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Stevenage preview - A look at Saturday's trip to the Boro

27 January 2022

Match Previews

Stevenage preview - A look at Saturday's trip to the Boro

27 January 2022



After exiting the Papa John's Trophy in midweek, Town will look to rebound and make it back to back league wins after the impressive 3-0 win at home to Oldham last weekend.


Simon Weaver's side head back down south to face a Stevenage side who have seen results pick up since the turn of the year.

Our opponents

Stevenage come into the game in 19th place on 28 points and unbeaten in their last four outings, taking eight points in the process.

After a positive 2020/21 season, Stevenage parted company with Alex Revell in mid-November with the club sat just two points out of the relegation places.

Revell was replaced by Paul Tisdale, who has guided the side away from the relegation places since the turn of the year.

Stevenage have enjoyed greater success at home this season, taking 24 of their 28 points at The Lamex and have been defeated just three times in their 14 home fixtures.

Previous meetings

Earlier this season the two sides played out a goalless draw at The Envirovent Stadium, an identical outcome to the fixture the season before.

Last time out at The Lamex Stadium Stevenage earned a narrow 1-0 win courtesy of an Elliott List strike shortly after half-time.

The man in charge

Tisdale was appointed as manager at the end of November and is most known for his long spell in charge of Exeter City, who he guided from the National League to Football League before moving on to briefer spells in charge of MK Dons and Bristol Rovers.

Prior to hanging up his boots he played for a number of clubs including Southampton, Huddersfield, Bristol City, Exeter City and Yeovil Town.

Ones to watch

Elliot List leads the attack with eight goals so far this season, with fellow forward Luke Norris hitting the target six times including in each of the past three outings.

Defensively, both Terence Vancooten and Scott Cuthbert have logged significant minutes with Jake Taylor and Jake Reeves offering creativity in midfield.

In the January transfer window the club have brought in Ed Upson from Newport County and goalkeeper Laurie Walker from Tisdale's former side MK Dons as well as loanees Christy Pym, Michael Bostwick and Zain Westbrooke.

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 will again be without Ryan Fallowfield and Simon Power due to injury and will make a late check on Lewis Page after he was forced off in the defeat at Sutton.

There is positive news in the shape of the return of Jack Diamond who has recommenced his loan from parent club Sunderland.

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