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Big Match Preview: Cheltenham vs Stevenage

6 September 2019

Stevenage travel to Cheltenham Town on Saturday 7th September 2019 for a 3pm kick-off...

  • Tickets…

Tickets are available in-advance from the Club Shop, online at www.borotickets.co.uk or from the Hazlewoods Stand Turnstiles on the day of the game. Please note, prices remain the same whether bought in-advance or not.

  • Adult: £22
  • Senior (65+)/Student/Wheelchair User: £16
  • Under 18: £8

Students must have valid ID, ambulant disabled (receiving middle or higher rate disability) pay the standard rate for their age bracket with one complimentary carer ticket if required.

  • Travel...

The Supporters Association coach is departing The Lamex Stadium at 10am on the day of the game so please arrive with plenty of time to spare in-order to ensure a timely departure. Tickets cost £20 for SA members and £25 for non-members.

To book a seat, please call John Carroll on 01438 814285 after 6pm or visit www.sfcsa.co.uk/home/travel and book online.

  • Onto the game...

Now six games into the season, a first league win still alludes Stevenage but two draws from the last two games has at least meant that Maamria's men have something to show from their most recent outings in Sky Bet League Two.

The slow start to the season means that Boro are currently sat second-from-bottom in the table, but three points at Cheltenham would soon shoot the squad up the standings during these early stages.

Cheltenham have enjoyed a positive start to the their campaign, boasting a two win, two draw, two loss record and are unbeaten at home.

For a more detailed look at Saturday's opponents, please click here for the Scouting Report.

  • What they said...

Stevenage boss Dino Maamria says he knows what to expect from Cheltenham and that it is high time his side put it all together to deliver a result and performance this weekend.

“I know Duffy pretty well. He likes his team to be organised, especially defensively and he was a good centre back in his prime.

“It is a small pitch at Cheltenham, they go back to front a lot, they have got the long throw that we have to deal with so we have to make sure that we are ready for the first and second balls and play off the back of that.

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“I also know the pitch is going to be immaculate so we will have to play some football on it and we know Cheltenham. We beat them 2-0 twice last season, but it will be a different game. They are in a better position than us right now but I think the 11 players that I pick on Saturday will be well capable of winning the match.

“We are going there arguably as the underdogs but it is about time we produced a result and a performance and that is my challenge to the players.”

Cheltenham Assistant Manager Ross Milton said that his side will be expecting a difficult match and that the league table doesn't reflect Boro's quality.

"They've been unfortunate and they've had a lot of injuries so we won't be looking at league tables," Milton said.

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"Anyone is capable of beating anyone in this league. It is very close and I think it's closer than ever before. We won't be taking league positions and points into account because it can very quickly change at this time of the season.

"They've got some very good players - players who have caused us problems in the past.

"They may have one or two back so we've just got to prepare as we can."

Last time we met...

Stevenage have got a superb recent record against the Robins, unbeaten in the last nine meetings with just one draw.

Last season, two 2-0 wins secured the double over Cheltenham for the second season in a row.

  • Officials... 

Referee: James Oldham

Assistant Referee 1: Michael Webb

Assistant Referee 2: Paul Lister

Fourth Official: Lisa Rashid

  • Betting...

Stevenage are 12/5 underdogs with league sponsors, Sky Bet whilst Stevenage to win and BTTS has been PRICE BOOSTED from 6/1 to 7/1. If you fancy a flutter this weekend, use our designated link which enables the club to receive a slice of your stake!

  • 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! 

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Visit the Live Match Centre to access form guides, live text commentary and live access to the match on iFollow

Make sure you are following our Twitter account throughout the day as we bring you the very latest from the Jonny-Rocks 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: Cheltenham 4-2 Stevenage

7 September 2019

Stevenage suffered a fourth league defeat of the 2019/20 season during a topsy-turvey encounter at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

After twice going behind to Michael Duff’s Cheltenham, Boro were able to equalise twice through Danny Newton only to see the Robins strike twice late in the contest to secure all three points.

Dino Maamria named two changes to the team that played out last Saturday's league draw against Macclesfield Town, as Adam El-Abd came straight into the starting XI following his arrival on Friday whilst captain Scott Cuthbert returned from injury to partner the former Egyptian International at the heart of defence.

