Wycombe Wanderers earned a creditable point at Stevenage as both sides played out a 0-0 draw at a freezing Lamex Stadium.

Adebayo Akinfenwa came closest for the visitors when his improvised header came back off the post and rebounded to safety on 82 minutes.

Incredibly, in the first half, it was Wanderers keeper Scott Brown who came closest when his 70-yard punt evaded everyone and was cleared off the line by Ronnie Henry with the help of the crossbar.

Both sides had their opportunities in a hard-fought affair, with Wycombe shading the match as a whole.

Stevenage had the first chance on six minutes when Luke Wilkinson’s raking long ball found Matt Godden but his header looped wide from 15 yards.

Wycombe came back with an opportunity of their own a minute later when Nick Freeman showed good feet, aided by a one-two with Akinfenwa, but his curling effort was held by Joe Fryer.

It was almost disaster for the home side on 10 minutes when Fryer came out to collect Joe Jacobson’s cross but the keeper collided with Jack King, with Fryer managing to scramble it off the line in the nick of time.

Wanderers were posing a threat going forward and Akinfenwa flicked on for Mackail-Smith on 12 minutes but his half-volley was blocked away for a corner.

Stevenage were probing still with Wanderers remaining firm. However, an error by Anthony Stewart allowed the dangerous Godden into the area but Stewart atoned for his mistake, deflecting the ball wide.

Darren Sarll’s side a great chance to open the scoring on 23 minutes when Alex Samuel burst down the right. He pulled the ball back to Godden, who saw his shot blocked by Matt Bloomfield.

Tom Pett picked up the loose ball just inside the area but saw his strike drift agonisingly wide.

Stevenage, though, looked jittery on occasions at the back and King almost presented Akinfenwa with a chance on 27 minutes but the ball bobbled away from the striker and Fryer gathered.

King was proving a threat at both ends. He met Joe Martin’s pacey delivery on the half hour mark but skewed well wide from six yards.

Luke O’Nien came close on 35 minutes when he met Jacobson’s excellent corner with a free header straight into the grateful hands of Fryer.

Fryer came to Stevenage’s rescue again on 39 minutes when Mackail-Smith latched onto Akinfenwa’s superb through ball but the keeper made a brave save.

The Blues were beginning to get on top and Freeman cracked a shot from 20 yards on 43 minutes which again the overworked Fryer held on well to.

Fryer’s eccentric afternoon continued when he missed Brown’s massive clearance. Henry came to the rescue with the ball agonisingly close to crossing the line.

The Chairboys had a half-chance right at the start of the second half when Freeman snatched a volley after more good work by Akinfenwa.

The lively start to the second half continued and Pett missed a header altogether from six yards from Martin’s terrific corner on 49 minutes.

Chris Whelpdale had a golden opportunity for the hosts on 53 minutes when he met Martin’s floated cross but headed into the side netting under pressure from Jacobson.

Martin’s left foot was providing some real quality and his shot on the hour was deflected just wide with Brown scrambling.

It was an extremely tight affair with both sides looking solid. The tireless Mackail-Smith was next to have a crack on 65 minutes from long-range but Fryer held well in the freezing weather.

The Chairboys were pinning Stevenage in their own box with 20 minutes remaining but the home defence remained organised.

Nathan Tyson almost marked his comeback with a goal but headed wide from six yards with 12 minutes left, with the goal gaping.

Akinfenwa almost gave the Blues a deserved win but once again the woodwork came to the aid of Sarll's side.

In the end, a decent draw for Gareth Ainsworth's side who stay fifth in League Two.

WYCOMBE WANDERERS: Brown, Jombati, Stewart, El-Abd, Jacobson, O’Nien, Bloomfield, Eze (sub: Saunders, 61), Freeman (sub: Tyson, 61), Akinfenwa, Mackail-Smith. Subs: Ma-Kalambay, Scarr, Williams, Bean, Southwell.

STEVENAGE: Fryer, Henry, Wilkinson, King, Martin, Whelpdale, McKee, Smith, Pett (sub: Conlon, 80), Samuel (sub: Newton 61), Godden. Subs: Day, Franks, Wade-Slater, Wilmot, Beautyman.

REFEREE: Scott Duncan