Steve Evans’ Boro return to The Lamex Stadium tonight for the rearranged Sky Bet League Two fixture with Sutton United…
Stevenage look to continue their impressive home form, having won their last ten competitive fixtures at The Lamex Stadium. The side sit third in Sky Bet League Two, just three points away from Leyton Orient in first.
On Saturday, Boro picked up a 2-1 victory away to Crawley Town through yet another late winner, this time thanks to a Luke Norris penalty.
Sutton United are currently enjoying their second ever season in the Football League after threatening the play off places last campaign. The Yellows won twenty-two from forty-six games last season, finishing just one point outside the play offs. This season hasn’t quite met 2021/22 standards as Matt Gray’s side sit 14th after picking up four victories from eleven league games.
Sutton are still in search for their first away win of the season, despite possessing a 66.6%-win rate at home in the league. Away from home, The Yellows have scored three goals in five games and conceded seven.
Matt Gray took over as Sutton boss in 2019 on an interim basis, but was handed the permanent job just over a week later. In his second season in charge, Gray led his side to National League promotion for the first time in the club’s history. This led to Gray being named as National League Manager of the Year for the 2020/21 campaign.
Boro have met tonight’s opponents on eleven occasions in the past, with the first meeting dating back to December 1984. The sides met five times in the early nineties in non-league competition and again in the 1999-00 Conference campaign.
After two decades, Boro would encounter Sutton once again, but this time in Sky Bet League Two. Despite meeting three times last season, including one Papa John’s Trophy tie, Stevenage failed to beat Matt Gray’s side. The most recent match between the sides ended 3-3 at The Lamex, with Jamie Reid netting a brace and Luke Norris getting his name on the scoresheet.
Ollie Yates has been appointed Match Referee for this fixture with Daniel Bonneywell and Andy Bennett as his Assistants and Kevin Howick as Fourth Official. Yates has dished out forty seven yellow cards in ten matches so far this campaign.