Blues see off the Generals in the B&B
Wycombe Wanderers earned their place in the final of the Berks and Bucks Senior Invitation Trophy with a 4-1 win over Chesham United at the Gore on Tuesday evening.
Manager Richard Dobson's starting line-up included the surprise return to action of midfielder Stuart Green, who made his first appearance in a light and dark blue quartered shirt since September 2010.
The 'hosts' made the perfect start when defender Andy Sandell burst into the box before cutting in and hitting a right-footed shot past visiting goalkeeper Shane Gore and into the bottom corner of the net. The Generals were denied a stonewall penalty when ex-Newcastle United striker Paul Robinson was brought crashing down in the area by Sandell on 20 mins. Midfielder Steve Wales levelled on the half hour with a stunning free-kick from just outside the box that found the net via the post.
The second half was only sixty seconds old when striker Jon-Paul Pittman tapped home the rebound after fellow front-man Matt McClure's shot had been parried by Gore. Pittman then bagged himself a brace two minutes later when he tucked home from close-range following a corner. Gore denied Pittman the match ball with a fine stop before Sandell saw his header crash off a post. Midfielder Josh Scowen made it 4-1 with six minutes remaining when he ran from the centre of the visitors defence before burying his shot in the top corner.
Wycombe line-up: Arnold, Stewart, Bennett, Kiernan, Sandell, Harris, Scowen, Murtagh, Green (Dunne 77), McClure (Ware 89), Pittman (Taylor 86).
Chesham line-up: Gore, Kyriacou, Lambert, Bernard (Bartley 75), Elsegood, Talbot (Gudgeon 70), Fotheringham, Watters (Marsala 71), Wales, Robinson, Gayle.
Dobson told the Bucks Advertiser afterwards: 'We looked like scoring goals and it could've been seven or eight with the chances we created. It is pleasing and we said to them at half-time that we had a lot of possession around the edge of the box and we hadn't made the most of it. Two early goals really settled us down after half-time. We have a final to come now and it will be something nice to look forward to at the end of the season. There is a nice feel about the club at the moment because the older pros are in touch with the kids and they train with the first-team and they help them a lot.'
Chesham boss Andy Leese didn't mince his words, telling the Bucks Free Press 'We just came out second half and decided to play like we were in the schoolyard. It was certainly not good enough on the back of Saturday and definitely won`t be good enough this Saturday. I don`t care who we`re playing. We have to be a thousand times better than the second half tonight. We were outfought, outplayed, out-thought and generally embarrassed.'
Wycombe Wanderers will face Maidenhead United in the final of the Berks and Bucks Senior Invitation Trophy. The date is likely to be Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May 2011 with the venue yet to be confirmed.
Jon-Paul Pittman was forced to come off against Chesham with just three minutes remaining after picking up a rib-injury. He will be assessed ahead of the crucial League Two fixture with bottom-of-the-table Stockport County. The club have revealed they have given away 3,000 free tickets for the Community Day that is hoped to bring more than 7,000 spectators into Adams Park this weekend.
Defender Andy Sandell looks likely to be added to the squad to face the Hatters after his second reserve outing in less than a week. It is also encouraging that he doesn't seem to have lost his eye for a goal.
Midfielder Matt Bloomfield has joined Stuart Lewis and Chris Westwood in the treatment room. He has undergone hernia surgery to resolve a complicated groin injury. Lewis is hoping to return for the short trip to Oxford United after an ankle injury. Westwood is targeting his comeback for the meeting with Northampton Town at Adams Park the following weekend.
The club have announced that they have been advised to wear White shirts for the trip to the Kassam Stadium on April 9, after suggestions that the Oxford and Cambridge Blue Quarters clash with the U's Oxford Blue and Yellow stripes. With a Yellow change strip and black 3rd kit, the club have had to introduce a 4th choice alternative. It is presumed this will also be used next season.
In other news, the recently released Ian Westlake is currently training with rivals Colchester United. Transfer target Mike Gosney returned to action for AFC Totton at the weekend following a hamstring injury. It forced a week's trial with the Chairboys to be postponed.