Report: Gillingham 2-2 Wycombe Wanderers

Wycombe’s three-game winning run came to an end after they were made to settle for a point in torrential conditions away at Gillingham.

The Chairboys took a very early two-goal lead to the delight of their 500 or so soaked fans in the open ‘temporary’ away stand, but a goal out of nothing from League One top scorer Tom Eaves turned the game in the Gills’ favour.

A headed equaliser from Josh Parker set up a grandstand finish, and although both sides had their chances to take all three points, the defences stood firm to end the winning runs of both outfits.

Wycombe made one change from their eleven that beat Barnsley 1-0, as did Gillingham with Alex Lacey replacing Max Ehmer.

Kick-off

Wycombe started as they have finished in recent games, in scintillating form. Jason McCarthy was causing all kinds of trouble down Wanderers’ right hand side, and after Gareth Ainsworth’s men missed a couple of half chances, they took the lead in the 12th minute. As he did against Shrewsbury, Adam El-Abd found the net against one of his old clubs, once again, a corner was cleared to him and he finished in style.

McCarthy’s marauding runs and the fluid front three were threatening for Wycombe to run away with it early on, and they made it two inside twenty minutes. The full-back’s cross fell for veteran Nathan Tyson who placed it to perfection in the bottom corner for his first goal of the season.

When Gillingham finally came forward, loanee ‘keeper Stephen Henderson was equal to the task, palming away Josh Parker’s effort. A couple more chances for both sides came before the break, but it was the Chairboys who could warm up in the dressing rooms with a two-goal lead to their name.

HALF-TIME: Gillingham 0-2 Wycombe Wanderers

Almost immediately in the second period, Fred Onyedinma found himself through on goal after some good work to get past Alex Lacey, but Gills stopper Tomáš Holý used all 6ft9 of him to keep the shot out. Arguably, that was the turning point in the game as Dean Parrett’s long free-kick was taken down expertly by Tom Eaves and slotted past Henderson.

In form Alex Samuel had a chance to restore Wycombe’s two-goal cushion on 64 minutes but could only skew his shot over following up from Bryn Morris’ effort. After another even period, the Gills found an equaliser with the otherwise ineffective Josh Parker scoring with a bullet header from a corner.

Wycombe made their first substitution for over two weeks, having remained with the same side throughout the whole of the Barnsley game, on 77 minutes. Randell Williams came on for Tyson, and he nearly found a winner from a curled effort that was tipped wide by Holý. Josh Parker also missed a guilt-edged chance late on, but Dean Whitestone blew his final whistle allowing both sets of fans to get in from the cold and forcing both Steve Lovell and Gareth Ainsworth to settle for a point.

FULL-TIME: Gillingham 2-2 Wycombe Wanderers

Wycombe are now six games unbeaten, and will be confident of extending that run when struggling AFC Wimbledon visit Adams Park next Saturday with Wally Downes now in charge.

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