REPORT | Wycombe 2 Wanderers 4

Toal celebration

Wanderers had never won at Wycombe but made it worth the wait as two late goals secured a thrilling victory which lifted the Whites to within two points of the League One promotion places, writes Pete Oliver.

A superb first-half performance capped by goals from midfield men Paris Maghoma and George Thomason had given Ian Evatt’s men control as they looked to secure a fourth win in five league games.

But the real drama was still to come as Wanderers then had to survive a fightback from Wycombe who struck twice after the break to cancel out the lead and seemingly snatch at least point.

That might have felt like scant reward for the Whites but rather than try and hang on to what they had, it was Wanderers who set up the big finish as they hauled themselves off the ropes to score twice more in the final five minutes to continue their charge with a fourth win in five league games.

Eoin Toal restored the lead with a superb head to spark ecstasy among the travelling fans and the supporters and players were then celebrating again when substitute Aaron Morley stroked home a penalty to seal an epic win on a landmark night.


paris maghoma

As well as failing to take a point, Wanderers hadn’t scored a goal on their three previous visits to Adams Park either but took just 15 minutes to end that drought as they made the ideal start.

Maghoma had been brought back into the starting line-up in a league game for the first time since the end of August and was just starting to make his presence felt when he grabbed his first goal in a Wanderers’ shirt.

The on-loan midfield man spun onto a pass from Ricardo Almeida Santos and after running at the retreating home defence tried his luck with a strike from outside the penalty area which keeper Max Stryjek fumbled over the line.

Stryjek was more alert to tip over another effort from Maghoma moments later as the Wanderers’ man popped up everywhere to keep the Whites on the front foot.

It was impressive stuff from the Whites – with Will Forrester also among the stand-out performers on his return – as they continued to force the pace and another incisive move saw the Wycombe keeper called into action again to palm out a driven cross from George Thomason.

George Thomason celebration

Wycombe, who had recovered from a slow start to the season to climb to eighth in the table on the back of fours wins and a draw from their previous seven games, didn’t register a serious reply until the 35th minute when Nathan Baxter got down well to keep out a skidding effort from Freddie Potts.

But the respite for the home side was only brief as Thomason then doubled the lead as he also got on the scoresheet for the first time this season six minutes before the break.

Evatt wants more goals from the midfield man and he showed all the necessary attributes with an excellent finish to get on the scoresheet for the first time since November, 2021.

Josh Sheehan delivered the assist with a lovely, lofted pass forward and Thomason’s excellent first touch allowed him to leave Stryjek in two minds before lifting the ball calmly over the Wycombe keeper to make it 2-0 to cap a near perfect first-half performance.

Wanderers needed to start the second period in similar vein but just three minutes in Wycombe had a route back into the game as they halved the deficit.

The Whites surrendered possession on half-way and were unable to regain control before Luke Leahy pounced on a loose ball just outside the penalty area to curl a sweetly-struck effort into the top corner.

cameron jerome

That triggered a spell of pressure from the hosts as they sensed a possible comeback and Wanderers struggled to regain the initiative.

The introduction of Morley helped stem the flow as he and Sheehan looked to get the Whites ticking again and a typically probing run from Sheehan ended with the Wales international almost looping a cross inside the far post as the contest entered its final quarter of an hour.

Wanderers were inching towards the line but with nine minutes of normal time to go they cracked as Wycombe found an equaliser.

Baxter made a superb save from Potts following a corner but couldn’t prevent David Wheeler seizing on the rebound to force the ball home and make it 2-2 to present Wanderers with a major test of their resolve.

But instead of hanging on for just a point, the Whites rallied magnificently and wrested victory back with two dramatic late goals.

Toal powered in the first with a thumping header from Sheehan’s corner in the 86th minute and a magnificent win was finally secured when substitute Cameron Jerome was fouled in the box and Morley kept his cool to convert the penalty in front of the delighted travelling fans who celebrated a ground-breaking third away win of the season.

Wanderers: Baxter; Forrester, Santos, Toal; Sheehan; Jones, Maghoma (Morley 67), Thomason, Dacres-Cogley; Charles (Nlundulu 83), Adeboyejo (Jerome 83). Substitutes: Coleman, Iredale, Bodvarsson, Williams.

Booked: Maghoma

Wycombe: Stryjek; Low, Keogh, Leahy; Pattenden (Wheeler 69), Scowen (Sadlier 73), Potts, Boyes; Phillips (Tafazolli 81); Hanlan (McCleary 69), Taylor (Vokes 81). Substitutes: Ravizzoli, Breckin.

Booked: Scowen

Referee: Leigh Doughty

Attendance: 4,935 (750 away)

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