Stevenage travel to Devon to face Gary Caldwell’s Exeter City in the Second Round of this season’s Carabao Cup…
In the first round of the competition, Boro welcomed Championship side Watford to The Lamex before causing a cup upset through a penalty shootout. They now look ahead to a long journey south-west to meet up with fellow League One side Exeter City. Steve Evans’ first game in charge for Stevenage was away to Exeter back in March 2022 and only Terence Vancooten and Elliott List remain from the starting eleven that day.
On Saturday, Boro picked up a hard-earned point against promotion hopefuls, Portsmouth. Stevenage had plenty of chances throughout the game, but it remained goalless, and Evans’ men earned their third clean sheet of the season. The side now sit fifth in the table after five games.
Exeter City have had a positive start to their Sky Bet League One campaign, winning three of their first five fixtures, conceding just two goals in the process. On the weekend, they continued their impressive form with a 2-1 win as substitute Reece Cole netted the winner in injury time.
In the first round of The Carabao Cup, The Grecians hosted League two side Crawley Town. Second half goals from Kyle Taylor and James Scott ensured a 2-1 victory to set up a tie with Steve Evans’ men.
Exeter’s Jack Aitchison could appear against his former side tonight with the forward making twenty-seven appearances for Borod uring the 2020/21 campaign. Similarly, Stevenage’s Jamie Reid will be making a return to St James’ Park, where he worked his way up through the academy ranks before earning a professional contract.
Exeter City have played their home games at St James Park since it opened in 1904, three years after the club’s formation. The ground’s current capacity is 8,219, with a record attendance of 20,984 being set in 1931 when Exeter hosted Sunderland in the FA Cup. The St James Park railway station is located right next to the stadium.
Andrew Kitchen has been appointed Match Referee for tonight’s fixture with Ian Cooper and Andrew Fox as his Assistants. Kitchen’s last Boro match was their final game of the 22/23 League Two campaign as they defeated Barrow to end the thrilling season.
Match tickets for tonight's game are available on the door at St James' Park.
Supporters can listen to tonight's game live on iFollow, with an Audio Match Pass for just £2.50.