Stevenage Football Club make the trip to Greater Manchester tomorrow for a crucial 3pm kick-off in Sky Bet League Two against Salford City…
The only unbeaten EFL side in all competitions, Boro look to continue their excellent run in the league, with the possibility of moving into first place. Stevenage’s most recent test was in The Carabao Cup in which a late goal from Jamie Reid against Peterborough ensured their place in the third round of the competition.
Salford City will also be pleased with their start to the campaign, as they find themselves 6thin the table. After five games, The Ammies have picked up three wins, one draw and most recently a loss away to Doncaster. The 2022/23 campaign marks their fourth in The EFL and after three seasons of just missing out on the play-offs, Neil Wood’s side will be desperate for a top seven finish.
Salford’s danger man this season has undoubtedly been Brandon Thomas-Asante. Starting all six of their games this season, the forward has racked up an impressive tally of five goals aswell as chipping in with two assists. Thomas-Asante has represented the Ammies since their debut season in the EFL.
The Greater Manchester Side appointed Neil Wood as Manager in May 2022, replacing Gary Bowyer who had spent just over a year at the club. Wood has so far brought in seven new recruits in his first transfer window with Salford, including Scottish League Cup winner Callum Hendry and former Bradford midfielder Elliot Watt.
Boro and The Ammies have met on just six occasions since their rise into the EFL in 2019. Salford’s first ever game in The Football League was against Stevenage, live on Sky Sports, with The Greater Manchester side picking up a 2-0 win. The first five encounters between the sides would have nothing to boast about from a Stevenage perspective, with The Ammies winning five from five.
Eventually, on the final day of the 2021/22 season, Stevenage picked up their first victory against Salford, with the score line ending 4-2 in Boro’s favour to end the season on a high note.
Salford City moved into The Peninsula Stadium in 1978 but the ground has since seen drastic changes and now has a capacity of 5,108. The stadium was renovated in 2017 and reopened by Sir Alex Ferguson. The record attendance is 4,518 for a Carabao Cup tie between Salford and Leeds United which ended 3-0 to the visitors.
Darren Drysdale has been appointed as Match Referee for Saturday’s game with Christopher Ward and Graeme Fyvie as Assistants alongside Steven Rushton as Fourth Official.