Wycombe Wanderers gained revenge for their FA Cup defeat last season with a 2-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra in their first round replay at a sparsely-attended Gresty Road.
Two second-half goals from Steve Craig (penalty) and Gary Doherty were enough to claim them a home date with former winners Preston North End in the next round.
The opening goal arrived early in the second period when young goalkeeper Ben Garratt initially blocked Mark McCoy’s 25-yard effort but then brought down Craig, who duly converted from the penalty spot.
Former Spurs defender Doherty later poked in a second from close-range after Billy Knott had helped on Anthony Scowen’s corner.
Max Clayton did earlier test Matt Ingram at the other end before later being stretchered off following a heavy challenge, while substitute Brad Inman missed a late chance.
Goalkeeper Ingram was required to take an AJ Leitch-Smith cross during the initial exchanges and Matt McClure had a couple of openings in reply – shooting tamely at Garratt and then wide.
Garratt then held onto an effort from Paris Cowan-Hall and also did well to deny the visitors’ goalscorer from the first-leg as they chased a third goal.
Home substitute Vadaine Oliver saw a late header gathered but his side were in truth short of creativity and threat throughout the duration of the contest.
Crewe Alexandra: Garratt, Mellor, Ellis, Davis, Guthrie, Osman, Evans, Grant, Clayton (Oliver 59), Leitch-Smith, Moore (Inman 67)
subs (unused): Martin, Nolan, Audel, Aneke, Waters
Wycombe Wanderers: Ingram, McCoy, Wood, Lewis, Stewart, Doherty, Cowan-Hall, Knott (Bloomfield 82), Craig (Morias 90), McClure, Scowen
subs (unused): Johnson, Morgan, Spring, Kretzschmar, Harrison
Goals: Craig (pen 50), Doherty (70)
Ref: K. Wright
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