Excerpts from the Chairman's Programme Notes...
- On North Stand progress...
"Well, a lot happened in the past week! We came away from Grimsby with a well-earned three points with two goals from Kurtis and we started to see some visible progress on the new North Stand. I was here on Monday as they unloaded the steels and again on Tuesday as the first steels went up. I can’t tell you how pleased I am to see visible progress at last!
"I have never had to jump so many hurdles to get a project from the drawing board to reality and I will admit there were times when it seemed events, we had no prior knowledge of, had conspired to prevent us from building this stand.
"However, we have managed to provide a solution to every problem with the result that, at last, we can see a stand starting to emerge from the ground and see how it will impact the overall stadium, both from inside and outside."
- On Saturday's game...
"Today’s game could have been a play-off decider if we had managed to put a few more points on the board. It is not difficult to look back to Forest Green and see where six or so more points could have been won.
"As it is, we fell short but that doesn’t mean we are out of it – who knows what can happen if we win every game. Surprise results like Exeter’s on Tuesday night – and indeed our own result at home to Notts County – happen often at this stage of the season.
"If we had any nerves, they are gone now, and we can play with the freedom, pace and flair that I personally want to see from a Stevenage team at home. We want to finish the season well, not only with victories, but victories in the right way – providing excitement and entertainment to the people that pay to watch us.
"Our opponents are in the hunt and they need to win to stay in it. It should be a great game and I can’t wait for it to start."
Read the Chairman's full programme notes in Saturday's Stevenage v Carlisle United programme, available around the ground for just £3.