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Wycombe Preview

By: Richard Lord
Date: 18/11/2005

THIS weekend sees another top-of-the-table clash when Wycombe entertain Grimsby at the Causeway Stadium. The Mariners will be looking to reverse the 1-0 home defeat of last month while Wanderers will be attempting to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

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The Opposition

Despite being undefeated in the League so far this season, Wycombe have drawn too many games and currently sit in 3rd place, a point behind the Mariners. Their failure to convert one point into three has prevented them from being top of the table for longer periods, but few can argue against their quality and strength and depth in their squad.

Their Squad
John Gorman has plenty of experience throughout his side. Stefan Oakes (left) knows his way to goal from midfield all too well against the Mariners, having notched three goals against Town last season. Rob Lee has Premiership experience, as has the formidable Tommy Mooney. Full back Clint Easton has played much of his career at a higher level and Kevin Betsy has pace on the wing, and will be looking to provide the strikers with good service.

Key Player
Everybody knows about the inevitability of Tommy Mooney scoring against the Mariners. He scored the winner when the two clubs met last month, and has previously scored against Grimsby when playing for Swindon, Stoke and Watford. The amount of goals and chances Wycombe have been generating this season appears to suggest that the striker will get at least one good chance in the game to add to his tally.

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Team News


  • Simon Ramsden should continue in defence in the absence of Rob Jones. Jpk Kalala must fight for his place in the side after Ciaran Toner put in an impressive display against Macclesfield.

  • Andy Parkinson continues to be involved despite shin splints, but Calvin Andrew is on stand-by to replace him. Gary Croft played 45 minutes for the reserves in midweek but the Wycombe game could be too soon for his first team return.
  • Stefan Oakes suffered a broken arm against Darlington and will be out for over a month. On-loan defender Richard Keogh should keep his place at the back, after joining the club from Bristol City.

  • Formidable striker Nathan Tyson has moved to Notts Forest on a loan deal but is expected to make the switch permanent in the New Year. There is no news of whether Rob Lee could feature.

  • Midfielder Keith Ryan will once again miss out through injury.
  • Probable Teams

    1Steve Mildenhall
    2John McDermott
    3Tom Newey
    4Simon Ramsden
    6Justin Whittle
    15Gary Cohen
    11Andy Parkinson
    7JPK Kalala
    8Paul Bolland
    9Michael Reddy
    19Gary Jones
    31Iain Turner
    2Danny Senda
    3Clint Easton
    5Roger Johnson
    26Richard Keogh
    8Joseph Burnell
    10Matthew Bloomfield
    22Sergio Torres
    12Russell Martin
    7Kevin Betsy
    16Tommy Mooney


    20Gary Croft
    14Terry Barwick
    18Ciaran Toner
    22Calvin Andrew
    10Martin Gritton
    21Steve Williams
    6Michael Williamson
    28Ikechi Anya
    17Charlie Griffin
    18Jonathan Dixon

    Head to Head

    Grimsby first came up against Wycombe in the 1997/8 season and drew both fixtures. Three years later they met in the FA Cup third round when Town crashed out after a replay at Blundell Park. The Mariners recorded their first win against Wanderers in the ill-fated 2003/4 season, but this is Town's only win against the Chairboys in nine meetings. Later that season Paul Groves' men were thumped 4-1. Iffy Onuora's goal that day remains the last time Grimsby registered a goal against the blues.

    P 9 W 1 D 4 L 4 F 7 A 13

    Wycombe Head-to-Head (98th on The Opposition Ladder)

    Last Meeting

    This result came when Town were impressive away from home but couldn't find a killer goal. Undeserved defeats at Darlington and Rushden preceded this fixture and once more the Mariners failed to capitalise on the back of a good performance. A goal was conceded either side of half time in a 2-0 defeat, which also saw Michael Reddy miss a penalty.

    Grimsby Team: Williams, Whittle, Ramsden, Gordon, McDermott (Bull 71), Crowe, Coldicott, Fleming, Pinault (Marcelle 62), Parkinson, Sestanovich (Reddy 45)
    Subs (not used): Mansaram, Young

    Wycombe Team: Talia, Uhlenbeek, Silk, Nethercott, Williamson, Easton, Ryan, Birchall, Senda, Tyson (Ahemd 88), Stonebridge
    Subs: (not used) Williams, Johnson, Martin, Dixon

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    Wycombe are undefeated and Town are undefeated on their travels so something must give. The Chairboys have drawn ten of their 17 games this season so they'll be keen to do the double over the Mariners and make the top spot theirs - whilst retaining their undefeated tag.

    2-1 to Wycombe

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