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Wycombe Preview

Andy Phillips previews the Easter Monday trip to Wycombe Wanderers.

1 April 2018

Lee Blease
Michael Jolley

Town visit Wycombe Wanderers on Easter Monday as they look to build on the point they earned on Good Friday.

The goalless draw with Stevenage on Friday did extend the gap between to the Mariners and the relegation zone to four points and after their first clean sheet, Michael Jolley will be looking to go one better in another very tough looking away fixture.

With Wycombe currently on track to earn automatic promotion in third place, they will be looking to extend the gap between themselves and the chasing pack so Town's defence will likely have to put in another strong performance.

Town waiting on fitness of Wilks and Dembele

Town will be waiting on the fitness of both Siriki Dembele and Malik Wilks, who both went off with injuries on Friday afternoon so it will be a case of wait and go with both of those players.

The side were boosted by the return of Luke Summerfield against Stevenage so he is likely to play a part again, whilst Ben Davies, Karleigh Osborne and Jamille Matt, Simeon Jackson will all be doubts as they continue their recoveries.

Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth has hinted at changes for the clash, so the likes of former Town loanee Paris Cowan-Hall and midfielder Nick Freeman could be in with a chance. They will also assess the injury status of defender Tafari Moore, who came off with a hamstring injury at Notts County on Friday.

Wycombe six games away from promotion

It has been a terrific season for Wycombe so far, and they are only six games away from automatic promotion and a return to League One for the first time in the same number of years. 

After a ninth placed finish last campaign, boss Gareth Ainsworth kept faith in most of his experienced squad and that has paid dividends so far, with the Chairboys' goalscoring threat being their biggest strength so far this campaign.

They have scored 73 goals in the league this campaign, a record that is only bettered by Luton Town, although those goals have dried up slightly in the last two games with consecutive goalless draws at home to Port Vale and then away at Notts County last campaign.

Experienced striker Adebayo Akinfenwa has again been the main man for the side, hitting 18 goals so far this campaign and he has been a constant thorn in the side of Town over the years, so the Mariners defence will have to use all of their knowhow to keep the infamous forward quiet on the day.

Earlier in the season

The two sides met back in August in an entertaining encounter, where Wycombe came away from Blundell Park with a 3-2 victory.

A first half goal from Akinfenwa and a penalty from Joe Jacobson put the Chairboys in control in a poor first half from Town but they came out in the second half with much more content.

Mitch Rose's penalty and JJ Hooper's strike came either side of the Mariners being reduced to ten men after Danny Collins was sent off for a second bookable offence, before Akinfenwa struck again 15 minutes from time to with a late header to settle things.

Managers in summary

Michael Jolley: ''I need to see Dave Moore and the sports scientist to get an understanding of what the condition of the players is and how ready they are to play in another game on Monday against Wycombe. The picture will emerge over time, we got a point on the board against Stevenage and what's important is that we hold our nerve. There's still six opportunites to take three points this season, that's 18 points so we have to try and get as many of those as we can. I'm still positive about that and believe we can do it.''

Gareth Ainsworth: ''“I went with experience against Notts County. These boys have done it before, they know how to perform in these types of games and they know how to win promotion, so we set up for a real battle and that’s what we got. It might be different against Grimsby. We had plenty of firepower on the bench and we’re going into the game looking for the three points, because we know that if we can keep clean sheets and start scoring freely again then nobody can stop us. Easter Monday could be big for us, we want to finish the weekend with a win, and we’ll need the fans right behind us once again”

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Match Reports

Match Report: Wycombe Wanderers 2-1 Grimsby Town

Battling Town fall to defeat.

2 April 2018

Lee Blease
Woolford fires home v Wycombe

Freeview | Michael Jolley On The Wycombe Defeat

2 April 2018

Grimsby Town fell to a 2-1 defeat to Wycombe Wanderers in Sky Bet League Two at Adams Park, despite leading through Martyn Woolford’s strike at half-time.

The Mariners went ahead through Woolford’s composed strike on 15 minutes after a great counter-attack by Town, and Michael Jolley’s side retained their lead until the hour-mark.

But the home side equalised through Adam El-Abd’s volley on 60 minutes, and Simon Kashket made it 2-1 with a finish at the back-post seven minutes later.

