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Big Match Preview: Boro v Red Devils

11 January 2019

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Football returns to The Lamex Stadium...

  • Key Matchday Info…

For the latest information on Ticketing, Parking, Opening Times, Matchday Events and everything, please take a read of our What's On guide.

  • Onto the game...

With the way recent results are going, Stevenage are due a win on Saturday. Since the Mansfield home game before Christmas, Boro have taken it in turns with the opposition to pick up all three points.

The last five games has seen a L-W-L-W-L record develop so defeat last weekend to Cambridge United should mean for a bouce-back victory on Saturday.

Stevenage currently sit comfortably in midtable, five points from the play-offs. With the top seven still in sight, Dino Maamria’s men will have to iron out their inconsistencies to progress their way up the table.

Crawley come into Saturday’s fixture following back-to-back home wins against Colchester and Cheltenham. Parallel to Stevenage, the Red Devils’ last defeat came away at Cambridge United, and will hope to avoid a similar fate.

Without an away win in the league since September, Gabriele Cioffi and his team will hope to quickly arrest their road woes if they are to have any chance of challenging this season.

  • One to Watch...

After returning from a five-match suspension, Ollie Palmer was back in the side and back in the goals on Saturday. The forward's first half penalty was enough to earn Crawley three points againt Cheltenham on at the weekend.

Palmer will look for a repeat personal performance from the reverse fixture, where he equalised at the Checkatrade Stadium before a Revell double saw Boro bag the win. 

  • Officials...

Referee - Thomas Bramall

Assistant Referee 1 - Andrew Hendley

Assistant Referee 2 - Matthew Lee

Fourth Official - Paul Kelly

  • Form Guide...

The two sides have had similar results in their last six, with three defeats, two wins and a singular draw. The difference, however, is the pattern of the results.

Whilst Stevenage have gained points in every other game since the start of December, Crawley seem to be picking up form just at the right moment ahead of Saturday's game. 

  • View from the Camp...
  • Previous meetings...

Stevenage boast a solid record versus Crawley Town, winning just under half of all games played. The most recent encounter will live in Boro fans' memory for a while, after a last minute Alex Revell double snatched the win in-front of the travelling Stevenage contingent.

  • 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 2-1 Crawley

12 January 2019

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Stevenage returned to winning ways once again on Saturday as two first half goals from James Ball made the difference against Crawley..

An injury inside the first minutes for Alex Revell allowed the midfield man to enter the fray, who made the most of his opportunity with two fine finishes from inside the box.

An entertaining game in which both sides created a whole host of chances, it was the home side who proved to be the more clinical in both boxes as Stevenage moved just three points away from the play-off places.

Dino Maamria named new two changes to the side that lost out to Cambridge the previous weekend. In came new signing Moses Makasi along with John Hunt for young midfielder Arthur Iontton and Northern Irishman Ben Kennedy.

After a quiet start to proceedings, the first real chance of the game fell to Alex Revell – matchwinner last time Stevenage played at home – as Steve Seddon got down the line before pulling the ball back for the striker. After a good first touch, his finish flew over the bar and into the South Stand. That would be his last action of the game as an innocuous looking injury forced the skipper off. Opportunity knocked for James Ball, as the former Stockport man came on in his place.

Crawley were next to come close. The dangerous Dominic Poleon with a low effort from the edge of the box that flew just wide of Farman’s far post.

After ghosting into the box to meet Hunt’s cross, Moses Makasi almost opened up the scoring in the 15th minute with a debut goal but his header landed the wrong side of the cross bar.

By this stage the game was really beginning to get going as both sides moved the ball through the thirds to create goalscoring chances. Crawley Captain John Payne sent a powerful strike on target from the edge of the box and despite there being plenty of wobble on the effort, Farman was able to get across and parry it away.

Arguably Stevenage’s most effective player throughout the half was James-Wildin from right-back. Constantly taking the game to his opposite markers and breezing past them at every opportunity, it was he that provided the assist for Ball’s opener. Another trademark run down the right and into the box before chopping the ball perfectly towards Ball to head home. Moments later that same combination almost paid off again but this time a Crawley man was in-position to head clear.

Boro were living dangerously though and only Dominic Poleon would know how he didn’t equalise on 30 minutes after the ball found him unmarked a few yards out from the goal. An untimely miss-kick for the striker allowed Cuthbert to get back and clear off the line.

Five minutes later, the Red Devils did make it count and it was Poleon who would make up for his previous error. Drilling in low from inside the box after somewhat cumbersome Stevenage defending allowed the away attackers to advance into the danger zone.

It could have been a nightmare end to the half for Steveage as Crawley almost caught Boro out on the break. Poleon again at the heart of things as he isolated Cuthbert before finding Palmer on the angle who forced a smart save out of Farman.

Instead, it turned into a dream. Ball slotting home from just a few yards out to make it 2-1 after Newton brought about a strong hand from Morris that only fell back into his path. Strong running from Masaki in the build-up as he drove Boro up the pitch before finding Newton out wide.

Straight out from the second half and Ball could have had his hat-trick. Skying his shot onto the A602 after being picked out at the back-post by the marauding Danny Newton. It was to be the best Stevenge chance of the half as Crawley put Boro’s defensive capabilities to the test.

Goalline scrambles were a feature of the second period as Crawley threw everything at the back-line. Farman was in top-form once again as he made a number of crucial saves, none-more important than his one-on-one with Sesay on 63 minutes and another one-on-one with Young on 84 minutes.

Newton had the chance to ice the game as six minutes of added time were awarded. A mazy run deep into the box before prodding his shot right into he arms of Morris.

In the end, Boro negotiated the added time well as they denied the visitors from any further chances as a crucial three points were earned following last weekend’s disappointment.

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Ticket News

Don't miss Stevenage vs Crawley on Saturday

7 January 2019

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We have another must-win game coming up this weekend...

Stevenage return home on Saturday in need of three points as the race for the play-offs begins to grow ever-more urgent.

Crawley Town are the visitors and the Lamex Stadium has proven 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.

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 and get behind the boys as we strive for success once again.


Supporters who came to the New Years Day fixture against Newport County can receive a refund on their ticket price when purchasing a Half Season Ticket this week! Click the image below for more information.

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