Wycombe Wanderers 5
(Sam Wood, Paris Cowan-Hall, Dominic Gape, Scott Kashket x2)
Crewe Alexandra 1
How excited was I for this game! Crewe Alexandra mad, have been since the age of nine when I watched my first ever match against Norwich City on the final day of the 2003/04 season.
Since moving 200 miles south from my Cheshire home, I have gone from season ticket holder to part time fan seeing games less and less as each year in Hampshire goes by.
Add that to Crewe’s torrid time over the last few seasons and I wasn’t busting a gut to spend hard earned cash on watching my team get battered every week in League One. However times have changed, despite relegation last season, The Railwaymen have hit a bit of form in the fourth tier and a midweek trip to Wycombe, just under 80 miles away for me, I couldn’t say no, after all, I haven’t seen Crewe pick up three points since Oldham away on Boxing Day 2014.
I was overly confident that we would get a result at lowly Wycombe, how wrong I was…
This was my second visit to Adams Park, having made the journey on the train in November 2013 for an FA Cup First Round clash. The game ended 1-1 after the Chairboys equalised following a beauty from former midfielder Anthony Grant (who I wont mention went on to join our bitter rivals Port Vale. Did I mention I wasn’t going to mention that!)?
Adams Park is lovely. Very nice looking two tiered stand one side with WWFC in etched into the seating in a slightly paler blue colour. Opposite is another seated terrace that was slightly risen above the level of dugouts and tunnel. It also looks like there is a bit of standing room at the front of the stand, giving it a good mix of Football League and Non League. Behind one goal is classic standing terracing, steps giving a raised view with metal bars to lean on where the more rowdy fans were in attendance. That just leaves the fairly basic away section behind the other goal, seats, toilet and snack bar housing around 200 travelling Crewe fans
The only downfall was when a 10,000 capacity ground is only a quarter full, it can look pretty empty under the lights.
Wycombe Wanderers smashed five past highflying Crewe Alexandra as they ended the away sides five game unbeaten run in the league and cup.
Goals from Sam Wood, Paris Cowan-Hall and a first senior goal for Dominic Gape gave the Chairboys a 3-0 lead at the break before Scott Kashket hit a second half brace from the bench on his home debut.
It was the visitors who nearly had a golden chance to take the lead after eight minutes when striker Ryan Lowe chased down home goalkeeper Jamal Blackman and his clearance hit the onrushing striker but went well away from goal.
As both teams were settling into the game, Wycombe out of nowhere managed to break away for a two-on-one with defender Oliver Turton but as he raced over to try and stop Paul Hayes, the striker squared the ball across the box for Sam Wood who had all the time in the world to put the ball in the back of the net.
George Cooper went close to equalising for the visitors from a free kick but Blackman was on hand to parry the ball away. The half was turning into easy catching practice for the Chelsea loanee ‘keeper when he held on to Callum Ainley’s long range strike before catching a soft header from Jon Guthrie moments later.
Crewe were mounting a bit of pressure but Blackman was in inspired form to tip away Chris Dagnall’s effort.
Wycombe did manage to get another goal form a deep cross that Hayes flicked back over to Cowan-Hall to head in from the edge of the six yard box against the run of play making it two goals from two shots.
Two minutes before half time, Dominic Gape managed to race clear of the Crewe defence and after shrugging off Zoumana Bakayogo he slotted low into the corner past Ben Garratt who had come off his line to close down the angle.
Boos whistled around the away section as the players left the field for the interval and it didn’t get much better in the second half for the loyal fans who had made the journey.
With the home team comfortable with their three goal lead Crewe were struggling to create anything in attack to restore some dignity.
Just past the hour mark, Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth gave summer signing Scott Kashket his home debut and he had a dream start when he beat the offside trap, rounded Garratt who had sprinted way out of his area, and slotted into the gaping net within a minute of being on the pitch.
And it was five just a few minutes later when Kashket got the final touch to wrong foot Garratt after Gape’s effort from the edge of the box.
Crewe made one change after the fifth goal with a straight swap in attack as Daniel Udoh replaced Ryan Lowe. And the substitute was instrumental in ruining Wycombe’s clean sheet when a nicely weighted free kick from James Jones fell to the former non league front man who had his shot blocked into the path of Cooper who managed to score Crewe’s first and only goal of the night.
Garratt was on hand to keep the ball out to deny Kashket his hat-trick before a late header from defender Michael Harriman was cleared off the line as Wycombe recorded only their third win of the season.
2016/17 Games: 36
2016/17 Grounds: 37
Total Grounds Visited: 172