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OPPONENTS: TRANMERE ROVERS (H)

DATE: Saturday 22 nd February 2020

COMPETITION: League One

SCORE: Blues 3 (Stewart 45+1, Akinfenwa 71, Jacobson 90+2 pen) Rovers 1 (Vaughan 63)

ATTENDANCE: 4,756 (including 434 who probably only turned up to abuse Allsop)

REFEREE: Charles Breakspear

SUMMARY: We owed Tranmere one, for a few reasons, and set about them with

ruthless determination, registering an impressive 22 shots on goal (albeit only about half

of which were on target). The relegation-threatened visitors tried to pack men behind

the ball, but couldn’t stop Jacobson’s inch-perfect corner, or Stewart’s thumping header.

Rovers equalised against the run of play, but Bayo, who had earlier hit the bar, scored a

typical goal to restore the lead and draw level with Nathan Tyson as our record Football

League goalscorer. Jacobson capped off a fine individual performance with another

stoppage time penalty, after Samuel was fouled chasing a long ball into the box.

BEST BIT: Getting revenge for Rocky and being cruelly dumped out of the FA Cup.

WORST BIT: The wince-inducing foul on Samuel for the penalty.

HERO: Bayo got the plaudits for his milestone goal, but we’re giving this to Fred, back

from injury, who provided the assist with some delightful wingplay and a perfect cross.

VILLAIN: Rovers ‘keeper Scott Davies once again frustrated us with a string of fine saves.

MEMORABILITY RATING: 7/10

OPPONENTS: HUNGERFORD TOWN (A)

DATE: Tuesday 25 th February 2020

COMPETITION: Berks and Bucks Senior Cup Quarter-final

SCORE: Blues 3 (Ofoborh 35, Freeman 52, Wates 70) Crusaders 0

ATTENDANCE: 171 (including around 50 from the right side of the Chilterns)

REFEREE: Ryan Dix

SUMMARY: After a six year absence we made a welcome return to the Berks and Bucks,

with a comfortable victory against the Berkshire non-leaguers. We first entered the cup

in 1894, winning it for the first of our record 28 times in 1902 and then at least once in

each decade that followed. It may not carry the prestige it once did for us, but it is still

an important part of our heritage and whilst the decision to withdraw from the cup was

understandable, given our small squad and lack of youth team at the time, many fans

will be delighted to see us back in the competition. A Wycombe reserve side, including a

couple of triallists, plus backroom staff Josh Hart and David Wates on the bench, had the

best of the opening half-hour, with Freeman, Samuel and Parker all going close, before

Nnamdi Ofoborh cut inside and fired a low shot into the bottom corner to give us the

lead. Freeman added a second after the break, but it was Head of Sports Science Wates,

who also featured for the Blues in pre-season, who stole the show, when he fired home

a fantastic strike from outside the area to wrap up a pleasing win.

BEST BIT: David Wates’ goal.

WORST BIT: The competition being cancelled two months later due to Covid-19.

HERO: David Wates.

VILLAIN: Covid.

MEMORABILITY RATING: 7/10

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