Boss in­sists mass brawl will not hang over match

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

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.

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