City Reserves failed to recapture the form they showed two weeks ago against league leaders Reading when they turned in a distinctly below par performance at Wycombe Wanderers on Wednesday.
A goal in either half was enough for the home side to take all 3 points at The Causeway Stadium.
The game marked the return of Ryan Jarvis who has been sidelined for the past 6 weeks after picking up an ankle injury in the Reserve team game against Cambridge United at Colney back in January.
Jarvis played a full 90 minutes alongside Danny Crow, who he had hoped to partner in last weeks F. A. Youth Cup clash against Manchester United. However the Fakenham youngster failed to recover in time and it now remains to be seen if he can break back into first team contention, something he was doing very nicely at prior to the ankle injury.
Ryan Jarvis returned to action
All action stuff from Matthew Halliday
Keith Webb fielded a very young side at Wycombe with five of the starting line up now having played three games in a week, and at times it did show.
Nevertheless, and against the run of play, City almost opened the scoring when Olly Willis picked up a loose clearance only to send his 40-yard effort wide of an empty net.
The home side went ahead 0n 32 minutes when Ian Simpemba headed home from a free kick.
City rarely troubled Steve Williams in the Wycombe goal, indeed it wasn't until the hour mark that they came close to scoring when Clint Easton saw his 35-yard shot clip the crossbar.
Wycombe extended their lead on 75 minutes when Mark Philo beat Shane Herbert with a rising shot.
After playing a 3-5-2 formation, Webb reverted back to a flat back formation and for the first time in the game City looked to be in control.
They might have scored through substitute Lee Howlett, who forced Williams into a good save, while in the closing minutes Jarvis looked on in disbelief when his shot struck both uprights before the Wycombe defence cleared the danger.
City Line-up: Herbert, Willis, Smith [Eagle 87], Briggs, Shackell, Halliday, Sinclair, Crow [Howlett 70], Jarvis, Easton, Blackburn [Howell 65].
Subs Not Used: A. Osborne, Watts.
Olly Willis, might have done better with a long range effort
Further Action From The Match
Ryan Jarvis gives his man the slip
It's all in a days work for Matt Halliday, Clint Easton and Lee Blackburn
Adam Smith started at left wing-back before reverting to a more central midfield role
Keith Briggs looks on as Olly Willis races forward
Danny Crow partnered Ryan Jarvis up front
Lee Blackburn was one of five players in their third game in eight days
Anxious moments as Ryan Jarvis receives attention for a knock just before half-time
Report and Pictures courtesy of John Landamore.