TEARS OF JOY FOR WY­COMBE

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Matt Bam­sey To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

GARETH Ainsworth cel­e­brated Wy­combe’s great es­cape by swing­ing from the cross­bar in front of 929 ec­static Chair­boys fans – be­fore in­sist­ing he never wants to do it again.

Goals from Sam Wood, Steven Craig and Matt McClure – cou­pled with Bris­tol Rovers’ home de­feat against Mans­field – pre­served Wy­combe’s 21-year stay in the Foot­ball League.

It led to wild scenes of joy, with play­ers in tears and Ainsworth per­form­ing ac­ro­bat­ics af­ter his side en­gi­neered a fi­nal twist in the bat­tle to avoid the drop.

And once emo­tions had sim­mered a touch, Ainsworth ad­mit­ted he had learned some valu­able lessons from his side’s brush with rel­e­ga­tion.

“We can’t let this hap­pen again,” he smiled.“This is the best thing I have ever done in my ca­reer.

“The play­ers are cry­ing tears of joy and this is just such a spe­cial day.

“Any­one who con­sid­ers be­ing a foot­ball man­ager should think se­ri­ously about it be­cause it can play havoc with your heart.

“But you can’t buy mo­ments like this.

“There is all this fan­tas­tic stuff go­ing on in the Pre­mier League, but fairy­tales like this are why people watch the lower leagues.

“Ev­ery­one had writ­ten us off but we al­ways stayed pos­i­tive and I just knew we were go­ing to do it.

“I just lost it for ten sec­onds and I am sure I will be em­bar­rassed by the pic­tures of me hang­ing from the cross­bar.”

Wy­combe flew out of the traps and took the lead af­ter five min­utes. Matt Bloom­field de­liv­ered the ball into the box and Wood had two bites be­fore hook­ing a scuffed vol­ley past Martin Rice.

Wy­combe opened a two-goal cush­ion in the 42nd minute as Craig atoned for his ear­lier miss.

Krys­tian Pearce got caught try­ing to play his way out of trou­ble and McClure raced into the box be­fore Anthony O’Con­nor brought him down and Craig sent Rice the wrong way from the spot.

Torquay were re­duced to ten men five min­utes into the sec­ond half af­ter O’Con­nor picked up a sec­ond yel­low for bundling into the back of Craig.

McClure rubbed salt into Torquay wounds af­ter latch­ing on to keeper Matt In­gram’s long clear­ance and lift­ing the ball over the ad­vanc­ing Rice.

The crush­ing de­feat meant Torquay fin­ished bot­tom and man­ager Chris Har­g­reaves groaned: “That wasn’t good enough and I apol­o­gise on the play­ers’ be­half.

“This show how many cracks there are and how many people need not to be at this foot­ball club.

“I ac­cept all the flak from the fans be­cause the play­ers are my re­spon­si­bil­ity but those who I in­her­ited are not good enough.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

STAR MAN MATT McCLU

RE Wy­com

be CRU­CIAL: Sam Wood, right, scores the first goal for Wy­combe. In­set: Gareth Ainsworth cel­e­brates safety

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