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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Stevenage v Accrington

17 October 2017

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Back the boys tonight at home..

  • Key Matchday Info...

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

Accrington fans - take a look at our Away Fans section of the website ahead of tonight's game.

Tickets are available at matchday prices from the turnstiles or Ticket Office for both Stevenage and Accrington supporters.

The Broadhall Suite will only be open to both home and away fans from 6pm.

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

Due to the Circus being in town, please note that there is RESTRICTED free parking available in Fairlands Valley car park

There will be NO parking at Fairlands for Saturday's game v Forest Green. Supporters should not 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 18:24, 18:54, 19:24 before the game and then at 21:40 and 22:05 after the final whistle from the bus stop outside the North Stand.

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

  • Onto the game…

After Saturday's humiliating defeat at Luton Town, the task for Darren Sarll's men is simple - restore pride in the team and bounce back with a positive performance/result tonight.

Perspective must be kept though and despite the loss, Stevenage still have it all to play for as they sit in ninth place, just three points away from the play-off places. 

Accrington meanwhile are enjoying a superb start to the season and are in fourth place, five points ahead of Boro.

Eight wins, two draws and just three defeats show the type of form that saw them reach the Sky Bet League Two Play-Offs two seasons ago.

Frontman Billy Kee has been their star in-front of goal, scoring seven so far this season.

  • Team news…

There are no fresh injury fears from Saturday's game but it wouldn't be a surprise to see a few changes made to the side.

Darren Sarll may wish to bring Jack King and Mark McKee back into the action early, after originally saying Saturday would be their projected return date.

  • View from both camps...

Stevenage boss, Darren Sarl…

“We have to work with what’s inside and if they have got anything about them they will come out and give the biggest punch and swing.

“We play a really good side on Tuesday by the way. When I was researching this game and watched Accrington v Luton, I thought Accrington were the better side for large parts of the game."

Accrington boss, John Coleman...

“I do expect a reaction. We are possibly playing them at the wrong time but we can’t judge them on one game, we will judge them over the season so far.

“They have had some good results and are high up in the table – they got a soft penalty given against them against Luton and sometimes these things go for you or against you.

“I am sure they won’t get too downbeat about it and they want to make a statement against us and that will make it a trickier game.

“There are no dummies in this league, there are lots of strong sides and everyone is capable of having an off-day.

“The teams that have the least off-days are the ones who get promoted. All teams have their own problems they can cause.”

  • Previous meetings...

Stevenage have the edge over Accrington across all our fixtures - 7 wins, 5 draws and 4 defeats between the two sides.

Our last meeting turned out to be a huge disapointment as a 3-0 home defeat in the final game of last season all but ended Boro's play-off hopes.

  • Can’t make it to The Lamex?

Live match commentary will be available for this game so make sure you subscribe to the new Stevenage iFollow service. If you are based outside of the UK & Ireland, you can stream the game LIVE! 

iFollow subscribers will also be able to access full match highlights along with all the post-match reaction.

Always stay locked into our Twitter feed on a matchday - it is the #1 place for all the latest from the Lamex.

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REPORT: Stevenage 3-2 Accrington Stanley

17 October 2017

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A huge comeback win...

Stevenage twice fought back from a goal down to claim all three points at home to Accrington as Matty Godden and Ben Kennedy helped rescue the game in the second half.

After going into the second half 1-0 down, Stevenage showed bags of character to turn the game around and pick up a crucial three points after Saturday’s disappointment.

Darren Sarll named two changes from the side that got beat at Luton – bringing in Vancooten for Wilkinson and Wootton for Newton.

The opening fifteen minutes saw little in the way of clear cut chances – Sean McConville having the best of them as he saw his errand shot fly wide of the goal.

McConville tested Fryer not long after as he let fly from distance, the keeper doing well to get back onto the ball after briefly spilling it due to the wet surface.

Soon though it was 1-0 to the visitors - Jordan Clark putting the finishing touch onto a well worked team goal, firing into the bottom corner from a narrow angle.

The first real half chance of note for Stevenage came a few minutes later as Pett almost picked out Godden from a couple of yards out.

That moment seemed to spark Boro into life as they went onto have the better of things until the break. A few nearly moments followed as Godden, Kennedy and Pett tried to get things going in attack but that final ball, shot or decision just wasn’t quite there.

Hearts were in mouths with five minutes until the half - Billy Kee found over the top of the defence but his shot was high and wide with the on-rushing Fryer quick to close down the angle. A disappointing first half and a big reaction needed.

Boro were slow to get out the traps. Shortly after the restart, Clark got in down the right after a quick free-kick, thankfully Smith was on hand to clear the ball away from danger.

Pett made Chapman work after picking up a pocket of space outside the area, his left foot shot dealt with by the Stanley stopper.

Stevenage began to get it going and upped the pressure on the visiting defence. Godden saw a speculative shot fly not far wide of the scrambling Chapman and much to the pleasure of the fans in the East Terrace, Danny Newton’s name was called on 58 minutes as Wootton made way for the striker.

Boro finally found the breakthrough on the hour as Matty Godden tucked away a trademark finish to bring a mixture of relief and joy around the Lamex Stadium.

It was to be short-lived though. Just minutes later Accrington were awarded a penalty after some clumsy defending inside the box. Kee converted, just managing to squeeze under Fryer.

The immediate set-back came as a huge blow having just got back into the contest but Boro kept plugging away, searching for a second equaliser.

Just as it seemed like the game might have been out of reach, that man Godden was at it again. A superb flicked header to bring it back to 2-2 with less than ten minutes to go.

The goal energised the stadium and the players as they pushed for a winner. With less than two minutes to go, they got it.

A quick counter up the pitch with Danny Newton who fed Kennedy on the right wing, the Northern Irishman coming up big when it mattered most, striking the ball into the bottom far corner to send the Lamex into raptures as the comeback was complete. 

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Don't miss our home double header next week

15 October 2017

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Get behind the Super Boro...

With our last game at the Lamex Stadium coming back in September, it is about time we returned home.

Darren Sarll's side have amends to make after Saturday's damaging result at Luton but with two games at home coming up in quick succession, it is the perfect opportunity to bounce back.

Don’t miss either of next week's home clashes as we welcome both Accrington and Forest Green Rovers.

Having got off to a good start this season overall, it is vital we defend our ground and your support goes a long way in helping us to do that.

Spread the word and bring along your friends, family or colleagues and get behind the boys next week. 

  • Stevenage v Accrington Stanley
  • Tuesday 17th October
  • 7:45pm kick-off
  • Stevenage v Forest Green Rovers
  • Saturday 20th October
  • 3pm kick-off

Save money by purchasing your tickets in-advance from either borotickets.co.uk, 01438 223223 or inside the club shop.

Prices range from £3 for kids to £17 for adults in the terrace.

Matchday tickets will also be available on the day from all turnstile entrances.

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