Twenty-four sec­onds from glory

Wan­der­ers lose on penal­ties in play-off fi­nal

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PLAY-OFF FINAL - By Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­

(From top) Wy­combe fans hold up cards at Wem­b­ley; fam­i­lies en­joy the car­ni­val at­mos­phere; Michael Butcher, Kevin, Peter Butcher and Danielle Dur­rant out­side the sta­dium; fans were full of be­lief as the match got un­der way; fans keep their me­mora­bilia handy. (Clock­wise from right) Cian, four, be­fore the match; a fan flies the flag for the Wan­der­ers; a fan meets Wy­combe Wan­der­ers’ club mas­cot Bodger; Fazaan, eight; and fans get clap happy BAT­TLING Wy­combe Wan­der­ers came within sec­onds of pro­mo­tion be­fore suf­fer­ing heart­break in the play­off fi­nal at Wem­b­ley.

Daniel Bent­ley’s own goal gave the Chair­boys t the e lead ead in ex­tra-timee tat e af­ter a goal­less 90 min­utes, leav­ing the Buck­ing­hamshire side mo­ments away from glory.

But Joe Pig­got’s in­jury time lev­eller forced penal­ties on a dra­matic Satur­day evening un­der the arch at the home of foot­ball.

It was a cruel blblow blow ffor for W Wy­combeb as they saw v victory snatched away with just 24 sec­onds of the m match re­main­ing un­der the fa­mous arch.

Rookie Chair­boys keeper A Alex Lynch gave his side theth ad­van­tage in th the shoot-outh t t whenh h he saved from Ben Coker, but it was not to be Wy­combe’s day.

Southend shot-stop­per Bent­ley then went from zero to hero by sav­ing from Matt Bloom­field a and Sam Wood to send h his team into League O One.

Bloom­field is known as Mr Wy­combe, hav­ing spent more than a decade at Adams Park and, along with Wood, was con­soled by his Chair­boys team-mates in the cen­tre c cir­cle.

Ul­ti­mately it meant t that more than 15,000 Wan­der­ers fans wear­ing the light and dark blue quar­ters went home dis­ap­pointed af­ter a mem­o­rable day out – their first at Wem­b­ley s since 1994.

Matt Bloom­field is dis­traught af­ter miss­ing his penalty; (inset) Sam Wood also suf­fered in the shoot-out

Pho­tos by Ac­tion Images



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