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Match preview: Wycombe Wanderers v Morecambe

1 October 2021

The Shrimps kick off October with a visit to Adams Park to face Gareth Ainsworth’s Wycombe Wanderers in Sky Bet League One on Saturday 2 October.

Both sides tasted victory in their last outings, with Morecambe firing two past Lincoln City at home without reply, courtesy of Cole Stockton’s 11th goal of the season and Scott Wootton’s first, and the Chairboys beat Shrewsbury Town at the Montgomery Waters Meadow by two goals to one thanks to goals coming from Joe Jacobson and Ryan Tafazolli.

Out of the 18 league meetings between the two teams, the Buckinghamshire club have enjoyed nine wins with the Shrimps claiming victory four times with five draws. Most recently, it was Morecambe who took all three points in a 4-2 win at Adams Park in February 2018.

The Opposition

Form guide

In what was their debut season in the second tier of English football, the Chairboys found themselves relegated back to League One on the final day of the 2020/21 season, despite a 3-0 win away at Middlesbrough.

Ainsworth’s men have started the campaign strongly, having won five, drawn two and lost two of their opening nine games, including a 3-1 win over newly promoted Cheltenham Town as well as a 3-1 loss against current table-toppers Sunderland. Wanderers also reached Round Three of the Carabao Cup, bowing out against Premier League Champions Manchester City after taking the lead on the night.

Manager Ainsworth is the second longest serving manager in England’s top four divisions, having taken the reins at Adams Park in September 2012, initially as a player-manager. Since then, the 48-year-old has taken charge of 425 matches and has won 169, drawn 101 and lost 155. In those games, his side has scored 573 goals and conceded 569, ultimately totalling 608 points and averaging out at 1.43 points-per-match.

Gareth Ainsworth’s pre-match thoughts 

Ahead of the game, the Blackburn-born man said that his side must be at their best if they’re to get anything against the Shrimps.

"Morecambe are definitely a team we've struggled against down the years,” he said.

“Every time we've got close to achieving something, along come Morecambe to put a spanner in the works!

“They're a good team and they've turned some big names over already this season, so do not underestimate them.

“People did that to us when we reached League One, and we got some good results that people didn't think we were capable of.

"I've asked the boys to give me maximum points if we want to achieve something this season, to beat Morecambe at home is a big ask but we'll be working really hard to work out what we're going to do, and what plan to put in place to deal with their strengths.”

Wanderers’ key players

Experienced striker Sam Vokes arrived at Adams Park in Summer 2021 and brings a wealth of experience to the side. The 31-year-old has 526 career appearances to date, 113 of which came in the Premier League for Wolves and Burnley respectively. Vokes also has Europa League experience, making 6 appearances for the Clarets in 2018. The striker has also represented his native Wales 64 times, scoring 11 goals, most notably the third in an impressive win over Belgium in the quarter-finals of EURO 2016.

Winger Garath McCleary is in to his second campaign with Wanderers, having joined the club in November 2020. The 34-year-old leads Wycombe’s goalscoring table so far this season with four goals in all competitions, all coming in two separate braces against Accrington Stanley and Charlton Athletic respectively. The Jamaican international has also represented his country 24 times between 2013 and 2016, scoring three times.

Centre-forward strongman Adebayo Akinfenwa arrived at the club in 2016 and has proven himself as somewhat a cult hero throughout the world of football. Nicknamed ‘The Beast’, the 39-year-old is known for his strength and physique as well as his ability to find the back of the net. Out of his 713 career appearances to-date, Akinfenwa has netted 208 times, 75 of which came in League One.

Shrimps’ pre-match thoughts

Despite facing a flurry of big names in the opening ten games of the season, Shrimps’ boss Robinson believes Wanderers could be the biggest test for his side so far.

“They have to be credited,” he said.

“They’ve come down from the Championship, they’re spending a lot of money, they’ve put a very, very good squad, experienced squad together, so we’re under no illusions.

“They’ve got a game in hand, which could put them in the top four if they win that game, so it’s going to be a big test for us.

“If we show the character that we have done in the last two games, then we’ll be okay, but this is going to be one of our toughest tests so far.”

Meet the men in black

Birmingham-based Tom Reeves will be the man in the middle on Saturday, with Scott Williams and Paul Kelly running the lines, and Antony Coggins taking up the role of fourth official.

Reeves has taken charge of six games so far this season, five of which came in Sky Bet League Two and the other in the Papa John’s Trophy and has issued a total of 28 yellow and two red cards.

Saturday’s clash will be the first ever League One game that Reeves has taken charge of, having risen through the divisions in the last four seasons.

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As well as full match commentary, the ‘Shrimps Verdict’ podcast will be available post-match, featuring online, on demand content, including audio match highlights, post-match interviews and reaction, and the chance for supporters to have their say.

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Match Reports

Report: Wycombe Wanderers 4-3 Shrimps

2 October 2021

Wycombe Wanderers 4-3 Morecambe
Sky Bet League One
Adams Park
Saturday 2 October 2021
Kick-Off: 3:00pm

Another wild game in Sky Bet League One sees the Shrimps on the wrong side of a 4-3 defeat against Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park.

Two goals in the first half from Alfie McCalmont and Adam Phillips gave the visitors the lead at the break, however two goals in three minutes from Daryl Horgan and Sam Vokes levelled the affair up. 

The Chairboys went onto take the lead through a Joe Jacobson direct corner before substitute Jonah Ayunga made the scoreline 3-3 on a wet afternoon in Buckinghamshire. 

