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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Stevenage host Oxford United in first game of Checkatrade Trophy

29 August 2017

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The U’s visit the Lamex for first game of the cup campaign…

Key Matchday Info...

  • Tickets will be available from the club shop up until kick-off, and on the turnstiles for both home and away fans.
  • Only West and South Stands will be open tonight.
  • The Club Shop & Ticket Office are open from midday today.
  • The Broadhall Suite will be open to both sets of supporters from 6pm. Food and drink will be available up until 7.45pm.
  • Free parking is available across the A602 in Fairlands Valley car park. Please note not to park in the nearby retail parks.
  • The Arriva Shuttle Bus service will NOT be running tonight - back for Lincoln on September 9th. 

Onto the game…

Eight points from four games means this has been Stevenage’s joint best start to a season in the Football League. Still undefeated in the league, the only defeat coming in a League Cup loss away at Millwall. 

Last time out, and result of the season so far, Stevenage picked up three points away at local rivals Barnet. A Tom Pett strike was enough for the visitors to seal the win, playing the majority of the game with ten men after Dale Gorman’s dismissal. 

Oxford United have seven points after four games, thanks to wins away at Oldham and at home to Portsmouth. Defeat at Scunthorpe and a draw at home to Shrewsbury on Saturday, means Pep Clotet’s side sit just one place outside the playoffs.  

Team news…

Luke Wilkinson is a doubt for the game tonight after he suffered from cramp vs Barnet, due to his illness in the week. Jack King has been training the last few days, and is still working on his recovery from a groin strain. 

Previous meetings...

Stevenage and Oxford United have only met six times in the league, the last time coming two seasons ago before Oxford’s promotion to League One. After a 5-1 home defeat to the U’s in 2015, Stevenage went to the Kassam Stadium in the reverse fixture and battled out a 1-1 draw, seen as the catalyst of survival that season. 

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Live match commentary will be available for this game so make sure you subscribe to the new Stevenage iFollow service. Please note, overseas streaming is not available for tonight's game.

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UP NEXT: Spurs’ first International Cup game of the season vs West Ham United, here at the Lamex on Thursday 31st August. Ticket prices are £5 Adults, £2 Concessions (Over 60s & U16s) and are available both in-advance and on the turnstiles. Kick-off is at 7pm. 

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REPORT: Boro fall to heavy defeat in first Checkatrade Trophy game

29 August 2017

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Oxford impress against a young Boro side..

Stevenage suffered a 6-2 home defeat in their first game of the Checkatrade Trophy. A goal from Harry Beautyman put us in the lead, before Alex Samuel netted when it was too little too late. 

Darren Sarll named a much changed starting XI to the team that won on Saturday. International call ups for Ben Kennedy and Dale Gorman meant they were unavailable for selection, whilst Terence Vancooten and Kevin Toner made their first starts for the club. 

Jack King was made captain on his return to the starting lineup, while Tom Conlon and Chris Day both started for the first time this season as well. 

The first real chance of the game came in the 15th minute, and it was a golden one. Brilliant play by Alex Samuel down the right wing saw him beat his man, before drilling a ball across the six yard box. Harry Beautyman was on the end of it but saw his effort sail just wide. 

A good start to the game, similar to at Barnet, and Stevenage’s efforts paid off. A Tom Pett corner caused trouble for Simon Eastwood in goal, punching only as far as a well-placed Harry Beautyman. The ball fell to the midfielder on the penalty spot, and rifled home into the top corner. 

The visitors then brought themselves level on the half hour. The well experienced James Henry was allowed to cut inside onto his right foot, before firing into the bottom left corner from just outside box.

The U’s were then in front just before halftime. Jack Payne hassled the ball away from Kevin Toner, before playing the ball through to Rob Hall. Oxford’s number seven then raced down the right, slotting the ball past Chris Day. 

Just after halftime, the visitors then doubled their advantage. Ex-Spurs youngster Jonathan Obika was given the space to turn on the edge of the area, before curling a finessed shot into the bottom left corner.

Almost instantly, Oxford were then 4-1 up. Rob Hall found the top corner from 25 yards out with his left foot. All of a sudden, Stevenage had a mountain to climb. 

Oxford weren't stopping there. Joe Rothwell wriggled past a couple of defenders in the box before smashing it in at the near post. Three goals in five minutes for the away team. 

Jack Payne made it 6-1 with half an hour to go. 

With 10 minutes to go, Alex Samuel scored a consolation goal for the home side. Pouncing on a defender’s mistake, the Welshman made it 6-2 with a rifling effort, beating the goalkeeper at the near post. 

A disappointing result against a strong side meant Stevenage would now have to pick up points at MK Dons and at home to Brighton for any chance of progressing. 

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Starting XI: Day, Vancooten, King (Wilkinson 45), Toner, Martin, Samuel, Pett, Smith (Ferry 45), Conlon, Beautyman, Godden (Gray 64).

 

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NEXT UP: Oxford United in Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday night

27 August 2017

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Value prices for some Tuesday Night Football...

Stevenage FC kick-off their Checkatrade Trophy campaign on Tuesday (29th August 2017, 7:45pm) at home to Oxford United.

Tickets are available from both the club shop and online, along with on the turnstiles on the night of the game.

Please note that only the West and South stands will be open for this fixture.

Stevenage v Oxford United
Tuesday 29th August, 7.45pm
The Lamex
  • Adults: £10
  • U21: £5
  • U12: £3

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Future Checkatrade Trophy Group Stage fixtures:

MK Dons v Stevenage
Tuesday 3rd October, 7.45pm
The Lamex
  • Adults: £5
  • U18: £1
  • U12: Free
Stevenage vs Brighton & Hove Albion U23s:
Tuesday 7th November, 7.45pm
The Lamex
  • Adults: £10
  • U21: £5
  • U12: £3

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