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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 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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