A late strike form Curtis Thompson sunk the Shrimps on an afternoon that could have been so different for Stephen Robinson’s side. 

The first chance of the game came on the fourth minute of the game, with the Shrimps opening the scoring. 

A flowed free-kick into the penalty area from Phillips was initially cleared by the Chairboys defence, before a calm and composed finish from McCalmont saw him slide the ball past a stranded David Stockdale. 

Stephen Robinson’s men came close to adding a second just after the 15th minute mark, a sloppy clearance from Stockdale gave Arthur Gnahoua the ball - he in turned laid the ball to Phillips who took aim at goal, but a smart save from Stockdale atoned for his error. 

Four minutes before the half hour mark, the visitors did double their lead. 

A long ball up-field was taken down superbly by Cole Stockton who managed to find a bit of space before turning and floating a lovely ball into the penalty area, where the advancing Phillips was there to fire home on the volley. 

The first chance of the game for the hosts came five minutes before the break, a free-kick from Jacobson was whipped into the box, but former Welsh international Vokes could not direct his header on goal. 

The Shrimps forced another good save from Stockdale in the Wycombe goal, this time Liam Gibson, who was up from the back, drilling the ball hard and low, but the ‘keeper was equal to it on this occasion. 

Half-time: Wycombe Wanderers 0-2 Morecambe 

A spirited opening five minutes of the second half saw the Chairboys claw a goal back. Horgan took a shot from 25-yards and the ball, skipping up off the greasy surface, beat Kyle Letheren in the Shrimps' goal. 

Moments later, the hosts were on level terms. 

A ball from the right hand side was met perfectly by the head of Vokes, sending his effort into the bottom left corner of the Shrimps’ goal. 

On the 58th minute, Robinson’s side came close to adding their third and regaining the lead, Gibson found himself up from the back and swung a delivery into the mix which was headed just over the bar by Ryan Delaney. 

The hosts took the lead on the 73rd minute, as Jacobson scored direct from a corner, something he is very well renowned for. 

After that goal, manager Stephen Robinson was sent off by referee Tom Reeves for his protests after the Chairboys' third goal. 

The visitors were not down and out however, substitute Ayunga who came onto replace Gnahoua made an instant impact with 10 minutes of the game remaining. 

Ayunga did well to hold off his defender before unleashing a left-footed effort which looped up and over Stockdale and into the top-left of his goal. 

There was still time for one more twist in the tail, after a long punt down field from Stockdale, the ball fell to Thompson who lashed his effort home, handing Wycombe the three points. 

Full-time: Wycombe Wanderers 4-3 Morecambe

We are back in action on Tuesday night as we head to Victoria Park to take on Hartlepool United in our second group game of the Papa John’s Trophy. 

Wycombe: Stockdale, Jacobson (C), Stewart, Tafazolli, Thompson, Vokes, McCleary, Horgan (Mehmeti 88’), Obita (Hanlan 70’), McCarthy, Scowen. 

Subs not used: Przybek, Grimmer, Wheeler, Kaikai, Akinfenwa. 

Goals: Horgan 50’, Vokes 53’, Jacobson 73’, Thompson 90+1’ 

Bookings: None.

Red cards: None.

Morecambe: Letheren, Gibson, O’Connor (C), Delaney, Diagouraga, Stockton, Phillips (Jones 70’), McCalmont, McLaughlin (Cooney 65’), Gnahoua (Ayunga 77’), Wootton. 

Subs not used: Andresson, McDonald, McPake, Mensah.

Goals: McCalmont 4’, Phillips 26’, Ayunga 80’ 

Bookings: None.

Red cards: Robinson 74’ (not on pitch) 

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Ticket News

Wycombe Wanderers (A) ticket details

29 September 2021

Tickets for our Sky Bet League One fixture away at Wycombe Wanderers are now on sale.

Wycombe Wanderers v Morecambe
Adams Park
Saturday 2 October 2021
Kick Off: 3:00pm

Tickets are now available to purchase for our away trip to Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday 2 October. Tickets are available from the Morecambe Club Shop and online (https://ticketsmorecambefc.com/packages/LZEmOKzmpW/e/Rpgn3Ax83q) until 4:30pm on Thursday 30 September.

Ticket collections will be available from the Morecambe Club Shop until 5:00pm on Thursday 30 September, all collections thereafter will be from Wycombe’s ticket office. Shrimps fans will be located in block’s B and C of the East Stand.

Ticket prices are as follows:

Adult (26-64) £25
Senior (65+) £22
Mid Adult (22-25) £20
Young Adult (19-21) £18
Junior (12-18) £14
Child (11 & under) £5

There is further space for another six wheelchair and carer spaces in Block B of the South Stand if required. Due to limited parking at the stadium, there are five wide parking spaces allocated for away supporters. Please direct all enquiries for disabled parking through to the ticket office at 01494 441118 or tickets@wwfc.com and these spaces will be processed.

Car Parking

There will be no parking available in the lower tier at Adams Park. For those who wish to book a parking space in the upper tier, this will be available at £10 per car and must be pre- booked through tickets.wwfc.com before the fixture date. Cut off will be 3pm the day prior. Cars will be checked on arrival at Adams Park. Any car without a permit will be refused entry. A Park and Ride service is available approx. 2 miles away in West Wycombe. The entrance is Toweridge Lane HP14 3BA. This is well sign-posted from both directions. This service is only £5 per car and runs from 1pm.

Get your tickets for Saturday's game against Wycombe Wanderers now from www.ticketsmorecambefc.com.

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