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Big Match Preview: Boro v Mariners

21 September 2018

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Get set for the big game...

  • Key Matchday Info…

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

  • Onto the game...

Four points from the last two games has seen Stevenage get back on track following succesive defeats to Yeovil and Cambridge. A win against Macclesfield last time at home was backed up with a thrilling 3-3 draw at Notts County last weekend.

Despite coming back from behind on three occasions, the lingering feeling from the dressing room was one of frustration after the final whistle as the team finished the game with plenty in the tank, taking it to the opposition but just unable to force through a winner.

Two wins and a draw from Stevenage's first four home games represent a decent start to life at the Lamex, but Dino Maamria and the boys will be desperate to improve on that record for the Mariner's visit on Saturday.

It has been another difficult start to the season for Grimsby, winning only one of their opening eight games, losing five. That one win did come on the road though, away at Macclesfield in their second game of the campaign.

A busy summer of recuritment brought about optimism during the off-season, but life back in the rigours of Sky Bet League Two has once again proved a struggle for the Mariners.

  • Officials...

Referee: Lee Collins

Assistant Referee 1: Kevin Howick

Assistant Referee 2: Isaac Searle

Fourth Official: Leigh Crowhurst

  • View from the camp...

Stevenage boss, Dino Maamria:

"It is too early to judge anybody at this time in the season. Grimsby can say we are in a fortunate position where we are, we have picked up 12 points whilst learning.

"Grimsby have struggled to do that. They have got a new manager, more or less a new squad as well, it is not easy. I feel for them, I feel for him. They have got a new team, he is building and he is finding it difficult. It is always a dangerous opponent because they will be determined more than ever not to lose their fifth game on the bounce."

Grimsby boss, Michael Jolley:

"It will be a difficult match. Stevenage are an experienced, physical, and powerful League Two team, with a good manager who knows his way around this level.

“So, like every match, it’s a match we need to stand up to. We need to be prepared to try and match them physically and mentally, and try and impose ourselves on the game.

“He’s stabilised the situation there, and I’ve known Dino quite a few years – he’s a good person, and somebody who I respect, and he’s done a good job there.”

  • Previous meetings...

Played: 4 | Won: 2 | Drawn: 1 | Lost: 1

Things have improved since our first meeting with Grimsby, back in August 2016 when a 5-2 defeat at Blundell Park meant for a humiliating introduction to the Mariners.

Since then Stevenage are three unbeaten, including two wins out of two at home, the most recent of these being a 3-1 win last season.

  • 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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REPORT: Stevenage 1-0 Grimsby

22 September 2018

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Three points in the bag...

Stevenage made it three games unbeaten in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday as a late Steve Seddon goal secured all three points against Grimsby at the Lamex Stadium.

It was 90 minutes that could have been interpreted as a lesson in patience as Stevenage dominated the contest and saw a slew of goalscoring chances go begging, but the players remained poised and ready to win it right until the end.

Dino Maamria named two changes to the side that drew 3-3 at Notts County last Saturday. Paul Farman (injury) replaced by Seny Dieng for his first league start of the season and James Ball replaced by Emmanuel Sonupe as the team lined-up in a 4-4-2 formation.

Often used as a lightning rod off the bench, Sonupe was eager to make the most of his starting berth and almost immediately paid back the boss inside the opening few minutes.

After beating his marker down the left, he burst into the Mariners box only to evade all of his teammates with the final pass. It was an early sign of intent though from Boro who were looking strong early on.

Boro were up for it and playing their best football at home of the season so far. Quick on the break and decisive with their passing, there was only one team that looked likely to score throughout the contest.

A smart one-two between Kennedy and Revell released the striker down the right on 22 minutes and after receiving it back, Grimsby’s Whitmore slid in to make a vital block on the forward’s shot. The rebound came back out for Sonupe, whose effort was deflected wide of the post much to the frustration of the Stevenage supporters.

Danny Newton came close to adding another spectacular strike to his ever-growing colletion, using his strength to back into his man before turning and unleashing a ferocious volley with his left foot that flew just over the crossbar.

The left hand side was working particularly well, with Seddon and Sonupe marauding down the line at every available opportunity. Seddon showed his class with less than five minutes to go in the half, beating his man to the by-line before arrowing in a cross for Revell, who couldn’t quite turn his header goalwards.

Grimsby rarely threatened but before the half was over, the Mariners would test the Stevenage defence with a barrage of set pieces that were flung into the Boro box. Cuthbert and co dealt with the threat well, getting their heads and bodies in the way of whatever was thrown their way.

The second half got off to a stormer. Chaotic scenes inside the Stevenage six yard box saw Grimsby almost find an opening goal as Boro hacked their way clear. When the ball fell to Kennedy inside his own half, not much appeared to be on but a strong run from the attacker opened up a 3 v 2 where he waited and waited, before laying it off for Newton whose shot was stopped by the leg of McKeown. Sonupe would pick up the loose ball but his curling effort towards the bottom left corner was blocked by a Grimsby defender.

Stevenage were enjoying their most sustained period of pressure throughout the game and McKeown was at it again five minutes later. Revell drawing a smart stop low to the keepers right and out for a corner.

That corner lead to a further two chances as Cuthbert’s header was blocked on the line before the ball came out for Nugent who smashed his strike over the bar.

With 15 minutes to go, Grimsby’s Luke Hendrie almost nicked a winner for the Mariners with a superbly hit left footed hit effort that flew narrowly wide of the top corner. It certainly would have been a cruel way for the game to have gone from a Stevenage perspective.

Due to Boro’s dominance in the game, Maamria made his changes later than usual as Guthrie replaced Kennedy with just over 10 minutes left. Ferry would later replace Sonupe after a fine performance from the winger.

It may have taken 80 minutes to find the breakthrough but that made it all the more sweeter as a direct run from Newton inside the box took all the defenders away, before the striker laid the ball across the six yard box for Seddon to tap in from point-blank range.

Cue a mass outpouring of relief and joy around the Lamex Stadium as Stevenage finally got their just rewards for a good performance infront of the home fans.

Grimsby threw everything at it during the closing moments but Boro were able to comfortably see out the result to make it 15 points from the first 9 games of the season.

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Mariners next up at the Lamex Stadium

16 September 2018

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Get behind the boys...

Stevenage return to the Lamex Stadium on Saturday 22nd September 2018 for the visit of Grimsby Town.

After picking up a dramatic point at Notts County last time out, the Super Boro are nicely poised just outside of the Play-Off places with 12 points from the opening 8 games.

The Matchday atmosphere at the Lamex Stadium has been brilliant all season so let's keep up the positive vibes with another good one against Grimsby.

This season it costs just £15 for Adults/Concessions, £10 for U18s and £5 for U12s in the famous East Terrace.

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 in-advance or on the day of the game, 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

Secure your space from either borotickets.co.uk, 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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