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The Big Match Preview: Bristol Rovers vs Wycombe

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18 January 2019

Team news, tickets, travel and more...

Bristol Rovers vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 19th January 2019, k.o. 3pm
Memorial Stadium
Referee: Ben Toner

Wanderers are back on the road for the first time in 2019 as they take on an in-form Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium.

Gareth Ainsworth's men go into the fixture on the back of a dramatic late win over play-off chasing Doncaster Rovers at Adams Park last weekend, where the Chairboys came from two goals down with 20 minutes remaining to secure a 3-2 victory in injury time.

That triumph stopped a run of four straight defeats and Wanderers will be hoping to follow that up with their third away victory of the season against the Pirates who are flying under new manager Graham Coughlan.

Rovers are currently on a run on five league game without a loss and have pulled themselves out of the Sky Bet League One relegation zone in the process. Eight points and seven places seperate Wycombe in 13th and the Gas in 20th as both teams battle for survival.

It was Bristol Rovers who were the victors when the two teams met back at Adams Park in August. First half goals from Ollie Clarke and Tony Craig, both from corners, put them on course for victory, and despite one back from Scott Kashket late on and several chances in the dying minutes, the Chairboys couldn’t snatch a equaliser.

Fixtures against the Pirates have been edge-of-the-seat material in recent times, could we be in for another one?

Tickets
Tickets are now off sale from the ticket office at Adams Park with just over 450 tickets sold. Pre-booked tickets can be collected from the Memorial Stadium from 1pm on the day of the game.

Tickets will also be available to purchase on the day of the game with no price increase:

South Stand Seating (Capacity 291) - entrance via turnstiles 24-26
Adults: £22
65+: £18
16-21: £18
Under 16: £10
Under 11: £5

Uncovered Away Terrace (Capacity 850)
Adults: £18
65+: £14
16-21: £14
Under 16: £10
Under 11: £5

Team News
The Chairboys only have goalkeeper Yves Ma-Kalambay (broken finger) and defender Darius Charles (hip) unavailable for selection for this fixture.

Kit
Wycombe will be in their away orange and gunmetal grey strip for this fixture.

Man in the Middle
Ben Toner has shown 60 yellow and four red cards in his 23 matches in charge so far this season.

He last took charge of a Wycombe fixture in early November, in the 1-0 win at home to Peterborough United in Sky Bet League One.

Travel
By Adrian Wood

POST CODE: BS7 0BF

Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
The Memorial Stadium is located on Filton Avenue, just off the Gloucester Road (A38) and is approximately two miles from the centre of Bristol. Take the A404 south, leading to the A404(M) and the westbound M4. Exit the motorway at Junction 19, taking the M32 signposted Bristol. After 3.1 miles, exit at Junction 2 and take the 3rd exit signposted Horfield and Southmead. Follow the road through a division and a roundabout both of which have clear signs to “The Memorial Stadium”. Once through this area you join Muller Road. Drive along here for 1.4 miles until you come to signal-controlled crossroads. Signposted right is Horfield Health Centre and Library. At this junction, ignore the sign and turn left into Filton Avenue. The ground is almost immediately on the left.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 101 (approx. journey time 2 hours)

Recommended area for car parking
Finding a space within a five to ten-minute walk is usually relatively easy - parking on Muller Road is a popular choice as is Gloucester Road. If Muller Road and Gloucester Road are busy then there are many other roads across the other side of Gloucester Road - travel past the Wellington pub along Kellaway Avenue and you'll find another area of roads often used for match day parking. Although there is plenty of on-street parking available, it is a predominately residential area so please ensure that private driveways are not obstructed.

Travelling by coach?
OWWSA will be running a coach that will leave Adams Park at 11.00. Travel prices are £18 for adults, £17 for seniors, and £16 for juniors. The price for non-members is £23 (no refund if game is cancelled and the coaches have left their depot). If you wish to book by phone (Rena 01494 520179, Graham 07876 267301) or by e-mail (bookings@owwsa.co.uk) you need to do so by Thursday 17th January at 5pm.

Using the train?
Bristol Parkway is about two miles from the ground and buses 73/73A/73B run from the railway station past the Memorial Stadium. Another option is to take a local train from Temple Meads to Montpelier. From there the ground is about a 30-minute walk.

Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 12,300. Away supporters are mostly housed in an open terrace on one side of the East Stand. This area is open to the elements so be prepared to get wet. In addition, seats are made available to away fans in the South Stand at one end of the ground. The official programme costs £3.

Spare time on your hands?
There is a bar behind the clubhouse terrace at the ground that usually admits away fans. Alcohol is not made available to away fans inside the stadium. There are plenty of food outlets in the Gloucester Road area. As regards hostelries, not far from the Memorial Stadium on Gloucester Road is “The Wellington”. This serves food and normally has a mix of home and away fans on matchdays. Also on Gloucester Road is a recently opened micropub called “The Drapers Arms”. Also coming recommended is “The Annexe Inn” on Seymour Road.

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