Wycombe Wanderers Preview v Gillingham

In form Wycombe look to continue their outstanding run on Saturday when they make the relatively short trip to Kent to play 16th-placed Gillingham.

Gareth Ainsworth’s Chairboys managed to topple another promotion candidate in their last outing, Barnsley being their latest victims thanks to a long-range strike from Randell Williams and a resolute defensive display. A small part of that was because of a solid debut from Wanderers’ latest emergency loan goalkeeper, Stephen Henderson.

His performance has led to an extension of his spell at Adams Park for at least another week, so the Forest man will be hoping to follow in David Stockdale’s footsteps and guide Wycombe to another away victory, which they did at Accrington for the first time in over three months.

Wanderers’ opponents, Gillingham, have won three on the spin in all competitions, all away from home, with boss Steve Lovell easing some of the pressure that he found himself under and establishing a gap between themselves and the relegation zone.

They also have an FA Cup third round tie with Premier League Cardiff City to look forward to in a few weeks. Despite most of Gillingham’s good recent form coming on the road, they did manage to see off Bradford and Fleetwood at Priestfield in consecutive weeks not so long ago, scoring seven and conceding none in the process.

Team news

Veterans Matt Bloomfield and Adebayo Akinfenwa are edging closer to a return to action, while Marcus Bean has fully recovered from illness and Darius Charles and Sam Saunders remain doubtful.

The Gills will be missing Max Ehmer due to a shoulder injury with Alex Lacey set to take his place. Callum Reilly is still suspended, but Brandon Hanlan will be available for Saturday’s League One clash.

Previous meetings

Unlike many teams they will come up against this season, Gillingham have been regular opponents for Wycombe since they were promoted to the Football League. 23 meetings have been played in total, with the pair sharing eight wins with seven draws.

Wanderers have won the last two clashes in Kent, including a memorable televised 1-0 success where Matt McClure was the hero. The last time they met in the third tier was on the final day of the 2009-10 season with over 7000 at Adams Park despite the fact that the Chairboys were already relegated. They eased to a 3-0 win to relegate the Gills as well.

Although Saturday’s game doesn’t have as much riding on it as that game did, there are still valuable points to play for with both outfits hoping to continue their good runs and move up the standings.


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