Monday, 8 February 2010

Game 38 - Wycombe Wanderers v Yeovil Town Saturday 6th February 2010 Coca Cola League One

A long haul today to Adams Park (392 mile round trip), the home of Wycombe Wanderers. This is one of the final pieces to complete the 92, only Cardiff and Arsenal left after this. I ducked out of coming here earlier in the season but today's opponents swing the trip. Why? Well my daughter was/is a big fan of Kevin Gall who played for the Glovers at the time and I took her to see him play several times. It was always a pleasure to sit with the Yeovil fans and I quickly developed a soft spot for them. We also have a very good record seeing them play and out of about 15 games over 6 years we have only seen them lose once, which considering all but one have been away games is pretty impressive.

Wycombe moved to Adams Park in 1990, leaving Loakes Park their home for 95 years. The ground is found at the end of an industrial estate and we parked in one of the car parks leading up to the ground for £3. You have to buy a ticket before you go through the turnstiles and once we have done this we have a wander around but there are not many photo opportunities to be had, so we go in.
We enter the ground in the corner, our stand directly in front of us with two further seated stands running along either side of the pitch with a good old fashioned terrace at the end opposite ours.

The double tiered Frank Adam Stand is to our left with the Club badge and initials picked out in the seats.

To our right is small seated stand where the dugouts are situated.

The Yeovil fans (and us) are situated in the impressive Dreams Stand.

A quick word here for the stewards. Now I'm not the biggest fan of stewards by any means, but the Wycombe stewards are extremely friendly and helpful and even later on when dealing with some problems did it in a way designed to calm things down and not make matters worse.
The early part of the game is very scrappy with Wycombe have a couple of chances but Yeovil start to find their feet and gradually take control. They are rewarded on 16 minutes when following good work by Andy Welsh, the ball is played in to Dean Bowditch who sidefooted the ball into the top corner. It was all one way traffic now and Bowditch had another good chance to extend the lead. Welsh then proceeded to miss when it was easier to score when Bowditch sets him up but he somehow scooped the ball over the bar from only two feet out. Half time arrived with no further score.
Five minutes into the second half Wycombe equalise from a free kick through ex-Glover Matt Harrold. But they do not have a chance to build on this however as two minutes later Bowditch went on a good run finishing with a shot that goalkeeper Shearer could only parry which left Welsh to coolly slot home for 2-1. Wycombe were now struggling to cope with the Yeovil attacks and there seemed to be only one team likely to score and on sixty minutes added to their lead. The on-loan Tudor-Jones burst through the centre and bearing down on goal he was brought down. He took the resulting free kick himself but although his shot was not the strongest it found its way into the corner of the net. On sixty seven minutes the game was over as a contest. A long ball out of defence found Bowditch who raced through on goal. After beating the defender he calmly slotted the ball into the corner. 4-1! The Yeovil fans had been in fine voice all afternoon but the noise was turned up a notch after this. Wycombe had a couple of chances after this but Yeovil held out for a very good 4-1 away win.
My amazing record of seeing Yeovil continued and we had an excellent journey home and I was sat with a beer at 8.50pm.

More pictures of Adams Park here.

Wycombe Wanderers 1-4 Yeovil Town
Att: 4,793
Admission: £18
Programme: £3
Badge: £2.95

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