Vital Football

Latest Wycombe Wanderers News

Blues score another four in pre-season finale

Blues score another four in pre-season finale


Wycombe Wanderers completed their pre-season schedule this afternoon with a 4-2 win at Conference South side Farnborough FC.


First Half Line Up

Arnold

McCoy Winfield Johnson Westlake

Phillips Montrose Bloomfield Betsy

Pittman Strevens


Second Half Line Up

Arnold

McCoy (Foster 62) Bennett Westwood Westlake (Green 74)

Fitchett Murtagh Bloomfield (Belcher 74) Phillips (Ainsworth 74)

Rendell Pittman (McClure 72)


Following their superb performance against a young Chelsea side on Thursday evening, the Chairboys faced a more gritty challenge this afternoon and they got off to the best possible start when they were awarded a penalty after only three minutes.

The spot-kick was given for a foul on Ben Strevens and scored with some style by Kevin Betsy who sent Boro keeper Michael Jordan the wrong way as he confidently slotted the ball into the corner of the net.

Wycombe's second goal after 20 minutes also involved Betsy and Strevens. When a Matt Phillips corner was only partially cleared by Boro, Betsy fired in a fierce volley which a full-stretch Jordan could only parry. Lurking in the box, Strevens waited patiently for the ball to drop before burying it into the back of the net with aplomb.

It wasn't all Wycombe though. Farnborough had already created a couple of chances which a more clinical side might have converted, and it was no surprise when they pulled one back in the 24th minute through Bradley Bubb after good work from winger Dale Binns.

The Blues made it 3-1 after 53 minutes when Matt Phillips collected a Matt Bloomfield chip at the back post and coolly found the corner of the net from a tight angle.

Four minutes later it was 4-1 when Jon-Paul Pittman continued his purple-patch by jinking into the box to score his 8th goal of pre-season after some clever interplay with the impressive Kieran Murtagh.

Boro pulled one back after 79 minutes when substitute Anthony Thomas curled a fine shot into the top right hand corner of the net from 20 yards with Blues keeper Steve Arnold only able to stand and watch.

Thomas almost repeated the trick a couple of minutes later when his fine effort from the edge of the box only narrowly cleared the Wycombe crossbar.

The Chairboys came close to scoring a fifth goal in stoppage time when Dan Fitchett found himself in the clear and slotted the ball past Jordan only to watch it hit the foot of the post and rebound to safety.


Post pre-season opinion

At the end of what's been a highly entertaining pre-season campaign which has seen Wycombe firing on all cylinders up-front and turning on the style in midfield, the only areas of slight concern ahead of the Morecambe game would appear to lie at the back.

Goalkeeper - Nikki Bull has looked superb and as long as he stays fit we're in safe hands. If he gets injured however, we might have a problem. Steve Arnold looks promising, but may need a little more experience before making the step up.

Left-Back - This is the main area of concern. Several different players have been played out of position to cover for the injured Andy Sandell. None have looked particularly convincing and even now it's not clear who will be given the nod against Morecambe next Saturday.

Right-Back - The exciting but relatively inexperienced Marvin McCoy, or Danny Foster who may be required to play out of position at left back? I have no idea who Waddock will pick.

Centre-Backs - No problem. Perm any two from Leon Johnson, Chris Westwood, Alan Bennett and Dave Winfield - they've all looked good in pre-season.

Wingers - We're spoilt. Pick any two from Kevin Betsy, Gareth Ainsworth and Matt Phillips.

Central Midfield - No problem. Perm any two from Lewis Montrose, Matt Bloomfield and Kieran Murtagh. All three have looked strong, skillful and energetic in pre-season.

Strikers - It's looking good. Jon-Paul Pittman, Ben Strevens and Scott Rendell are all looking sharp and finding the net. Which two to select will be a dilemma for Gary Waddock.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Len
Date:Saturday July 31 2010
Time: 8:56PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Wycombe Wanderers Articles

The Opposition View - Dagenham & Redbridge

What the Daggers thought of yesterday's game

Blues regain play-off spot with win at Daggers

Dagenham & Redbridge 1-2 Wycombe Wanderers

Stats: Dagenham & Redbridge v Wycombe Wanderers

All the stats from Dagenham & Redbridge (1) vs (2) Wycombe Wanderers, Victoria Road Att:

Preview Stats: Dagenham & Redbridge v Wycombe Wanderers

Tuesday 9th February 2016 - 7.45pm

Archived Vital Wycombe Articles

Vital Wycombe articles from

Site Journalists

Len
Profile
Benny
Profile
Dale Jenkins
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Who was your Man of the Match against Dagenham?
Suggested By:
Allsop10%
Harriman0%
McCarthy9%
Pierre9%
Jombati0%
Cowan-Hall18%
O'Nien54%
Bloomfield0%
Wood0%
Hayes0%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Northampton 28 19 4 5 61 20
2 Plymouth 29 17 5 7 56 17
3 Oxford 28 14 10 4 52 19
4 Mansfield 31 13 9 9 48 9
5 Bristol Rovers 29 14 5 10 47 10
6 Wycombe 29 13 7 9 46 6
7 Leyton Orient 30 12 10 8 46 5
8 Portsmouth 28 11 12 5 45 20
9 Accrington 26 13 6 7 45 12
10 Cambridge 30 12 8 10 44 3
11 Wimbledon 28 11 9 8 42 7
12 Carlisle 26 11 9 6 42 5
13 Exeter 28 11 7 10 40 -1
14 Luton 30 10 8 12 38 1
15 Crawley 30 11 4 15 37 -13
16 Morecambe 30 10 6 14 36 -3
17 Notts County 27 10 6 11 36 -6
18 Barnet 28 9 6 13 33 -8
19 Stevenage 31 7 10 14 31 -14
20 Newport 28 6 9 13 27 -11
21 Yeovil 29 5 9 15 24 -14
22 Hartlepool 26 7 3 16 24 -19
23 Dag & Red 29 4 8 17 20 -22
24 York 28 4 8 16 20 -23
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Wycombe Wanderers Fixtures (view all)

Feb 13 2016 3:00PM : Exeter City (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Feb 20 2016 3:00PM : Northampton Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Feb 27 2016 3:00PM : Bristol Rovers (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Mar 1 2016 7:45PM : Cambridge United (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Mar 5 2016 3:00PM : Newport County (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Mar 12 2016 3:00PM : Stevenage (H)
Sky Bet League Two

Recent Wycombe Wanderers Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.WhiteHorseWycombe1