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Woking 2 Wycombe 3 - stats and reaction
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Woking 2 Wycombe 3 - stats, reaction, highlights

Tuesday 16th July 2019



First Half XI: Yates, Trialist-RB, Trialist-LB, Trialist-CB1, Trialist-CB2, Trialist-CM1, Trialist-CM2, Bloomfield, Freeman, Samuel, Mackail-Smith

Second Half XI: Yates (sub 75 Allsop), Trialist-RB (sub 65 Gape), Trialist-CB3, McCarthy, Trialist-CB2, Trialist-CM1 (sub 65 Pattison), Trialist-CM2 (sub 75 Trialist-CB4), Trialist-CM3, Trialist-FW, Trialist-CF, Mackail-Smith (sub 65 Akinfenwa)

Scorers: Samuel 15, Trialist-CB2 58, Akinfenwa 90

Bookings: none

Woking: Howes, Collier, Casey, Poku, Parry, Dierra, Skinner, Donnellan, Trialist, Hodges. Trialist – subs: Tarpey, Fernidnand, Ross, Kretzschmar, Gerring, Cook, Hyde, Morrison

Scorers: Meite (Trialist) 23 (pen), 40

Bookings: none

Referee: Sunny Gill

Attendance: 660

Team News

Wanderers included 11 trialists, some of whom were familiar from the game at Barnet the previous Saturday.

Trialists included Kairo Edwards John who had scored goals on trial with Walsall in pre-season prior to his run out with Wanderers. The 19 year forward came through the academy system at Leicester City but was released in the summer (June 2019).

Trialist-CB4 was Wanderers Head of Sports Scientist Dave Wates, who according to @wwfcofficial: “made up the numbers with an impressive cameo after Anthony Stewart's late withdrawal from the squad.”

Second-half Trialist CM3 was Jacob Gardiner Smith who played and scored in the friendly at Barnet the previous Saturday.

Other trialists were understood to have included Jack Grimmer, Jamie Mascoll, Giles Phillips, Jordan Lyden and Danny Parrish

Woking included former Wanderer Max Kretzschmar as one of their substitute. He saw a late long range shot saved by Ryan Allsop.

Another former Wanderer, Chris Zebrowski, was one of the Woking trialists (#9). Woking’s other trialist (#11), Ibrahim Meite, scored both their goals. Meite was on the books of Crawley Town at the time of this match.
See link to news story about an earlier trial for Zebroski at Aldershot


Gareth Ainsworth

“The results don’t matter in these first two games, and even the first five games. The result of the Bolton Wanderers match is the most important and I keep saying it. Of course as a manager you want to win every game but today was about fitness, getting no injuries and getting the minutes in."

“You can see there are a few players who are just a little bit off it and lacking a few minutes, so games like tonight are good for them. And again, we were littered with trialists and it’s not easy to get into a way of playing when you’ve got eight or so on the pitch.

“I thought the boys handled it well and I was very impressed with one or two which is great and what you want during pre-season. I remember names like Luke O’Nien coming in as a trialist and look at him now. It is important that you give them a chance.

“Anthony Stewart pulled out just before the game which was a bit chaotic because we didn’t have the numbers. Dave Waites went on right at the end and had a fantastic little cameo – but he has played non-league before so it wasn’t totally out of the blue.

“We’ve got a handful of players currently missing through injury who are big names for the team. So when you throw them into the mix, I think we’re actually quite a decent outfit for where we are as a club, with exciting potential on the horizon as well.

“The big man’s got his goal which is very good for him. It’s probably already been a more productive pre-season this year than last – but it means absolutely nothing. It’s all about the season and all about Wycombe Wanderers being a sustainable League One club because the next step is magnificent if we can think about getting there."



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