Six points from the last two games of the season will see Wycombe Wanderers promoted to League One. Ahead of the trip to already relegated Chesterfield, I spoke to a clean shaven and youthful looking Gareth Ainsworth:
Yet more late drama from Wycombe Wanderers… Here is how it unfolded, with Bill Turnbull calling the action:
After the game, I spoke with Gareth Ainsworth for BBC Three Counties Radio:
I also had a chat with Adebayo Akinfenwa:
A fiercely contested match at Broadhall Way failed to produce a goal but it was an entertaining game with both sides creating chances.
The Chairboys thought they had scored in the first half when goalkeeper, Scott Brown, launched a long free kick into the penalty area which somehow eluded Stevenage stopper Joe Fryer, only to be heroically cleared off the line by a heavily bandaged Ron Henry.
Several Wycombe players were convinced the ball had crossed the line but the referee waved play on and the Chairboys finished the half strongly after what had been a slow start to the game.
The second half was dominated by Wycombe, especially after the introduction of Sam Saunders and Nathan Tyson, who replaced a quiet Eberechi Eze and an industrious Nick Freeman.
Adebayo Akinfenwa was still not 100 per cent fit but nearly broke the deadlock late in the second half with a clever back header that struck the base of the post.
After the game, I spoke with the Wycombe Wanderers manager, Gareth Ainsworth:
An impressive second half performance saw the Chairboys defeat Leatherhead to make the third round of the FA Cup.
After the game I spoke to the Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth:
I also caught up with the evergreen Adebayo Akinfenwa, following an assist and a goal from The Beast:
Wycombe manager, Gareth Ainsworth, spoke to me on BBC3CR following the 0-0 draw against Exeter City at Adams Park.
A new season. Renewed hope, fresh faces, a new kit and as always, plenty to discuss.
The end of the last campaign really felt like a hard slog with the gruelling schedule taking it’s toll on a small and injury hit squad. Walking back into Adams Park last night though, there was a real buzz of anticipation about the place. Whispers of sell on clauses, identities of trialists, sightings of The Beast and actually being able to see and purchase club merchandise before the opening day of the season. Wycombe Wanderers are getting their mojo back.
The 1-1 draw against Brentford was as entertaining as a pre season friendly could be, played out in very hot conditions with a few mystery faces on the pitch. A welcome goal from Dayle Southwell and an impressive first half from Myles Weston were big positives for the Chairboys and there is still much more to come. At least one goalkeeper will need to be secured, trialists have earned more time to impress and following guidance from the FA, Adebayo Akinfenwa’s home debut will probably be against QPR on Friday.
The new rules concerning loans this season are undoubtedly going to add to the usual madness of pre season with all business having to be concluded by the end of August. After that, it’s make do with what you have until the window is reopened once again in January. With Wycombe running a small squad, this adds another dimension to the decisions that Gareth Ainsworth must make on players and also when he does so. I caught up with him after the game for a chat about these very things…
I also took the opportunity for a chat with new striker Dayle Southwell. On first impression, he looks to be an excellent addition to the squad, both on and off the field. As I have been away for most of the Summer I had some catching up to do and Dayle very kindly entertained my lazy Jamie Vardy comparison…