Gethin Jones admits he won’t forget his last meeting with Wycombe in a hurry as he looks forward to Saturday’s renewal.
Jones made a comeback from injury against Wycombe on their last visit in January as he played a remarkable two games in one day.
The Wanderers’ defender featured for the Reserves in the afternoon and then appeared from the bench later that evening as boss Ian Evatt welcomed back one of his key men.
“I was out for 12 weeks with a stress fracture,” recalled Jones.
“I remember playing in the afternoon against Fleetwood and the gaffer told me at half-time: do you fancy coming off and maybe being on the bench for us tonight?
“Obviously I was keen to be back out there with the lads. I did come in that game against Wycombe so, I remember that night very well.”
Jones was unable to inspire a comeback as a 2-0 defeat to Wycombe made it five defeats on the spin for Ian Evatt’s men during a tough mid-winter.
But the Whites’ vice-captain and his team-mates haven’t looked back since with just three losses in their last 23 games, including a battling 1-1 draw at Ipswich Town last weekend.
And Jones is hoping to extend that impressive record as he looks forward to a first home game of the season against last season’s beaten League One finalists with over 17,000 fans expected at a vibrant University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
“Before that little run we had a different formation, and we’ve all took grips on how we want to play now,” added Jones, whose move to a right-sided position in a three-man central defensive was one of the catalysts for the Whites’ revival.
“We’ve got a really strong squad. January helped us a lot and we’ve got a few more players in this summer so, now I think we’re all really buzzing for Saturday.
“We’re really looking forward to this season playing in front of our home fans.
“We’ve all seen how many season tickets we’ve sold, and it’ll obviously be a tough game against Wycombe as well so now we’re really excited.
“Wycombe were up there towards the end of last season so; they’ll be another platform to see where we’re at.
“We’ve worked really hard this week on how we want to take our game to them so hopefully that all pays off on Saturday.”
Tickets for Saturday's game are available to buy for official club members up to kick-off with 2022/23 season tickets also on sale until 3pm.