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Stevenage preview - A look at our next away trip

4 March 2021

Match Previews

Stevenage preview - A look at our next away trip

4 March 2021



Town are again on the road this weekend as we travel south to face Stevenage and look to continue the recent form that has seen us move to within four points of the playoffs.

Jack Muldoon's late winner at Barrow on Tuesday was Town's third consecutive 1-0 victory, their sixth win in eight games and meant that the defence has now kept clean sheets in four of its past five outings.

Since we last met

The 2019/20 season was a struggle for Stevenage, who were bottom of the table when the season was brought to a premature close with them registering only three wins and 24 goals in their 36 games.

This form continued over into the current season and they were in danger of being dragged into a potential relegation dogfight. Earlier in the season the two sides played out a 0-0 draw at The Envirovent Stadium.

However, since the turn of the year they have put together a run that has seen them now comfortably in mid-table, 12 points from safety, and they come into the game on the back of a five-game unbeaten run.

The club were busy in the January window with Chis Lines, Luke Norris, Jacob Bancroft and Joe Martin signed on permanent deals, whilst Matty Stevens, Jack Roles and veteran keeper David Stockdale all arrived on loan.

The Man in Charge

Their current manager is former player Alex Revell, who took the helm in February 2020 following the departure of Graham Westley.

The role is Revell's first as a manger after racking up almost 600 appearances in a playing career across a number of clubs, notably Rotherham United and Stevenage, where he finished his career.

Ones to Watch

Forward Elliott List leads the way in the scoring charts, hitting the target six times as well as adding two assists.

Danny Newton has four goals to his name, including a brace in the 3-0 win in midweek against Forest Green Rovers.

Terence Vancooten and Luther Wildin have been pivotal presences in a defence that has been the foundation of their revival, including three clean sheets on the spin.

History

Our next opponents were founded in 1976 as Stevenage Borough, following the demise as Stevenage Athletic.

They quickly rose through the non-league ranks and won the Conference title in 1995/96 but were denied promotion the Football League due to issues with their ground facilities.

They remained at the top level of non-league football for the next 14 seasons, holding Premier League side Newcastle United 1-1 in a memorable FA Cup 3rd round tie along the way, before finally earning promotion after the 2009/10 season.

A further promotion to League One was achieved in 2011/12 where they spent two seasons before dropping back to League Two.

Team News

Joe Cracknell and Mitch Roberts continue their recovery from long term injury but, while Connor Hall looks set to miss out following a minor hamstring injury sustained against Grimsby.

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