UK time is: 20:37:17
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Vale end Blues' unbeaten run on the road


Port Vale 2 Wycombe Wanderers 1

All good things must come to an end, and this afternoon at Vale Park it was Wycombe's unbeaten record away from home that fell by the wayside.

The Blues played some good stuff at times, but the Valiants created far more clear-cut chances and if it weren't for some wayward finishing on their part and some excellent saves from Nikki Bull, the margin of victory would have been greater.

The first warning sign came after only four minutes when an incisive passing move from Vale carved the Wycombe defence apart with ease only for Justin Richards to place his shot wide of the post with only the keeper to beat.

A few minutes later Bull made his first save of the day when he denied Marc Richards who had found time to turn and shoot from just inside the box.

It was a good spell of pressure for the home side and they made it count after 11 minutes when central-defender John McCombe opened the scoring from close range.

Wycombe had only partially cleared a corner, and when the ball was crossed back into the danger area, Marc Richards knocked it across the face of goal where McCombe applied the finishing touch with a diving header.

The goal seemed to spur Wycombe into action and they equalised only five minutes later when Dave Winfield headed home a Matt Bloomfield corner.

The Blues went on to enjoy their best spell of the match between Winfield's goal and half-time, but for all their possession they couldn't fashion another shot on target.

Vale were on the back foot, but as the first-half drew to a close, Bull had to make an absolutely breathtaking save to prevent them from regaining the lead.

Gary Roberts found Justin Richards unmarked on the left and his low cross was inch perfect for the on-rushing Marc Richards who looked stunned when Bull saved his shot from point blank range.

Stuart Beavon fired one high and wide just after the break, but Vale were soon applying pressure of their own, and after a couple of near misses, they regained the lead when defender McCombe scored his second of the game - hooking home a Gary Roberts free-kick after 61 minutes.

The Blues had it all to do again, but try as they might, they couldn't get past a solid Vale defence.

Kevin Betsy screwed one past the post from 20 yards and Andy Sandell fired one at the keeper from the same distance, but the only clear-cut chance fell to Ben Strevens in the final minute when a corner was nodded on and he made contact at the far post but couldn't direct his effort on target.

It was by no means a poor performance from Wycombe, but they will be disappointed to have dominated possession and yet only managed two shots on target all game.


Moan of the Day - The numerous short-corner routines that went horribly wrong and almost invariably meant losing possession while most of our players were still in the box waiting for a cross that never arrived.


Man of the Match - Nikki Bull


Line-up
Bull, Foster, Winfield, Westwood, Sandell, Ainsworth, Bloomfield, Montrose, Betsy, Strevens, Beavon




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



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

The Journalist

Writer: Len Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday November 20 2010

Time: 10:03PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Wycombe Wanderers Articles

It's Barnet in the Cup (Wednesday October 29 2014)

Blues drawn away to Clarets or Bees (Monday October 27 2014)

Murphy rescues blunt Blues (Saturday October 25 2014)

Blues and Cobblers fined by FA (Wednesday October 22 2014)

Blues lose unbeaten away record at Exeter (Wednesday October 22 2014)

Archived Wycombe Wanderers Articles

List All Vital Wycombe Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. ClaireWW 1

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Luton 15 9 3 3 +8 30
2. Wycombe 15 8 5 2 +10 29
3. Burton 15 9 1 5 +1 28
4. Shrewsbury 15 8 3 4 +12 27
5. Bury 15 8 3 4 +7 27
6. Plymouth 15 8 2 5 +9 26
7. Morecambe 15 7 2 6 +2 23

Breaking League News

Westley Brings In Barnard
Stevenage : 31/10/2014 20:29:00
Brown Brings In Two
Southend : 31/10/2014 20:23:00
Murray Wants Some Swagger & Signs Two
Hartlepool : 31/10/2014 20:15:00
Cameron Signs Three Year Extension
Bury : 31/10/2014 18:55:00
Ardley Unsure On Northampton Focus
Wimbledon : 31/10/2014 18:45:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Who was your Man of the Match against Dagenham?
Suggested By:  
Ingram 2%
Jombati 3%
Mawson 20%
Pierre 13%
Jacobson 0%
Cowan-Hall 0%
Scowen 0%
Murphy 3%
Wood 50%
Craig 3%
Hayes 6%
Kretzschmar 0%