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Big Match Preview: Boro v Stags

21 December 2018

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Jim Steele

Get the latest ahead of Saturday's festive fixture...

For information on ticketing, parking, opening times, matchday events and everything in-between, please take a read of our What’s On guide.

  • Onto the game…

After returning from Northampton with a well-earned point, Boro are eager to return home and gain maximum points ahead of the congested Christmas fixtures.

Dino Maamria and his squad find themselves in 11th place in the league table, but only two points outside of the play-off places. A win would see Stevenage level on points with Saturday’s opponents, who are still unbeaten away from home this campaign.

Currently on a 13 game run without defeat, the Stags are in sensational form. With just one sole loss in the league, it comes somewhat as a surprise to see Mansfield still way off the top by nine points.

The reason is 11 draws from 20 games, proving the Nottinghamshire side are the toughest of nuts to crack.

  • Team News...

After suffering a gashed up thigh at Northampton last week, Michael Timlin is Dino Maamria's main casualty going into Saturday's clash. Seny Dieng is avalable again after missing the previous game through illness.  

  • One to Watch...

  • Officials…

Referee – Dean Whitestone

Assistant Referee 1 – Isaac Searle

Assistant Referee 2 – Paul Graham

Fourth Official – Carl Fitch-Jackson

  • Form Guide...

  • View from the Camp...

“We are looking forward to it," Dino Maamria said. "This festive period has lots of football matches, lots of points up for grabs. We have got some good games coming up, home and away.

“In this league, anybody can beat anybody on any given day, so your focus is always on yourself. We have got to approach every game with the same mindset and do our bit to win the game.

“Mansfield are a big club, big budget and big spenders. They are one of the clubs in League Two that came in to buy Matty Godden from us, so that is how powerful they are financially, they came in to buy our best player last season.

“They have got some good players, a good front line. I think (David) Flitcroft inherited a very, very good squad from Steve Evans and they should have really got promoted last season.

"They didn't and i think they look to be up there this season but I think they have got their weakness' as well that we will try to attack on Saturday.”

Read/Watch the Manager's full pre-match press conference.

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  • Online Coverage…

Live match commentary will be available for UK iFollow subscribers so make sure you sign up to listen to every game. If you are based outside of the UK & Ireland, you can stream the game LIVE! 

Make sure you are following our Twitter account throughout the day as we bring you the very latest from the Lamex Stadium.

iFollow subscribers will also be able to access full match highlights along with all the post-match reaction on Sunday.


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Match Reports

REPORT: Stevenage 1-3 Mansfield

22 December 2018

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Jim Steele

Stevenage fell to defeat at home to Mansfield in the final game before Christmas as the title-contending Stags extended their unbeaten run to 14 games....

After grabbing the lead just before half-time through Danny Newton, it was Mansfield who scored the all-important goals in a competitive second half that could have gone either way.

Dino Maamria named three changes to the side that picked up a point at Northampton seven days earlier. Newton, Ball and Academy graduate Arthur Iontton in for Revell, Timlin and Guthrie.

It was the Stags that got off to the stronger of starts and they should have been ahead after just a few minutes. Former Boro loanee Tyler Walker forcing a goal-line clearance from Scott Cuthbert as Stevenage took a little time to get acclimatised to the pace of the contest.

Before long the game began to settle down though and Stevenage were able to make some inroads themselves. Newton came inches away from stabbing the ball goal-wards from just a few yards out after dynamic play from Hunt, racing onto a through ball down the left-hand side before cutting in and curling goalwards.

As the Mansfield ball swung into the Stevenage box on 25 minutes, a miss-kick from Walker almost gifted a gilt-edged opportunity for Bishop at the back-post, but the central midfielder couldn’t sort his feel out in-time and the chance went begging.

The Stags were building up the pressure and starting his second game in a row, Farman was at his best to prevent Walker from finding the opener on 35 minutes. After racing onto a poor pass-back, Walker rode the challenge of Henry but Farman was out quick to spread himself, denying the striker any space to shoot past.

There was no question who the Mansfield danger-man was throughout the first half and right before the whistle, a quick turn and shot inside the box – which was heading for the net - from Walker deflected off Seddon and out for a corner.

Walker and the Stags were to rue those missed chances as Newton struck right on the stroke of half-time, latching onto a cross inside the box to make it 1-0 to Stevenage.

Coming out from the break, Mansfield were clearly eager to get back onto level terms and that is exactly what they did within 10 minutes of the restart. Sweeney, quickest to react to a loose ball following an in-swinging corner, smashing the ball home from just a few yards out.

Revell, who came on at half-time for Ball, could have immediately restored Stevenage’s lead but his connection with a left-footed shot following a clever pull-back from Hunt was lacking.

Rather than hide, Stevenage would up the ante for the remainder of the half, pushing the Stags back and looking to attack. Newton crashed an effort off the crossbar with 15 minutes remaining, fooling the Mansfield defence with a clever run off a corner but the strike was just a few inches too high.

Having threatened to do so all game, Walker finally found the net just a couple of minutes later though, lashing the ball home from 6 yards out as Stevenage failed to clear their lines. It was a cruel time to concede for Maamria’s men as they were enjoying their best spell of the match.

It was soon game over as Walker grabbed his second, another simple finish after Farman parried his initial effort back into the strikers path.

A second straight home defeat for Stevenage against title-chasing opposition, once again Boro just falling the wrong side of fine margins.


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Don't miss our Christmas Cracker on Saturday for Boro v Stags

18 December 2018

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Stevenage return home for a Christmas Cracker on Saturday 22nd December 2018 for a festive fixture with a bang as the high-flying Stags come to town...

The Lamex Stadium has proved to hold one of the best home advantages in the division, thanks in-part to both our loyal supporters off the pitch and terrific team on it.

Tickets in the famous East Terrace cost just £15 for Adults and Concessions, whilst it costs just £10 for U18s and £5 for U12s.

Prefer to sit? No problem - the West Stand is the most comfortable place to watch the game and is our dedicated Family Stand where packages are available in Blocks A & B at reduced prices.

With the game falling just days before Christmas, we have a whole host of festive themed activities and offerings off-the-pitch...

  • Make sure to bring your little ones to the Kids' Zone where we will have GUARANTEED SNOW, Gingerbread Men and Mince Pies on offer along with all the usual pre-match entertainment.
  • Our Boro Busker for the game will come in the form of NCC Strong Nation, a local church that will have members singing feel-good Christmas songs outside the Ticket Office up until kick-off.
  • Winners' Hour in the Broadhall Suite returns from midday on Saturday, meaning that all pints of Carlsberg are £2 before the game, reduced to £1 after should the lads pick up all three points.
  • PLUS - for Saturday's fixture only - glasses of mulled wine will be available for just £1 before and after the game.
  • Finally, please don't forget to bring some tins of food to the stadium as we collect for Stevenage Community Foodbank. Click here for more information.

It doesn't matter whether you buy your tickets for the game in-advance or on the day, our prices remain the same.

  Adults: Concessions: Under 18s: Under 12s: Family of 3 (1 Adult & 2 U12s) Family of 4 (2 Adults & 2 U12s)
East: £15 £15 £10 £5 N/A N/A
West: £22 £20 £15 £10 £30 £45
South: £22 £20 £15 £10 N/A N/A

Order your tickets from either, over the phone on 01438 223223 or by visiting the club shop and get behind the boys as we strive for success once again.


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