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Crystal Palace XI

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Big Match Preview: Stevenage v Crystal Palace XI

24 July 2018

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Premier League Eagles come to the Lamex...

  • Key Matchday Info...

Tickets are available to purchase on the day of the game from the club shop, ticket office or turnstiles.

We advise Crystal Palace supporters to bring cash so they can pay from the South Stand turnstile.

Please note, only the WEST STAND will be open for home supporters. More info here.

Prices are as follows:

  • Adults/Concessions - £12
  • U19 - £10
  • U12 - £5

The first batch of Season Tickets are available for collection from the club shop.

Those in the first batch will have a FREE pre-season friendly voucher to use at one of our four home pre-season fixtures. These can be redeemed on the West Stand turnstiles, even in your Season Ticket is for the East.

We recommend Season Ticket Holders in the West Stand purchase their seats in-advance of the upcoming friendlies to guarantee they get the seat they desire.

The Club Shop & Ticket Office are open from midday through until kick-off.

Pop into the store before the game and check out our new replica kit and training wear collections for 2018/19.

Please note that there will be NO pre-season programmes this year. Click here for more information.

The Broadhall Suite will be open to HOME & AWAY fans from 6pm. Please note that supporters will not be able to access the bar after the game.

There will be free parking available across the A602 in Fairlands Valley car park. Please note not to park in the nearby retail parks.

The Arriva Shuttle Bus is NOT running throughout pre-season, however, it will be back for Saturday 4th August for the Season Opener.

Any questions or queries? Please let us know and don't hesitate to ask.

Onto the game…

A 2-0 win over League One Coventry at the weekend means that Stevenage have now won four games out of four this pre-season with just two fixtures left to play.

Tonight's test will surely be the toughest yet, as a strong Crystal Palace side is expected to be named as they prepare for their third straight season in the Premier League.

Palace are unbeaten themselves during pre-season and in their most recent outing, goals from Zaha, Schlupp and Kaikai downed Oxford United 3-1 at the Kassam.

Officials...

  • Referee: Alan Young
  • Asst Referee: Lee Grimsey
  • Asst Referee: Rob Smith
  • 4th Official: Paul Taylor

Online coverage...

There will be NO live commentary via the iFollow platform for our pre-season fixtures, however, you can follow the action live on our social media channels.

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

Reports, reaction and key highlights will all be posted across the weekend.

On the horizon...

Our pre-season comes to a close on Friday 27th July as a Watford XI visit the Lamex Stadium. 

Don't forget, tickets are already on sale for the Sky Bet League Two Season Opener, at home to Tranmere on Saturday 4th August. 

Get behind the boys by purchasing your tickets from borotickets.co.uk.

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Match Reports

REPORT: Stevenage 1-2 Crystal Palace

24 July 2018

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A last minute Sullay Kaikai goal meant that Crystal Palace came away from the Lamex Stadium with a 2-1 win as Stevenage suffered their first defeat of pre-season.

Despite that, it was an encouraging performance from Boro as the Premier League visitors were made to look second best for much for the contest. 

Dino Maamria made four changes to the side that beat Coventry 2-0 at the weekend – Wildin, Wilkinson, McKee and Sonupe in for Cuthbert, Nugent, Ball and Revell.

Right from the off it was clear that Stevenage were going to start the game on their own terms. Playing with speed, tempo and purpose, the lofty visitors struggled to get to grips with the game.

Despite that, it was Palace who had the first chance and without Hunt’s timely block at the far-post, it would have been an early lead for the Eagles.

Kennedy’s influence on the game was growing as he ran the visitors ragged down the right hand side during the opening 10 minutes. He saw a left footed shot saved before playing in Sonupe with a deft pass but solid defending saw the chance snuffed out.

On the 16th minute, Boro went ahead. Alex Reid quickest to react inside a crowded box as Stevenage’s pressing caused issues for the defence. A sharp finish from the striker and his third this pre-season.

There were appeals for a penalty on 22 minutes as Sonupe burst into the box only to be seemingly brought down by a Palace man, alas, the referee waved away all protests.

Despite being the sharper throughout the first half, the Eages carved out a couple of opportunities as the half headed for a close. Jason Puncheon forcing a superb save out of Paul Farman low to his right hand side.

With just a few minutes to go, the visitors struck. Johnny Williams with a fine finish from a narrow angle against the run of play to make it 1-1 at the break.

Stevenage made three substitutions at the break as Iontton, Fraser and Vancooten replaced Byrom, Hunt and Wildin. Shortly after Georgiou, Trialist and Campbell-Ryce came into the fold for Sonupe, Kennedy and Timlin.

The first real chance of the second half came through Reid as he headed wide from Iontton’s nod across goal. Reid was then instrumental in the best opportunity for Boro of the second half as he shrugged Kelly off the ball inside the area before squaring for Georgiou, who somehow saw his close range strike kept out by Guaita.

There were more changes on 60 minutes as James Ferry and a Trialist replaced Mark McKee and Alex Reid. By this point only Luke Wilkinson and Paul Farman remained from the starting XI that took to the pitch an hour earlier as Stevenage's grip on the game began to dwindle.

With Palace now on top, they could have taken the lead with less than 10 minutes to go when James Daly came inches away from getting on the end of a fizzing low ball across the box.

Georgiou had the opportunity to take back the lead as he was played in on goal but a well timed tackle meant for a deflected strike that fell wide.

New signing, Will Appleyard replaced Paul Farman during the closing stages to make his first appearance for the club and unfortunately for him, there was little he could do to prevent the winner as Kaikai slid in from a few yards out to give Palace the win.

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Premier League Palace & Watford to visit the Lamex Stadium next week

22 July 2018

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Two big games to wrap up pre-season...

A Crystal Palace XI and Watford XI will visit the Lamex Stadium this week during the final week of pre-season.

So far Dino Maamria's men have a 100% record this pre-season with victories over St Albans, Portsmouth, St Neots and Coventry.

With the Sky Bet League Two season now within touching distance, the next week will play a pivotal role as the group finalise preparations.

On Tuesday night, Roy Hodgson will bring a Crystal Palace XI to Stevenage for a 7:45pm kick-off.

Then on Friday night, neighbours Watford are in town for a 7:30pm kick-off as Ben Wilmot's new club get ready for the upcoming Premier League season.

Please note, all home supporters must purchase their tickets for the West Stand, due to the East Terrace's closure this pre-season. More information can be found here

We recommend Season Ticket Holders in the West Stand purchase their seats in-advance of the upcoming friendlies to guarantee they get the seat they desire.

Ticket prices are as follows and can be bought either in-advance or on the day of the game:

  • Adults/Concessions: £12
  • Under 19: £10
  • Under 12: £5

Tickets for all our home games are on sale from either the club shop, over the phone on 01438 223223 or at borotickets.co.uk.

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