Boss insists mass brawl will not hang over match
THE mass brawl which blighted Wanderers’ win at Morecambe in August is ancient history now, according to Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth.
The two sides meet again on Saturday for the first time since that midweek clash in Lancashire, when Marcus Bean reacted to having his dreadlocks pulled by both Kevin Ellison and Ryan Edwards at the end of the game.
Ellison and Edwards both received retrospective threematch bans for violent conduct, but as far as Ainsworth is concerned it is all forgotten now.
He said: “There’s ‘afters’ with a lot of clubs we play, but that’s all in the past now. [Morecambe manager] Jim Bentley is a good bloke and, like me, is trying to do the best he can on a small budget.”
Bean, who has been sidelined for almost two months, is unlikely to be ready in time for a reunion with his tormentors, although he is not far from returning.
Ainsworth, meanwhile, will be wary of the threat posed by another player who has suffered from their own injury problems this season.
Peter Murphy left Wycombe for Morecambe in the summer but was crocked on his debut for his new club, returning to action only a month ago.
Ainsworth said: “I’m pleased to see Peter is fit again, but it means we will have to be wary of him on Saturday. We know he can be a real danger and a goal threat, so we will be keeping an eye on him.