Vital Football

Latest Wycombe Wanderers News

Blues escape Plainmoor with a point

Blues escape Plainmoor with a point


Torquay United 0 Wycombe Wanderers 0

The Blues have Nikki Bull and the woodwork to thank for escaping from Plainmoor with a point.

Injuries to Stuart Beavon and Jon-Paul Pittman limited manager Gary Waddock's options in attack and a 4-5-1 formation with Scott Rendell as the lone striker yielded few chances.

Roared on by their biggest crowd of the season, Torquay started strongly and when Chris Zebroski found space in the box, Bull had to be alert to deny him with his feet at the near post.

The Gulls kept coming, and a spectacular volley from Jake Robinson went wide before Zebroski set-up Gavin Tomlin who fired a rasping shot over the Wycombe bar.

Matt Bloomfield and Scott Donnelly had long-range efforts deflected wide, but the Blues had to wait until the 32nd minute for their one and only shot on target when Bloomfield did well to create a chance for himself only to see his tame attempt comfortably saved by Torquay keeper Scott Bevan.

Wycombe had their best spell of the match during the next fifteen minutes, but with Stuart Lewis firing one wide and Kevin Betsy hitting the side netting, Bevan wasn't troubled again.

The Gulls regrouped at half-time and almost caught Wycombe cold when Guy Branston rose to meet a corner and powered a header against the post, while Craig Stanley lashed a great chance over the bar only moments later.

Leon Johnson and Bull then combined to thwart the lively Zebroski and from the resulting corner, Bull made a superb reaction save to keep out another fierce header from Branston.

Robinson hit the side-netting, Billy Kee missed a sitter and Stanley forced another save from Bull as the Gulls continued to dominate the second-half.

With time running out, the woodwork came to Wycombe's rescue again when Ronan Murray's glancing header struck the underside of the crossbar with Bull beaten.

The nearest the 497 travelling fans got to some excitement was when Scott Rendell almost got his head to a Kevin Betsy cross.

It felt like Wycombe's primary objective was not to lose and they seemed content to play for a draw and hope they got lucky at the other end. Sharing the points at Plainmoor is a good result, but that's four draws in a row for the Blues, and whether that will be good enough at the end of the season remains to be seen.


Line-up & ratings
Bull (7), Foster (4), Winfield (5), Johnson (6), Sandell (5), Betsy (5), Bloomfield (6) (Montrose 87 (n/a)), Lewis (6), Donnelly (6), Ainsworth (5) (Strevens 76 (4)), Rendell (5).



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

Writer:Len
Date:Friday April 22 2011
Time: 8:18PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Wycombe Wanderers Articles

Squad Update: Bean finally decides to stay

Squad rises to 14 players

Blues draw Bristol City in the League Cup

Wanderers at home to Robins

Wycombe fixtures released for coming season

Some key dates

Squad Update: Blues sign striker Southwell

Promising youngster takes total number of players to 13

Archived Vital Wycombe Articles

Vital Wycombe articles from

Site Journalists

Len
Editor email
Profile
Benny
no email
Profile
Dale Jenkins
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Who was your Man of the Match against Oxford?
Suggested By:
McCarthy51%
Pierre18%
Other31%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Northampton 46 29 12 5 99 36
P Oxford 46 24 14 8 86 43
P Bristol Rovers 46 26 7 13 85 31
4 Accrington 46 24 13 9 85 26
5 Plymouth 46 24 9 13 81 26
6 Portsmouth 46 21 15 10 78 31
7 Wimbledon 46 21 12 13 75 14
8 Leyton Orient 46 19 12 15 69 -1
9 Cambridge 46 18 14 14 68 11
10 Carlisle 46 17 16 13 67 5
11 Luton 46 19 9 18 66 2
12 Mansfield 46 17 13 16 64 8
13 Wycombe 46 17 13 16 64 1
14 Exeter 46 17 13 16 64 -2
15 Barnet 46 17 11 18 62 -1
16 Hartlepool 46 15 6 25 51 -23
17 Notts County 46 14 9 23 51 -29
18 Stevenage 46 11 15 20 48 -15
19 Yeovil 46 11 15 20 48 -16
20 Crawley 46 13 8 25 47 -33
21 Morecambe 46 12 10 24 46 -22
22 Newport 46 10 13 23 43 -21
R Dag & Red 46 8 10 28 34 -35
R York 46 7 13 26 34 -36
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Wycombe Wanderers Results (view all)

Wycombe Wanderers Fixtures (view all)