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07th Jan 2017

Adebayo Akinfenwa has saved a lot of people’s accumulators

Heartbreak for the opponents.

Tom Victor

It can be easy to forget that, in addition to being a Twitter celebrity, Adebayo Akinfenwa is also a tidy footballer.

The former Wimbledon frontman is still playing in his mid-30s, and he hasn’t lost his scoring touch just yet.

His late winner for Wycombe against Stourbridge made it four goals in six games, but this one arguably meant more to the neutrals than his last three strikes.

Plenty of football fans are often tempted to put an accumulator on for the third round of the FA Cup, with teams from England’s top two divisions joining the lower-league and non-league outfits who have made it this far.

The competition remains unpredictable, as results such as Championship side Ipswich Town’s draw with non-league Lincoln City demonstrated.

But Wycombe were playing at home to a team from the Northern Premier – the seventh tier of English football – so people had reason to feel confident.

It was far from the plain sailing people anticipated, however.

The Chairboys went into half time with the game still goalless, and Sam Wood’s second-half opener was cancelled out by Stourbridge’s Dan Scarr.

But just as the game looked like it might be heading to a replay, up popped Akinfenwa to head home Joe Jacobson’s cross just seven minutes from time.

A blow for the famed Magic of the Cup, of course, but a sense of relief for those who backed the hosts.