Report from the Prostate Cancer UK Stadium
The Town fell to their fifth straight defeat in League 2 as their hoodoo in front of the television cameras continued.
But the Hatters did not help themselves as they conceded an early goal when Fraser Franks inadvertently deflected Sam Saunders’ shot past Elliot Justham in the third minute.
Four minutes later, however, the Town were level when Elliot Lee pounced in the six-yard box after Wycombe keeper Matt Ingham had spilled Luke Guttridge’s shot.
However the Chairboys retook the lead on 22 minutes when Luke Wilkinson fouled Matt Bloomfield in the penalty area and Paul Hayes fired low past Justham, who had guessed the right way.
The Town’s work was made enough tougher just after the half-hour when Alfie Mawson was allowed to play a one-two with Hayes before finishing expertly past the exposed Justham.
Two goals behind the Hatters needed a goal before the break to make a game of it and Lee came up trumps again seven minutes before the interval with his second of the night. Jake Howells’ left-wing cross was met at the back post by Michael Harriman and his knock-down was volleyed home by Lee.
Fraser Franks came off injured at the break and was replaced by Matt Robinson at the start of the second half in which the Town dominated.
However despite their dominance the Hatters could not find an equaliser with Ingram tested seriously once when substitute Nathan Oduwa’s shot from an acute angle was tipped over the crossbar.
As time ticked Town the Town rallied in search of a late leveller but Wycombe held on to inflict yet another defeat on the luckless Hatters who have now tasted victory just once in their last 13 matches on live television.
Full report to follow.
Next stop Northampton.
Town: Justham; McNulty, Wilkinson, Franks (sub Robinson 46); Harriman, Howells; McGeehan (sub Oduwa 77), Drury, Guttridge; Benson, Lee (sub Cullen 80). Subs not used: Lawless, Stockley, King, Lacey.
Attendance: 8,379, including 555 from Wycombe