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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Stevenage v Nantwich

3 November 2017

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FA Cup First Round...

  • Key Matchday Info...

Check out our First Time Guide, aimed at providing all the vital information for first time home AND away supporters.

Nantwich fans - please take a look at our Away Fans section of the website.

Tickets are available at cheaper, advance prices until midnight on Friday at borotickets.co.uk or 5pm from the club shop.

Matchday tickets are available from the turnstiles or Ticket Office for both Stevenage and Nantwich supporters. All ticket details can be found here.

Season Ticket Holders - please remember that your Season Ticket is NOT valid for this fixture. All supporters will need to purchase a ticket to attend.

The Broadhall Suite will only be open to both home and away fans from midday.

The Club Shop & Ticket Office are open from midday through until kick-off.

Free parking is available across the A602 in Fairlands Valley car park. Please note not to park in the nearby retail parks.

Get to the game with our Arriva Shuttle Bus service which runs from the Bus and Railway Station to The Lamex Stadium for just £1.50 return.

The bus leaves the stations at 12:54, 13:19, 13:44, 14:09 & 14:34 before the game and then at 16:40, 17:00, 17:20 & 17:45 from the stadium.

Any questions or queries? Please let us know and don't hesitate to ask.

  • Onto the game…

Having only reached the Second Round once in the last three seasons, a strong FA Cup run would be very much welcome this year for Darren Sarll and his players.

Disappointing First Round knockouts to Port Vale last season and Maidstone three years ago sandwiched a Second Round exit to the hands of Yeovil in 15/16.

The year prior, Boro reached the Fourth Round as victories over Portsmouth, Stourbridge and Doncaster set up a blockbuster tie at home to Everton where the Premier League outfit came out 4-0 winners.

With a poor month of results now in the books, Stevenage will be looking to kick-start their season again on Saturday ahead of a tough month of fixtures.

For Nantwich, tomorrow’s game will only be their second ever First Round game, the first coming back in 2010 when they lost 6-0 at MK Dons.

The Dabbers have already seen off City of Liverpool, Shepshed Dynamo, Nuneaton Town and Kettering Town to reach this stage, a magnificent achievement for the seventh tier side.

  • Team news…

The big news heading into the game is that Ben Kennedy has been ruled out for up to six weeks after a successful knee operation earlier this week.

Jonathan Smith is available again after serving his one match suspension last weekend whilst Kevin Toner is now suspended for three games following his red card at Yeovil.

Striker Matty Godden should be fit and ready to go after missing out last weekend.

  • View from both camps...

Stevenage boss, Darren Sarll…

“Logically we are the favourites of course. The FA Cup always makes people play 20% better. If you play a team in the lower division, you can watch them as much as you like and if you add 20%, that is what they will be.

“We are respectful of their qualities and analytical of their weakness.

“Because I was an amateur and non-league player myself, it isn’t too hard to give a view of that player to our players now.

Nantwich defender, Troy Bourne...

“It means a lot to me to be playing in such a big competition in England and it feels great that we’ve been able to accomplish something like reaching the First Round of the FA Cup for the second time in Nantwich’s history.

“The feeling in the dressing room has been very mixed really with some of the results we’ve had and aren’t happy with, but we’ve always got to look forward and be excited for the days ahead.”

  • Can’t make it to The Lamex?

Live match commentary will be NOT available for this game so the best way to keep up-to-date with all the goings on is to stay locked into our Twitter feed. It is the #1 place for all the latest from the Lamex before, during and after the game.

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REPORT: Stevenage 5-0 Nantwich

4 November 2017

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Comfortable cup win for Darren Sarll's men...

Stevenage booked their place in the Second Round of the FA Cup on Saturday as a strong showing at home to Nantwich saw the boys come out 5-0 winners.

After a rather tight first half with the score at 1-0, Stevenage pulled away in the second as a double from Jonathan Smith and a hat-trick from Matty Godden secured the win.

Darren Sarll named four changes from last Saturday’s defeat at Yeovil. In came Beautyman, Wilkinson, Smith and Godden for Gorman, Franks, Vancooten and Wootton.

The non-league visitors got off to a decent start and looked comfortable during the opening 15 minutes. Sean Cooke with the first chance of the game but his shot from the edge of the box was dragged just wide.

It took a little while for Boro to settle but once they did, they found a route to goal.

Matty Godden on-hand to flick in Martin’s free-kick to make it 1-0 and dispel any early nerves that might have been bubbling under the Stevenage surface.

Boro went on to dominate proceedings but that wasn’t to say that Nantwich were out of it. Far from it, in fact. Star man, Sean Cooke saw another effort whistle past the post on 25 minutes and moments later, Clayton got onto the end of a flowing team move but saw his near-post shot beaten away by the alert Fryer.

Once that brief rally from Nantwich was over, Stevenage got back in control and should have increased their lead before the break.

Godden almost doubled his tally after half an hour but his long range shot landed the wrong side of the post. He again came close off a corner after Wilkinson played the ball back across goal, and Wilkinson himself could barely believe he didn’t turn in Martin’s cross just before the half-time whistle as Stevenage ended the half strong.

Early in the second half, Nantwich failed to capitalise on a poor back-pass by King that almost set Morgan on goal – his loose control in the end seeing the chance go missing.

Straight down the other end, Godden saw his back-post cushioned volley stopped on the line – Nantwich very much remaining in the game with the score only 1-0.

With 60 minutes gone the Dabbers had their best chance of the game. Cooke getting onto the end of a brilliant delivery but Beautyman doing just enough to put him off and send the chance over.

Desperate to put the game to bed, Stevenage continued to throw everything at the Nantwich goal - Newton couldn’t quite pick out Whelpdale at the back-post before Beautyman’s volley went flying over from close range.

Thankfully it didn’t take too much longer before it was all wrapped up. Jonathan Smith at the double within a matter of minutes, both goals coming from corners as he at first smashed in from close range before steering a fine header into the roof of the net.

Godden got his second and the team’s fourth with 15 minutes to go, latching onto the end of Martin’s fourth assist of the day before firing into the bottom corner.

It was clear that as the game wore on, Nantwich struggled to cope with the fitness and physicality of the men in red and white but it was a valiant effort from the seventh tier side nevertheless.

With just minutes to go in the game, Godden got his hat-trick after flicking in Gorman's half-volley from just a few yards out.

Job done for Darren Sarll's men who await the draw for the Second Round on Monday evening.

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Ticket News

FA Cup First Round at the Lamex this Saturday

1 November 2017

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The journey begins...

Tickets are now on sale for Stevenage's FA Cup First Round tie v Nantwich on Saturday 4th November (3pm kick-off).

Boro begin their FA Cup campaign at the Lamex Stadium and face The Dabbers side after their Fourth Qualifying round replay over Kettering.

Supporters are encouraged to purchase in-advance and save up to £4 on each ticket price.

Tickets can be purchased either online, calling us on 01438 223223 or in person at the Club Shop.

Ticket info:

West/South (Away) Stand – Seating

Advance:

Matchday:

East/North Terrace - Standing

Advance:

Matchday:

Adult:

£18

£22

Adult:

£16

£20

Concession:

£16

£20

Concession:

£15

£18

16-21:

£10

£12

16-21:

£10

£12

Under 16:

£8

£10

Under 16:

£5

£8

Under 12:

£5

£8

Under 12:

£3

£6

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