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Big Match Preview: Stevenage v Chesterfield

22 December 2017

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Let's get Christmas underway with three points...

  • Key Matchday Info...

Tickets are available at advance prices until midnight on Friday at or 5pm on Friday from the club shop.

Matchday tickets are also available from the turnstiles or Ticket Office for both Stevenage and Chesterfield supporters.

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

Spireites - take a look at our Away Fans section of the website ahead of tomorrow's game.

Saturday's game is our Bring a Friend fixture where Season Ticket Holders are encouraged to bring along a family member, friend or colleague free of charge! Info here.

Look out for our new Astute Family Challenge at half-time… All the details here.

Continue your player sticker collection this weekend with two stickers supplied with every matchday programme. Make sure you buy a copy of our Sticker Poster too, which has the sticker poster included.

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. See festive opening times here.

Copies of Free-Kick! will be available to pick up from the Broadhall Suite or Club Shop ahead of the game. Alternatively, download your copy here.

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…

Stevenage’s run of league games without a win stretched to 8 games after last Saturday’s disappointing trip to Exeter. Despite the poor form, comfort can be taken from our recent record at home - unbeaten in the last five games at the Lamex across all comps, with 3 wins and 2 draws.

Nevertheless, the need for a Sky Bet League Two victory is obvious and a strong end to 2017 would go a long way in repairing some of the damage and lifting everybody's spirits.

Chesterfield are enjoying a resurgence under new gaffer and club legend, Jack Lester.

Prior to his appointment, the Spireites had only picked up 5 points from their opening 10 games. Since becoming boss, Lester has seen them pick up 15 points from 12 games.

Despite that, due to the nature of their start, it hasn’t been enough to lift them out of the relegation zone as they sit level on points with Forest Green and Barnet.

  • Team news…

Darren Sarll has no new injury worries ahead of tomorrow’s game with all the lads making it through last Saturday’s game without concern.

After making his first appearance since his operation in early November, Ben Kennedy could be in contention for a place back in the starting XI.

  • View from the camp...

Stevenage boss, Darren Sarll…

“It’s not been good enough. No-one pretends, no-one hides from that and we have to resolve and we have to resolve it pretty quickly.

“The players are as desperate as anyone would ever be to try and holt that and we have a real terrific chance to try and remedy the situation.

“You can’t just walk around like a bear with a sore head, being negative and grumpy. I don’t think I want to live my life like that and I don’t really want to be that person.

“The players are told, shown and then we have to move on to the next project which is Chesterfield."

Chesterfield boss, Jack Lester…

“Sam Hird hasn’t trained today (Thursday), he’s got a tight hamstring, while Robbie Weir has tonsillitis. There’s a couple of things going on that we could do without.

“What you normally do is go into these games with a 24-man squad, though we haven’t got that. What we will do is pick a side that will be good enough to win the game.

“They’re a good side, we’ve seen a couple of their games and they’re probably not quite as direct as Wycombe as in having that outlet of a front man, but there’s one two areas that we think we can hurt them so we’ll be looking at that.”  

  • Previous meetings...

Saturday’s match will be only the fifth meeting between the two sides, with Stevenage yet to record a win.

Across the four games, there have been three draws including on our last meeting, back in 2012 when Scott Laird and Craig Reid found the net in a 2-2 draw.

  • 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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