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20:54 24th April 2010

Report: Wycombe Wanderers 2 Town 2

If ever there was an old fashioned 'game of two halves', then this was surely it.

The first was a tense affair, in which neither side really did enough to warrant taking the lead.

Town enjoyed the better of the possession, but despite some encouraging build up play involving McGovern and Ward, Tom Heaton remained largely untroubled in the home goal.

Wycombe began to keep the ball a little better after an ineffective half hour in possession, but the score remained goalless, and looked likely to do so until the half time whistle.

However, it was on the brink of the break that the deadlock was broken, as Matt Bloomfield was sent through on goal, and despite the challenges of both Gordon Greer and Stephen Darby, the midfielder kept his cool to slot neatly past Lucas into the corner, and give Danny Wilson plenty to think about at half time.

The second half was a pulsating affair, and whatever Wilson had said in the dressing room had the desired effect, as within two minutes of the restart, Billy Paynter rose to power J-P McGovern's back post cross into the bottom corner and send Town's supporters into raptures.

Town fans at Wycombe Wanderers

It then seemed to be a matter of time until Town took the lead, with both Marshall and McGovern causing the home side problems from both flanks, and both Paynter and Craig Easton going close within the space of two minutes.

Charlie Austin thought he had put Town in front after an hour after he rounded the 'keeper and slotted home, but his celebrations were curtailed by the offside flag.

The hosts were then handed a great chance to go in front when McGovern brought down Betsy just inside the area and the referee pointed to the spot.

Up stepped former Town loanee Alex Revell, but his penalty was brilliantly palmed away by Lucas - but the drama was not over, as Craig Woodman chipped the loose ball back into the box, and Revell was there to bullet it goalwards, and despite Cuthbert's last ditch clearance, the ball was adjudged to have crossed the line.

Jonathan Douglas

Not downhearted by going behind for a second time, Town surged forward again, and were given their just rewards when Scott Cuthbert slotted the ball through towards Alan Sheehan, and the Irishman kept his composure when one-on-one with Heaton, and rolled the ball calmly into the bottom corner to make it 2-2.

Both sides then proceeded to go all out for the three points they desperately craved, and both looked equally dangerous in attack.

However, as the final whistle blew, Town had to settle for a point as their promotion chase goes into another nerve-jangling week.

    Data provided by Press Association