Town defended well in the opening 10 minutes of the stage despite pressure from the home side, as Clarke and Collins contained striker Akinfenwa well.

Wycombe came close on 11 minutes as Kashket did well down the right before putting in a good cross, but Mills cleared it off the line as McKeown was under pressure by Akinfenwa.

But Town came close themselves a minute later as Woolford’s long-ranged, low-driven strike towards the bottom-right corner forced Brown into a good save for the Chairboys.

And the Mariners broke the deadlock on the quarter-hour mark as Woolford finished off a brilliant counter-attack with a calm finish past Brown to the bottom corner to make it 1-0 to Michael Jolley’s men.

McKeown made a great stop on 29 minutes to deny Williams’ powerful long-ranged strike, before Hall-Johnson did well to clear and send it up-field.

Town came close on 33 minutes after great play by Mills down the right-hand side, but Summerfield couldn’t properly connect with it as his header flew just wide of the Wycombe goal.

McKeown made another fantastic save on 40 minutes to deny Akinfenwa from six yards, before Hall-Johnson performed more brilliant defending as he cleared it away for the Mariners.

Half-time: Wycombe Wanderers 0-1 Grimsby Town

The second half got off to a scrappy start as the home side desperately searched for a way back into the game, and Town looked to stand strong and defend resolutely.

Rose continued his fine display just in front of the Town defence, as he was composed in his role of breaking up the play and setting the Mariners on the break.

Wycombe almost equalised on 58 minutes as El-Abd sent a ball into the box, but Akinfenwa’s powerful header bounced off the bar and out for a goal-kick.

But the home side were back on level terms on the hour-mark as El-Abd volleyed home after a free-kick to make it 1-1.

And Gareth Ainsworth’s men came close again on 64 minutes as Akinfenwa did well to control a cross and bring it down on the edge of the area, but McKeown did well to get down and keep the shot out.

Wycombe got ahead on 67 minutes as Kashket found space at the back-post following a corner to tap it home and make it 2-1 to the home side.

The Mariners had a great chance to get back on level terms on 74 minutes as McSheffrey played a neat ball over to Rose, who was one-on-one with Brown at the back-post, but the midfielder dragged his effort just wide of the mark.

Full-time: Wycombe Wanderers 2-1 Grimsby Town

Wycombe Wanderers

1 Scott Brown 
16 Michael Harriman 
3 Joe Jacobson 
2 Sido Jombati 
6 Adam El-Abd (C) 
4 Dominic Gape 
8 Marcus Bean 
17 Luke O'Nien 
20 Adebayo Akinfenwa 
24 Randell Williams 
11 Scott Kashket


30 Yves Ma-Kalambay 
15 Nathan McGinley 
22 Nick Freeman 
7 Sam Saunders 
25 Craig Mackail-Smith 
23 Nathan Tyson

Grimsby Town

1 James McKeown 
12 Zak Mills 
23 Andrew Fox 
5 Nathan Clarke (C) 
6 Danny Collins 
8 Mitch Rose 
31 Reece Hall-Johnson 
19 Luke Summerfield 
7 James Berrett 
25 Martyn Woolford 
21 Scott Vernon


30 Ben Killip 
16 Easah Suliman 
15 Harry Clifton 
27 Siriki Dembele 
9 JJ Hooper 
29 Jamille Matt 
10 Gary McSheffrey

Attendance: 5,215 (377)

Referee: Christopher Sarginson

Next Up: Chesterfield (H) 

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Ticket News

Wycombe Wanderers Tickets Now On Sale

23 March 2018

We have received an initial allocation of 300 unreserved seating tickets for our upcoming fixture away at Wycombe Wanderers on Monday 2nd April, which are now on sale.

Fixture News

Hospitality For GTFC Fans At Wycombe

13 March 2018

Town fans will be located in the Lords Builders Services Stand and tickets are priced as follows:

Adults (26-59) - ÂŁ20
Seniors (60+) - ÂŁ17
Young Adult (19-25) - ÂŁ15
Junior (12-18) - ÂŁ11
11 and Under - ÂŁ5

Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the game from Wycombe, but are subject to a ÂŁ2 price increase per ticket. 

Tickets can be purchased direct from the Blundell Park ticket office, calling 01472 605050 or by visiting

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