Harrold grabbed the winner for Wycombe
Saturday saw league leaders Wycombe travel to home-specialists Shrewsbury who lay in third position. A win was vital for Town, who needed to close the six-point gap between the two sides.
Wycombe started the game well, with right-back Lewis Hunt raiding forward and crashing a shot against the bar. And the Shrews looked nervous, with goalkeeper Luke Daniels putting on a particularly bad display. Daniels had several poor kicks, leading to Wycombe attacks – one arriving at the feet of Matt Harrold who shot from 40 yards only to see Kelvin Langmead clear off the line.
However the goal didn’t come, and Shrewsbury ended the half the stronger, with Graeme Coughlan glancing a header wide from six yards.
Wanderers came out in the second half with Peter Taylor’s words still ringing in their ears. They grabbed the lead soon after, Gary Holt swinging in the corner straight to Luke Daniels, who was engulfed by three Wycombe players, Matt Harrold getting his head on the ball. It furthered the goalkeepers poor game – it really did look like a simple ball to claim.
Shrewsbury then set about a comeback. However Wycombe looked solid, and could have put the game beyond doubt when Harrold went clear only to fire wide. But a draw could have been salvaged late on, as a barrage of pressure rained down on the Wycombe defence. Coughlan and Dave Hibbert both had chances from six-yards, Coughlan mis-controlling to Hibbert, who then missed his kick. And Grant Holt headed over from close-range late-on.
All-in-all, Shrewsbury have themselves to blame, a particularly poor display in a game they really needed to win. Wycombe showed the sign of champions here – mark my words.
Saturday Dec 20 Results:
Accrington Stanley 1-3 Rotherham
Aldershot 2-2 Grimsby
Bournemouth 2-0 Bury
Bradford 0-0 Chester
Darlington 2-2 Barnet
Exeter 4-1 Rochdale
Gillingham 1-1 Brentford
Luton 1-1 Morecambe
Macclesfield 0-4 Dag & Red
Notts County 0-1 Lincoln City
Port Vale 0-1 Chesterfield
Shrewsbury 0-1 Wycombe
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Tagged Dave Hibbert, Gary Holt, Graeme Coughlan, Grant Holt, Kelvin Langmead, Lewis Hunt, Luke Daniels, Matt Harrold, Peter Taylor, Shrewsbury, Wycombe Wanderers
Aldershot Town stunned Peter Taylor’s Wycombe by finally ending their unbeaten start to the season. Kirk Hudson put the Hampshire side 2-0 up, with two strikes in the first half. Angelo Balanta pulled one back with a powerful header before Daniel Hylton restored Aldershots two-goal advantage. Matty Phillips ensured a nail-biting finish with a thunderous effort, but the Shots fully deserved their three points.
Peter Taylor told the clubs website: “Nobody would have dreamt we would go 18 games unbeaten.
“I don’t think anyone is going to go 18 games unbeaten again, we’re certainly not, but we need to make sure we go on some good runs between now and the end of the season.”
Elsewhere on a day of headlines, Darren Anderton scored Bournemouth’s winner against Chester. It was a fairytale finish to the 36-year old’s career, and gave the south-coast side a 1-0 win.
Shrewsbury moved up to 2nd with a hard-fought win against 9-man Rotherham. The Millers went into the game on the back of a dreadful run, but played well until Drewe Broughton was sent-off for a second bookable offence. Then keeper David Stockdale was given a straight red for bringing down Kevin McIntyre, and Grant Holt slotted the penalty in.
The games at Darlington and Accrington were both called off due to the weather.
Saturday Dec 6 Results:
Aldershot 3-2 Wycombe
Bournemouth 1-0 Chester
Bradford 1-1 Dag & Red
Exeter 2-1 Lincoln City
Gillingham 2-1 Chesterfield
Luton 3-1 Barnet
Macclesfield 1-1 Bury
Notts County 1-Morecambe
Port Vale 2-1 Grimsby
Shrewsbury 1-0 Rotherham
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Tagged Accrington Stanley, Aldershot Town, Angelo Balanta, Bournemouth, Chester City, Daniel Hylton, Darlington, Darren Anderton, David Stockdale, Drewe Broughton, Grant Holt, Hampshire, Kevin McIntyre, Kirk Hudson, Matty Phillips, Peter Taylor, Rotherham United, Shrewsbury Town, Wycombe Wanderers
Wycombe’s Peter Taylor has won the League 2 Manager of the Month for November.
The Chairboys boss steered his side to four wins and a draw, and kept intact their unbeaten status.
Despite this, they did lose to Unibond Premier league side Eastwood Town, in the second round of the F.A. cup.
Angelo Balanta set to unlock League 2 defences – Peter Taylor
Balanta has scored goals for QPR
Wycombe have signed 18-year old Colombian striker Angelo Balanta on a two-month loan deal. The skillful youngster has joined from QPR, and goes straight into the squad for Saturday’s game against Bradford.
Peter Taylor told the Wycombe website:
“He is a little bit different and that’s why I wanted him.
“He is a very exciting player. We need someone that can unlock defences, and I think Angelo can do that.”
Elsewhere Shrewsbury have replaced the outgoing Michael Symes with Southampton teenager Jamie White. The 19-year old has joined on a month’s loan, and can play on the wing, or up front, and adds much needed pace to the Shrewsbury side.
And finally, (so many loan deals!) Luton have signed Kevin Gallen on (you guessed it) a month’s loan. The MK Don’s striker has had limited opportunities, and makes the short trip to Kenilworth Road. Luton fans can watch the video below, for a taste of the finishing they can expect over the next month.
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Tagged Angelo Balanta, Bradford City, Jamie White, Kevin Gallen, Luton Town, Michael Symes, MK Dons, Peter Taylor, QPR, Shrewsbury Town, Southampton, Wycombe Wanderers