SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Birthday boy Stuart Beavon bids to spoil the party

Owls joy: Ryan Lowe hit the post and headed the winner at Adams Park and joined Jose Semedo on the scoresheet as Wednesday kept danger man Stuart Beavon quiet.     Picture: Steve ellis
Owls joy: Ryan Lowe hit the post and headed the winner at Adams Park and joined Jose Semedo on the scoresheet as Wednesday kept danger man Stuart Beavon quiet. Picture: Steve ellis

HOTSHOT Stuart Beavon is out to ruin the Owls’ promotion party on his 28th birthday in what could be his final appearance for Wycombe.

He has scored 25 goals in 44 appearances this season - a record that has sparked speculation about his future now that Wanderers have been relegated.

The Owls have kept him quiet once this season: they won 2-1 at Adams Park with goals from Jose Semedo and Ryan Lowe, who headed his first for the club after making Semedo’s strike with a shot that hit the post.

But overall Beavon has been a star in a struggling side and he has scored three in the last three games as Wycombe headed for the League One trapdoor.

He is a major reason why his club, though relegated, have scored more goals than any other team outside the top seven - 65.

Beavon has already won some fans’ Player of the Year awards and along with Wednesday’s Michail Antonio was short-listed for the League One Player of the Month award for March.

Team-mate Matt Bloomfield is unsure whether the club will be able to hang on to him. “I’m sure there’s a lot of teams watching him,” said the midfield player.

“We don’t want him to leave, that’s for sure. If someone bids enough money for him, we’re not a club who can turn down a lot of money. I’m sure the gaffer, the chairman and the board won’t want him to leave, and the supporters want him to stay. Quite what the summer will bring, I don’t know.”

Owls fans hope that Saturday will bring the win that would guarantee Championship football next season.

Wycombe may have a goal-scoring striker but their defending seems likely to get a searching test at Hillsborough.

They have conceded 86 goals - the highest total in the division, 12 of them in the last four games, from which only a point has been collected.

But Owls defender Rob Jones says: “Just because Wycombe have been relegated, it doesn’t make our job any easier.

“It’s important we keep hold of the emotions and get the job done. I’m sure our quality is enough to get us over the line.”