Wycombe spurn opportunity at Aldershot
Aldershot Town 0 Wycombe Wanderers 0
Vital Wycombe would like to thank guest writer Dale Jenkins for the following report.
Despite the hosts being reduced to ten men with an hour still to play, Wycombe failed to take advantage tonight as the game petered out into a disappointing goalless draw.
Before the match, a point would probably have been welcomed by many given that the side has been so beset with injuries. The thin squad has been stretched to its limits and tonight saw Dave Winfield partner Charles Dunne who was named unfamiliarly at centre half. Sam Wood and Stuart Lewis played at full back. Spring partnered Scowen in the middle, with Grant and Andrade on the wings and caretaker player manager Ainsworth in the hole behind Dennis Oli.
Aldershot began the game on the front foot, forcing four early corners. The visitors rode out the early pressure though, mainly thanks to a couple of superb reaction saves from Jordan Archer. It seems strange to say this, but the truth is, the one person Wycombe don`t appear to be missing at the moment is Nikki Bull.
Anthony Tonkin had already picked up a yellow card for an early body check on Andrade, and committed a truly stupid, foolish foul on Ainsworth after 30 minutes. Tonkin`s second untimely lunge gave the referee no option, put his own team in a quandary and gave Wycombe great hope as the hosts were reduced to ten men. Aldershot`s Kieron Cadogan, who had given Wood some problems and was probably their most dangerous outlet up to that point, was sacrificed as Aaron Morris was introduced.
Almost immediately Ainsworth darted past one defender and drove a powerful shot that was superbly tipped over by Jamie Young. Then from the resulting corner Winfield was inches from converting a wicked Andrade delivery.
As the second half began the travelling faithful were hopeful that the visitors would exert some serious pressure on their opponents, but instead it was the ten men that enjoyed more territory although clear cut chances were few and far between.
Ainsworth finally replaced himself with Junior Morias after 66 minutes, and brought on Olly Taylor for Oli after 74. It was surprising not to see the more experienced Richard Logan in what was surely an ideal opportunity for him to try and find his shooting boots.
Matt Spring had the best two openings to take the spoils, but headed wastefully wide before being denied by Young after firing in a low free kick.
The most disappointing aspects were a complete lack of creativity, Matt Spring misplacing a number of passes, Joel Grant having a particularly quiet game and Andrade disappearing after the break after a good first half.
The defence stood firm but this was against a side playing with ten men for an hour. Having lost a man so early, the hosts will see this as a point gained. It's true that Wycombe need to grind out as many points as possible before injured players return, but this was certainly an opportunity missed.
Ratings: Archer 8*, Lewis 6, Dunne 7, Winfield 7, Wood 7, Grant 5, Spring 5, Scowen 6, Andrade 6, Oli 5 (Taylor 5), Ainsworth 5 (Morias 5)
Attendance : 2,042 (291 travelling supporters)
Writer: Dale Jenkins