Vital Football

Latest Wycombe Wanderers News

Grant shines as Blues lose to Cobblers

Grant shines as Blues lose to Cobblers


Northampton Town 2 Wycombe Wanderers 1

Let's hope the Blues are saving themselves for the real thing next Saturday, because their pre-season campaign finished with a less than encouraging performance at Sixfields this afternoon.

The Cobblers hadn't won any of their warm-up games until today, but despite falling behind to Gareth Ainsworth's 18th minute strike, the League Two side had enough about them to deservedly turn the match around.

Ainsworth's goal was a beauty. Taking a peach of a pass from Scott Donnelly in his stride, the veteran winger outfoxed his marker, cut inside, and planted the ball in the corner of the net.

The lead only lasted a few minutes before Adebayo Akinfenwa laid the ball on a plate for Ben Tozer to stroke it home through a crowded box.

The winner didn't arrive until the 80th minute when Cobblers' substitute Nick McKoy lunged at a cross and embarrassed keeper Steve Arnold who appeared to have it covered. It was a shame for Arnold who had kept the Blues in the game with a series of fine saves after replacing Nikki Bull at half time.

Bull had already made a superb save from Akinfenwa during the first half, diving low to his left and throwing out an arm to turn the ball round the post.

An unlikely looking footballer, Akinfenwa had an impressive game for the Cobblers, showing a deft touch, a predatory instinct and an agility that belies his physique.

Positives for Wycombe, were the performances of Joel Grant in attack and Marvin McCoy in defence. Grant's trickery caused the Cobblers all sorts of problems and there was an end product too, with Stuart Beavon and Ben Strevens both squandering glorious chances that were teed-up by the former Crewe winger.

With the rehearsals now over, the serious business begins and Wycombe entertain Scunthorpe United next Saturday in their first league game of the season.

Wycombe line-up

Bull (Arnold 46), McCoy, Tunnicliffe, Doig (Stewart 72), Sandell, Ainsworth (Harris 89), Halls, Donnelly, Grant, Beavon (Strevens 51), Rendell.

Pre-season record

Played....7

Won.......1

Drawn....3

Lost.......3

Goals For...........8

Goals Against.....8

Goalscorers

Ainsworth.............2

McClure................2

Beavon.................1

Bloomfield.............1

Ibe.......................1

Kewley-Graham.....1

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



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

Writer:Len
Date:Saturday July 30 2011
Time: 9:08PM

Best of Vital Network

Login to post a comment

Recent Wycombe Wanderers Articles

Single goal defeat in Wycombe`s final home game

Wycombe Wanderers 0-1 Accrington Stanley

The Opposition View - Accrington Stanley

What Stanley had to say about yesterday's game

Stats: Wycombe Wanderers v Accrington Stanley

All the stats from Wycombe Wanderers (0) vs (1) Accrington Stanley, Adams Park Att: 4,041 (584 away)

Preview: Wycombe Wanderers v Accrington Stanley

Adams Park - Saturday 30th April 2016 - 3.00pm

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 Stanley?
Suggested By:
Siegrist75%
McCarthy0%
Stewart0%
Pierre0%
Jombati0%
Harriman0%
Bean0%
Rowe25%
Sellars0%
Hayes0%
Thompson0%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Northampton 45 28 12 5 96 35
2 Accrington 45 24 12 9 84 26
3 Oxford 45 23 14 8 83 40
4 Bristol Rovers 45 25 7 13 82 30
5 Portsmouth 45 21 15 9 78 32
6 Plymouth 45 23 9 13 78 21
7 Wimbledon 45 20 12 13 72 13
8 Cambridge 45 18 13 14 67 11
9 Leyton Orient 45 18 12 15 66 -2
10 Wycombe 45 17 13 15 64 4
11 Exeter 45 17 13 15 64 1
12 Carlisle 45 16 16 13 64 0
13 Mansfield 45 17 12 16 63 8
14 Luton 45 18 9 18 63 -1
15 Barnet 45 16 11 18 59 -4
16 Hartlepool 45 15 6 24 51 -18
17 Notts County 45 14 9 22 51 -24
18 Yeovil 45 11 15 19 48 -15
19 Stevenage 45 11 14 20 47 -15
20 Crawley 45 13 8 24 47 -30
21 Morecambe 45 12 9 24 45 -22
22 Newport 45 10 13 22 43 -20
R Dag & Red 45 8 10 27 34 -34
R York 45 7 12 26 33 -36
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Wycombe Wanderers Results (view all)

Wycombe Wanderers Fixtures (view all)

May 7 2016 3:00PM : Oxford United (a)
Sky Bet League Two