ADAM Birchall continued his goalscoring spree to fire Wanderers into the Area Quarter-finals of the LDV Vans Trophy.

The on-loan Arsenal striker scored his fifth goal in ten games to give Wanderers their first victory since they beat Aldershot in round one.

And it gave them a modicum of revenge for September 18 when Swansea won 1-0 at Adams Park to knock Wanderers off the top of the table and start an eight-match slide which has seen them drop to 16th.

Now boss Tony Adams is looking for his troops to use this victory as a springboard to get back into the promotion race as well as chasing a place in the LDV Vans Final in Cardiff.

He said: "Major events like a 1-0 win do have a major effect on players' confidence and performances and I hope it will have a major effect on our performances."

Adams made five changes from the team which lost at Darlington on Saturday and unveiled a new formation to get the result he wanted.

Gary Silk returned from suspension to displace Gus Ulhenbeek, Roger Johnson replaced Stuart Nethercott, Matt Bloomfield replaced Joe Burnell and Russell Martin came in for Keith Ryan while Zema Abbey played up front instead of Nathan Tyson.

The new faces slotted into the new system as Adams played with a back four but then split the midfield with two sitters' and three playing in a more advanced role just behind Zema Abbey who was the focal point of the attack.

And the gaffer was delighted with the way it went as Wanderers saw off a full-strength Swansea side who were not given the room to play their normal game.

Wanderers took just four minutes to get the decisive goal and it was a move and finish worthy of winning any game.

Danny Senda picked out Birchall with a pinpoint pass and the unmarked Welsh U21 striker easily cut between Tate and Monk before beating the helpless Willy Gueret with a low finish to claim his third consecutive home goal to sink his coutrymen.

Remarkably Birchall has yet to score away but his all-round performance gave watching directors Ivor Beeks and Steve Hayes a further reminder that they must act to keep him when his three-month loan deal expires after the Orient game.

Birchall has now joined Nathan Tyson at the top of Wanderers' scoring charts and his continued presence will be crucial if they really do harbour ambitions this season.

At the other end, Wanderers' rearguard had to be on red alert with Paul Connor and Lee Trundle looking to cause damage. But the Wycombe backline were equal to it and the biggest scares they had were self inflicted.

Roger Johnson's heavy and hurried back pass forced Frank Talia to dive full length after just two minutes and then on loan Millwall defender Tony Craig was relieved to see his over-hit back pass bounce past the post after a complete air-kick by Talia.

But that would have been nothing compared to the embarrassment Swansea centre half Alan Tate would have felt if his bizarre 30 yard volleyed clearance in the direction of his own goal had dipped under his own crossbar instead of whistling just over it.

Senda and Matt Bloomfield held a firm grip on the midfield and Wanderers would have gone into half time with a more comfortable lead had Abbey not wastefully sent a free header wide.

The Swansea fight-back never materialised in the second half and it was Wycombe who continued to fashion the better chances. Martin, who impressed in the midfield, volleyed just wide and saw another effort held onto by Swans keeper Geuret.

Senda then fizzed in a low free-kick which Gueret failed to hold and Abbey who has one match left on his initial one month contract somehow slashed the rebound wide of a gaping target to blot what was otherwise a pretty decent night's work from the targetman.

But it was Ian Stonebridge who came the closest to doubling Wanderers lead in front of the lowest LDV crowd anywhere in the country that night.

He received the ball from Martin before lifting a delightful chip onto the crossbar.

Wycombe: Talia, Silk, Johnson, Williamson, Craig, Senda, Bloomfield, Martin, Birchall, Stonebridge, Abbey (sub 87 Tyson) - subs not used: Ulhenbeek, Ryan, Dixon, Williams Scorer: Birchall 4 Bookings: Birchall 31, Craig 46, Tyson 90.

Swansea: Gueret, Ricketts, Austin, O'Leary, Martinez, Tate (sub HT Iriekpen), Forbes, Monk, Trundle, Maylett (sub 69 Britton), Connor (sub 57 Nugent) - subs not used: Murphy, Fisken.

Bookings: Martinez 35, Tate 51, Monk 90.

Attendance: 1,021 (Swansea 125).

LDV Vans Trophy second round: Wycombe 1, Swansea 0