Boro got off to a decent start in the contest with List creating the first chance of the match, driving at the Cheltenham back four before firing low but straight at Flinders. With another reshuffled defensive line, there were some early signs that not all was well as Broom passed up a golden opportunity to put the home side ahead, after El-Habd lost the ball inside his own box which lead to Varney picking out Broom about six yards out, only for the striker to lose control of the ball and see the chance go missing.

Kelland Watts was showing a real aerial presence despite his young age and came close to opening the scoring with a back-post header on 18 minutes that crashed into the side netting. Two minutes later, the ball fell to Carter just inside box, but his shot deflected high and into the hands of the goalkeeper.

22 minutes in, Cheltenham went ahead. Gavin Reilly with a superb strike into top corner after shifting the ball past Cuthbert inside the area, leaving Farman no chance in goal.

Reilly almost got his second minutes later but for a brilliant save from Farman and then goal-line clearance by Cuthbert, as the forward burst past the defence once again. 25 minutes, Cuthbert’s return to the team was cut short once again, as he was forced off with injury for Danny Newton, meaning a change in formation and tactics for Maamria’s side. Cheltenham had the ball in the back of the net on 39 minutes after Broom forced a parry from Farman that landed in the danger area where Varney was there to sweep up. Thankfully for the Boro supporters behind the goal, the assistants flag was raised.

Right before the half was up, Watts had another headed attempt at goal after good work Stokes down the line to find the centre-back lurking. A frustrating first half for Stevenage who were going to have to up their levels in the second in-order to claw back something from the contest.

Up their levels they did. Just three minutes in, Danny Newton scored his first goal of the season as he headed home Byrom’s cross into the bottom corner to make it game on at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

All that good work almost came undone immediately, as Cheltenham broke on the counter-attack, leaving Varney unmarked at the back-post but the experienced striker inexplicably fluffed his lines with the goal at his mercy.

Rather than being undone immediately, it was instead undone shortly after. A brilliant pass from midfield split the Stevenage defence, leaving Broom with the opportunity to cross for Clements at the back-post, who had the relatively simple task of hitting the target to see Cheltenham retake the lead.

Kennedy, who was having a big influence on proceedings, continued to pepper the Cheltenham box with cross after cross and found the perfect one for the on-rushing Stokes on 65 minutes as he ghosted in behind the Cheltenham defenders only to fire high and wide when faced with the goal.

With 20 minutes remaining, Newton levelled things up once again, powering home a rocket of a shot from distance that took a deflection and went under the goalkeeper. Mackail-Smith entered the field immediately after in place of Elliott List as Boro went in search of a first league win.

Guthrie almost completed the turnaround on 75 minutes, as the ball fell to him from just 12 yards out, but the Robins had enough men in the box to make the block, survive and ultimately, take advantage.

Farman seemed to save Stevenage’s bacon soon after, as Varney broke through the defensive line again only to be thwarted by the stopper. In the end, the save was made in vein, as another slick Cheltenham move finished with Ryan Broom smashing in from close range to make it 3-2.

During the closing stages, Newton headed over the bar and Cowley replaced Guthrie, but the Robins added a fourth on the counter-attack, after Addai broke clear before finishing with aplomb to make it 4-2 and continue Boro’s difficult start to the league season.

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Ticket News

Tickets & Travel: Cheltenham Town

31 August 2019

Stevenage FC are next on the road at Cheltenham Town's Jonny-Rocks Stadium on Saturday 7th September 2019 for a 3pm kick-off...

Tickets are available in-advance from the Club Shop, online at www.borotickets.co.uk or from the Hazlewoods Stand Turnstiles on the day of the game. Please note, prices remain the same whether bought in-advance or not.

  • Adult: £22
  • Senior (65+)/Student/Wheelchair User: £16
  • Under 18: £8

Students must have valid ID, ambulant disabled (receiving middle or higher rate disability) pay the standard rate for their age bracket with one complimentary carer ticket if required.

Travel...

The Supporters Association coach is departing The Lamex Stadium at 10am on the day of the game so please arrive with plenty of time to spare in-order to ensure a timely departure. Tickets cost £20 for SA members and £25 for non-members.

To book a seat, please call John Carroll on 01438 814285 after 6pm or visit www.sfcsa.co.uk/home/travel and book online.

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