last game against Coventry while Randell Williams and Scott Kashket are back in full training and could be in contention. Michael Harriman continues to build up his fitness after recovering from a broken leg, with Sam Saunders and Anthony Stewart next in line for a return.

Cambridge have welcomed Piero Mingoia and Barry Corr back to training but the pair may not be available in time for the game.

Man in the middle
Nicholas Kinseley was in charge of the Chairboys’ 1-0 victory over Chesterfield in December, having refereed Cambridge’s 7-0 loss at Luton the previous month.

He’s shown 89 yellow and six red cards in 23 games so far this season, but is yet to award a penalty.

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.

This game marks the first of the Final Five fixtures, available as a bundle for £50 for adults and free in all seated areas for under 11s. Click here for information.

You can travel to the game by bus thanks to the Arriva service. 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. May be busier than usual due to close of Woodlands Lounge.
  • Monty's – no away colours. Open after the game.
  • Woodlands – closed due to flood damage. Members are being rehoused in the Honours Lounge and Caledonian Suite.
  • 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.

Adam El-Abd is the cover star while inside there’s a review of Bill Turnbull’s appearance on the celebrity edition of the Great British Bake Off and a step back in time to the FA Cup quarter-final win at Leicester City 17 years ago to the day.
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

Can't make it?

Listen live on iFollow with Bill Turnbull and Phil Catchpole on the club's audio and video service, while overseas fans can watch the game live. Click here for details.

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