Stevenage secured a first home win in 329 days on Saturday as a blistering second half blew Oldham away to record a 3-0 win...
It was also Alex Revell’s first win as Boro boss and made it four points from the first two games of the 2020/21 Sky Bet League Two season.
Alex Revell made two changes to his side that drew 1-1 at Barrow as Arthur Read and Inih Effiong came in for Romain Vincelot and Tyrone Marsh.
Stevenage dominated the ball during the early exchanges, controlling possession and looking dangerous as they went in search of the opening goal. Half-chances came and went for Boro but in the 10th minute, Danny Newton had a glorious opportunity to make it 1-0 as he ran onto List’s low cross from the right but saw his strike saved by the feet of Lawlor.
Oldham grew into the contest though and had their own period of positive play around the half-hour mark without creating any real clear-cut chances of their own. Keillor-Dunn was the recipient of a Hamer cross but failed to sort his feet out in time to work the shot and McAleny fired over with a half-volley from the edge of the box, which was as close as the Latics came during the first 45 minutes.
Boro ended the half strong though and had three chances during five minutes of added time, which was largely down to a couple of lengthy stoppages for Newton who received a few knocks during the first half. First up, Osborne shot over from the edge of the box before Newton headed over from Hutton’s cross. Then, in the dying minutes, Rhead forced a fine save from Lawlor from 20 yards out to end the half on a high.
Both teams came out unchanged for the second half and just two minutes in, Jack Smith swung in a brilliant ball across the six yard box which saw nobody gambling to get onto the end of. Stevenage continued their forward momentum and Prosser came a yard or two away from finding the bottom corner with a header across the face of goal as he connected with Read’s pin-point delivery.
With 58 minutes gone, Stevenage had another two opportunities to strike. The first coming from Hutton who cut in onto his favoured right and forced another save by Lawlor before the ball spilled out to List who couldn’t turn it home. Seconds later, Smith was a Lawlor palm away from finding the top corner but the action was only just getting started.
A manic five minute period saw Stevenage score twice and a miss a penalty as Alex Revell’s side firmly took control of the contest. First up, great play from Newton saw him steal the ball off an Oldham man before playing List in down the right who pulled it behind for Osborne to finish with aplomb.
Moments later, Cuthbert was hauled down inside the box from a Read corner but Effiong couldn’t repeat his spot-kick heroics from last weekend as Lawlor got a hand to the penalty. Rather than be dismayed, Boro kept pushing and added a second a minute later as James-Wildin curled home with a lovely finish with his right foot after winning the ball from a cleared corner.
It was one-way traffic for the rest of the match and Luke Prosser provided the icing to the cake with a stooping header from Osborne’s corner to make it 3-0. In truth, it could have been more as the chances continued to flow but it mattered little as Boro began life back at The Lamex Stadium in the perfect manner.