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Preview: Wycombe v Grimsby

By: Kevin Dolan
Date: 16/11/2006

ALAN Buckley takes charge of his first Grimsby Town league game for over 6 years as The Mariners make the difficult trip to Wycombe. With the bottom two teams in League 2 playing each other, Town also have the added pressure of keeping themselves clear of the relegation zone.

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The Opposition

After relegation along with The Mariners in 2004, Wycombe have found getting out of this division just as tough. They spent the majority of the 2004/05 in mid-table, sacking Tony Adams in the November and replacing him with John Gorman (left), and despite making a late bid for the play-offs they finished tenth. Last season they made a very strong start, staying unbeaten until almost Christmas and were top for the majority of the first half of the season. Off field issues including the death of both midfielder Mark Philo in a car crash and Gorman’s wife from cancer overshadowed the club and The Chairboys started faltering in the New Year. Gorman took compassionate leave and an alarming drop in form, including six defeats in a row, saw them struggle to even salvage a play-off spot; they did eventually secure sixth spot but narrowly lost to Cheltenham in the play-off semis.

The Team
Wycombe currently lie in 3rd place in League 2, five points off top spot and two ahead of the play-offs. Their home form is strong with only one defeat so far (which was to away specialists Lincoln and accounted for three of the five goals conceded at The Causeway Stadium) and their success has been built around the second tightest defence in the division; they are currently on a run of one defeat in eight league and cup games.

Jermaine Easter and Tommy Mooney have become a strong and complementary partnership with 20 goals between them this season; Easter is top scorer with 12. In midfield is ex-Fulham and Barnsley winger Kevin Betsy (left) and Stefan Oakes who signed from Notts County 18 months ago. Wycombe also have four Premiership players on loan and are likely to include two in their starting line-up, Fulham goalkeeper Ricardo Batista and Reading defender Scott Golbourne.

Key Player
Who else but Tommy Mooney (left)? A name to strike fear in the majority of Mariners fans. Easter may be the top scorer, but Mooney, with nine goals in his last 10 games against The Mariners, has become infamous in recent years against Town. Mooney has eight goals so far this season, but has failed to find the net in his last six games; a run that is waiting to be broken.

Recent Form

DNorthampton(a)0-0 (FAC)
LMK Dons(h)1-3
LMansfield(a)0-3 (JPT)
LNotts Co(h)0-2
Currently 22nd in League Two.
WOxford(h)2-1 (FAC)
WNotts Co(a)1-0
LBristol R(h)0-2 (JPT)
Currently 3rd in League Two.

Top Scorers

Peter Bore5
Gary Jones3
Ciaron Toner3

Team News


  • Gary Jones is now available after completing his three-match ban.

  • Ricky Ravenhill and Peter Bore are now available after missing last week's game through injury.

  • Isaiah Rankin will once again by missing though injury.
  • Scott Golbourne plays his last game of a 3-month loan.

  • Midfielders Russell Martin and Anthony Grant are both suspended for the match after collecting 5 bookings each.

  • On loan Tommy Doherty is now available for selection after being suspended for the last four games.
  • Probable Teams

    1Phil Barnes
    20Gary Croft
    5Nick Fenton
    6Justin Whittle
    3Tom Newey
    4Gary Harkins
    8Paul Bolland
    16Danny Boshell
    10Ciaran Toner
    19Gary Jones
    18Peter Bore
    31Ricardo Batista
    25Sam Stockley
    6Mike Williamson
    5Will Antwi
    19Scott Golbourne
    7Kevin Betsy
    30Anthony Grant
    10Matt Bloomfield
    8Stefan Oakes
    9Jermaine Easter
    16Tommy Mooney


    13Robert Murray
    2John McDermott
    23Nick Hegarty
    22Danny North
    12Ricky Ravenhill
    32Jamie Young
    29Stephen O'Halloran
    15Tommy Doherty
    3Chris Palmer
    11Ian Stonebridge

    Head to Head

    Despite not facing each other until the 1997/98 season, Wycombe have quickly become a major bogey team for The Mariners. Town’s only victory against them came at the start of the 2003/04 season and they have never won at The Causeway Stadium. The Chairboys have won the corresponding fixtures in each of the last three seasons.

    P 10 W 1 D 4 L 5 F 8 A 16

    Wycombe Head-to-Head (102nd on The Opposition Ladder)

    Last Meeting

    The last time Town visited The Causeway Stadium was on the corresponding weekend last season, when both teams were in the automatic promotion places and Town’s superb unbeaten away run finally came to an end.

    Wycombe3 - 1Grimsby
    Griffin 20
    Bloomfield 36
    Johnson 78
     Reddy 37

    Wycombe Team: Turner, Senda, Easton, Johnson, Keogh, Betsy, Bloomfield, Lee (Martin, 69), Burnell, Mooney, Griffin (Dixon, 79)
    Subs (not used): Steve Williams, Anya, Williamson

    Grimsby Team: Mildenhall, McDermott, Newey (Croft, 80), Ramsden, Whittle, Cohen (Andrew, 80), Toner, Bolland, Parkinson, Reddy, G Jones (Gritton, 64)
    Subs: (not used) Barwick, Kalala

    Attendance: 6,125  Report


    Wycombe 0-1 Town

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