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PREVIEW - We Look Ahead to Saturday's Return to The EnviroVent

23 September 2021

Match Previews

PREVIEW - We Look Ahead to Saturday's Return to The EnviroVent

23 September 2021

Simon Weaver and his Town side earned a valuable point on the road at Crawley in midweek and will be looking to follow that up with another positive performance against Stevenage at The EnviroVent Stadium.

The 2-2 draw in West Sussex sees Town into the game on 15 points and riding high in third place.

Our opponents

Stevenage travel up to North Yorkshire sitting in 21st position in League Two, with two wins and eight points from their eight games so far.

They are winless in six though, having won their opening two games and were defeated 4-0 at home by league leaders Forest Green a week ago.

Following a mid-table finish last time around the club brought in a number of new faces in the summer, notably striker Jamie Reid, Bruno Andrade, Jake Taylor, Arthur Read, Jake Reeves and loanee Joseph Anang.

Last season

In the corresponding fixture last season the two sides played out an uneventful goalless draw at The Envirovent Stadium in late October with Stevenage then taking all three points at The Lamex Stadium thanks to an Elliott List strike shortly after half-time.

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 with the club only avoiding relegation to the National League as a result of the points deduction handed down to Macclesfield Town.

However, in his first full season in charge Revell guided the club to an impressive 14h placed finish on the back of a defence that conceded at less than a goal a game.

Revell made almost 600 league appearances in a playing career that spanned a dozen lower league clubs, most notably for Rotherham United and finished his career with over 50 games for Stevenage.

Ones to watch

The solidity of last season was built on a strong defence with the likes of Luke Prosser, Ben Coker and Terence Vancooten integral parts, however in 2021/22 they have conceded 13 times so far, allowing almost 14 shots per game.

In attack the club brought in Andrade at the end of the window to provide creativity alongside List, whilst Reid was added to provide goals alongside Luke Norris, who is the clubs top scorer with two goals so far.

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

Town welcome back Jack Diamond who is again available after serving a one-game suspension following his red card at Port Vale.

There will be late checks on both Lewis Page and Alex Pattison, who both missed the draw at Crawley through injury, though there were no new injury concerns from Tuesday night's trip.

Tickets

Tickets are on sale at our advance reduced rate all week in our Commercial Street Store, Harrogate and online up until kick-off via the below link.

BUY TICKETS

Tickets will also be on sale from the ticket office window at The EnviroVent Stadium from 9am - 11am on Saturday 25th September.

There will be no sales on the gate on the day of the game.

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