Date:Thursday October 15 2009
Wycombe Wanderers face Colchester United at Adams Park on Saturday in their 13th league game of the season.
This is the first clash between the two old foes for over five years and it has all the makings of a thriller
On current form there should only be one winner. Over the last six games, Colchester are top of the divisional form table with 14 points, while Wycombe sit at the opposite end of the spectrum in last place with only 2 points.
However, with the Chairboys having appointed a new manager earlier this week, their fans will be hoping for a positive reaction from the players and perhaps even an unlikely and long overdue second victory of the season.
The U's are currently 3rd in the table with 24 points from their opening 12 league games.
With a 7-1 win at Norwich City on the opening day of the season quickly followed by wins over Yeovil and Gillingham, the U's were off to a flier and sat proudly at the top of the table.
It was the stuff of dreams for Colchester fans but there was a sting in the tail when Norwich promptly poached their manager Paul Lambert.
A run of three consecutive defeats in all competions was ended when new manager Aidy Bothroyd was appointed on 2nd September marking the start of a seven game unbeaten run which Wycombe will be hoping to put a stop to on Saturday.
One glimmer of hope for Wycombe is the fact that Colchester have only won once in their last five away games.
Last season the U's finished 12th in League One with 63 points, but for the two seasons before that they were enjoying the heady heights of Championship football, finishing 10th in 2006/07 before being relegated in last place the following year.
Colchester's last five games
LG1: Hartlepool (H).........Won 2-0
LG1: Tranmere (A)........Drew 1-1
LG1: Charlton (H)...........Won 3-0
LG1: Huddersfield (H).....Won 1-0
LG1: Orient (A)..............Won 1-0
Colchester Goal Stats
League Goals Scored (Total).....22
League Goals Scored (Away)....11
League Goals Conceded (Total).....9
League Goals Conceded (Away)....5
Top Goal Scorers (All Competitions)
Striker: Kevin Lisbie............6
Striker: Kayode Odejayi......4
Striker: Clive Platt..............3
Midfielder: Scott Vernon......3
Midfielder: David Fox..........2
Striler: Ashley Vincent........2
Kevin Lisbie.............10 on-target...18 off-target...0 against woodwork
Ashley Vincent..........9 on-target.....8 off-target...1 against woodwork
John-Joe O'Toole.......5 on-target.....8 off-target...0 against woodwork
Wycombe Wanderers are currently 23rd in the table with 6 points from their opening 12 games.
Having decided to part company with manager Peter Taylor only 11 games after he led the club to their first ever automatic promotion, the Wycombe board have gambled on a new man being able to reverse the Chairboys' current nosedive back into League Two.
With only one win in their first 14 games in all competitions, and that coming way back in August, it's been a fairly depressing time for Wycombe fans, but this week's appointment of former Aldershot boss Gary Waddock has at least rekindled a sense of optimism at Adams Park.
Waddock will still have to work with the same players that have put Wycombe in their current precarious position, but his reputation as a manager who likes to attack has at least given some hope to those who have almost given up on their team being able to keep a clean sheet.
Having conceded goals in every game this season, it's been the Chairboys failure to score often enough themselves that has largely contributed to their lowly position in the table.
This has been particularly evident at Adams Park where Wycombe have only scored three league goals all season and have failed to hit the net in their last three games, losing them all 1-0.
In yet more encouraging news for the Wycombe fans, midfield maestro Tommy Doherty made his first appearance of the season on Tuesday evening when he played 45 minutes for the reserves against Luton Town although it's probably too soon to expect him to play against Colchester on Saturday.
Wycombe's last five games
LG1: Franchise (H) .........Lost 1-0
LG1: Swindon (A)..........Drew 1-1
LG1: Tranmere (H)..........Lost 1-0
LG1: Orient (H)...............Lost 1-0
LG1: Gillingham (A).........Lost 3-2
Wycombe Goals Stats
League Goals Scored (Total).....11
League Goals Scored (Home).....3
League Goals Conceded (Total)...20
League Goals Conceded (Home)....6
Goal Scorers (All Competitions)
Striker: Jon-Paul Pittman.....4
Midfielder: Chris Zebroski....2
Striker: Matt Harrold...........2
Midfielder: Matt Phillips........1
Striker: Stuart Beavon........1
Striker: Ashley Chambers...1
Defender: Craig Woodman..1
Defender: Leon Johnson......1
Stuart Green..........10 on-target....10 off-target....0 against woodwork
Jon-Paul Pittman.....11 on-target.....7 off-target....0 against woodwork
Chris Zebroski........12 on-target.....5 off-target....0 against woodwork
League Form Guide
Wycombe....Pld: 12...W: 1...D: 3...L: 8....Pts: 6.....Pts per game: 0.5
Colchester...Pld: 12...W: 7...D: 3...L: 2...Pts: 24....Pts per game: 2.0
Last Five Games
Wycombe:.........LDLLL - 1 point
Colchester:...WDWWW - 13 points
Last Five Home Games
Wycombe:....DWLLL - 4 points
Last Five Away Games
Colchester:..LDDDW - 6 points
Against Top Half Opposition
Wycombe...Pld: 8.......Pts: 5......Pts per game: 0.62
Colchester..Pld: 7.....Pts: 13......Pts per game: 1.85
Against Bottom Half Opposition
Wycombe.....Pld: 4......Pts: 1......Pts per game: 0.25
Colchester...Pld: 5......Pts: 11.....Pts per game: 2.20
Altogether the two sides have met on 17 occasions with 5 wins for Wycombe, 5 for Colchester and 7 draws.
In Wycombe there have been 2 wins for the Chairboys, 4 draws and 3 wins for Colchester.
Previous Meetings in Wycombe
1985/86 FAc: Wycombe 2 Colchester 0
1993/94 LG2: Wycombe 2 Colchester 5
1998/99 LG1: Wycombe 2 Colchester 2
1999/00 LG1: Wycombe 3 Colchester 0
2000/01 LG1: Wycombe 1 Colchester 1
2001/02 LG1: Wycombe 0 Colchester 0
2002/03 LG1: Wycombe 0 Colchester 0
2003/04 LG1: Wycombe 1 Colchester 2
2003/04 FLT: Wycombe 2 Colchester 3
The Man In The Middle
Saturday's referee is Christopher Sarginson from Staffordshire who joined the National List of referees in 2008. His most recent Wycombe game was the 3-0 home win over Gary Waddock's Aldershot Town in April of this year.
Date:Thursday October 15 2009
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