Stevenage Football Club welcome Robbie Stockdale’s Rochdale to The Lamex on Good Friday for an important Sky Bet League Two encounter...
Steve Evans’ men look to build on their highly promising performance in Colchester after coming away with a 2-0 victory through goals from Jake Taylor and Luke Norris. The latter will be serving a one match ban on Friday for receiving two yellow cards in Essex.
Rochdale come into this fixture on decent form after winning two of their last three games. Three points for Stevenage would be vital at this stage of the season and would increase the club’s chances of Football League survival.
Founded in 1907, Rochdale have consistently competed in The Football League for just over a century. The club have been promoted from the Fourth tier three times in their history as well as finishing runners up in the Third tier twice. The Dale also finished runners up in the League Cup in 1962, falling short to Norwich City.
Last season, Rochdale finished twenty first in Sky Bet League One and were relegated to the fourth tier of English football. Their first campaign back in Sky Bet League Two has been extremely lacklustre as the club find themselves 16th in the table. After 41 games, The Dale have won just ten, drawn seventeen and lost fourteen. Their top scorer so far this campaign is Jake Beesley, who departed for Blackpool in January, with twelve goals in all competitions.
Boro and The Dale have met just four times in the past with Stevenage boasting a 50%-win rate. The first encounter between the clubs was in the 2004/05 campaign as Rochdale won 2-0 in the FA Cup second round. Then, roughly seven years later, the sides met in Sky Bet League One where Boro would win 4-2 at The Lamex then 5-1 in Greater Manchester. This season’s reverse fixture ended 2-2 thanks to an Elliott List brace.
- Referee - Robert Lewis
- Assistant Referee 1 - Damith Bandara
- Assistant Referee 2 - Anthony Da Costa
- Fourth Official - Paul Kelly
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