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1st April 2005  
Wycombe Wanderers
At The Causeway Stadium
2/4/05    3:00pm
Tomorrow we return to Wycombe for our first game since February 1993 when we were in the Conference.  Then the game finished up as a 1-1 draw in front of 4,379 spectators at their ground, Adams Park.

We might still be playing at the same place tomorrow but it has now had a change of name to The Causeway Stadium and it's ground shared with the Wasps Rugby Club so expect a knackered pitch.

Our biggest crowd between the two clubs was the FA Trophy Final in 1991 when we lost 2-1 at the old Wembley in front of 34,842.  Wycombe eventually left the non-league scene behind three years later in '93 to join the Football League at the expense of Halifax Town.

Over the course of time they made their way up to the 2nd Division for their best ever placing of 6th but well out of the play-off places.  In following seasons they finished in mid table until last season when they finally succumbed to the attractions of the 3rd/L2 and got themselves relegated after finishing bottom.

So far this season they have been the epitome of inconsistency and look likely to be finishing the season in a mid table place.

So far team news from the Beech woods is sketchy but one player certain to be missing is Craig Faulconbridge.  He has been out for all of the season and missed the end of the last one with a bad knee injury that has now turned arthritic.  His contract with the club finishes at the end of this season and he's expected to retire from the game.

The only other injury in recent weeks seems to be Keith Ryan.  He's now making his way back from a groin strain and is expected to take some part in the game against us.

It's not good news about Nathan Tyson either because he's as fit as a butchers dog and is now catching the eye of Manchester City.  They are expected to table a bid for him any day now and the price is thought to be 5 short of one mill, the missing fiver is for John Danby.

Tyson playing won't be good news for Wayne Hatswell either.  After he was given the run round by Simon Brown last week he won't be looking forward to another nightmare of a game and will have to have his wits about him to stop probably the best striker in League 2.  I reckon he's better than Trundle.

Stu Watkiss has said that he'll be continuing with basically the same side that wilted against Mansfield on Easter Monday but he didn't say if they would line up the same way.  I think we might see Johnny Mullins swapping places with Hats but I'd rather see a proper left back there and that could only mean Billy Jones but Stu picks the team, not the fans.

Our only injury is Reuben Hazell, tell me something new, and Lee Jenkins will be missing for the second game in a row due to his suspension.  Up front it's hard to know which option the boss will use now that Blair Sturrock has had a day off and with the pairing of Beardsley and Rawle working to some extent will he replace Rawle or start on the bench.

I just can't see Iyseden Christie starting the game because he's plainly unfit and gets exhausted after ten minutes of playing.

I think we should be able to get some kind of positive result from this game after last weeks mixed bag of results and with Rushden entertaining Yeovil we could climb above them with a win.  Cambridge are away at title chasing Swansea so the points will be staying in the valley's.


Harriers from:
Danby, Lewis, Burton, Mullins, Jones, Sall, Weaver, Jackson, Bennett, Hatswell, McHale, Beardsley, McGrath, Keates, Cozic, Gleeson, Sturrock, Birch, Christie, Rawle, Foster, Russell.

Wycombe from:
Talia, Cronin, Uhlenbeek, Ryan, Johnson, Williamson, Senda, Burnell, Tyson, Stonebridge, Philo, Dixon, Bloomfield, Easton, Williams, Nethercott, Thornton, Fox, Ahmed, Martin, Ball, Claridge, Lee, Anya, Caceres.
Previous league games against Wycombe
Harriers score first
2004 - 05
0 - 2
2003 - 04
2002 - 03
2001 - 02
2000 - 01

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