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Away Days: Walsall vs Stevenage

12 August 2022

Stevenage go on their travels to the West Midlands this Saturday for a crucial Sky Bet League Two clash with league leaders Walsall…

Following on from Tuesday’s Carabao Cup Round One victory against Championship side Reading, Steve Evans’ men return to Sky Bet League Two action.

Both sides will be looking to build on their opening two wins in the league, with Walsall currently topping the table thanks to their 4-0 win against Hartlepool on the opening day.

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After finishing 16th in Sky Bet League Two last campaign, The Saddlers were hoping for an improved season in order to return to Sky Bet League One. So far, there has been plenty of positives for Michael Flynn’s side, with their 4-0 win at home to Hartlepool being followed by a 1-0 away victory against Newport County.

Walsall boss Michael Flynn joined the West Midlands side in February 2022 after previously resigning from his job at Newport County. Flynn’s 4-year managerial stint at Newport was his first taste of management in which he led the Exiles to two play-off finals, coming short on both occasions. In his first full season as Walsall boss, there is no doubt that Flynn will be hoping to guide his team to success.

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Stevenage and Walsall have met on eleven occasions over the last decade, with the results being neck and neck so far. Both sides have picked up three victories against the other, whilst the remaining five contests ended in a draw. The first competitive meeting between the two clubs had nothing to write home about, as The Lamex Stadium witnessed a 0-0 draw in 2011.

Boro’s first victory over the Saddlers came in the 2012/13 campaign as goals from Lucas Akins, Greg Tansey and Robin Shroot contributed to a 3-1 win in Hertfordshire. Last season, it was a mixed bag of results between the two sides. Walsall’s home fixture against Boro ended 1-0 to the Saddlers towards the start of the season. The reverse fixture at The Lamex would be in January 2022 with Stevenage picking up a 3-1 victory, as an early own goal was followed by goals from Jake Taylor and Chris Lines to award Boro the three points.

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Since it’s opening in 1990, The Poundland Bescot Stadium has been home to Walsall Football Club. The ground holds a capacity of 11,300 with it’s record attendance of 11,049 being set in 2004. It is situated less than a mile from junction 9 of the M6 motorway and has a mainline railway station within easy walking distance. In 2015, the stadium played host to an Elton John concert in front of 14,000 fans.

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Charles Breakspear has been appointed as Match Referee for this fixture, alongside Assistants Christopher Wade and Declan O’Shea with Robert Lewis as Fourth Official. The last time Breakspear overlooked a Stevenage fixture was when Steve Evans’ men earned a 2-0 victory in Colchester towards the end of last season, with Luke Norris receiving a red card.

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Report: Walsall 1-1 Stevenage

13 August 2022

Owen Russell

Danny Rose scores 100th minute leveller to rescue a point for Stevenage in the West Midlands...

Steve Evans named two changes from the eleven that took three points from Stockport County last weekend, with Saxon Earley and Jamie Reid handed their first starts of the league campaign. Following his continued impressive displays to start the season, Earley hoped to cement his place in the starting line-up on loan from Norwich City.

After a start for Boro which saw Jamie Reid battling with Manny Monthe relentlessly and a Jake Reeves shot blocked from close range, it was Walsall who took the lead within the first fifteen minutes.

A Walsall attack down the right-hand side could only be cleared wide and a yard from the touchline, setting the hosts up with a potentially dangerous long throw. Dovervon Daniels managed to reach the six-yard box to cause confusion in the Boro area, ending with Danny Johnson to fire in from point blank range. Not the start Steve Evans’ men had hoped for but with plenty of time to get back into the game.

Immediately following the opener, Dan Sweeney went close to a leveller after getting his head on the end of Saxon Earley’s throw, only for Owen Evans to claim with little fuss.

Five minutes later, Boro had another chance to go level this time through Jamie Reid, meeting Luther James-Wildin’s low cross and forcing Evans down low to his left to keep Boro out.

Jamie Reid went close again moments later, but after cutting back on his right foot on the edge of the area, his effort was tame enough for the Saddlers’ stopper to collect.

It was no surprise to see a drinks break midway through the half in plus thirty degree heat, as Steve Evans looked to reset his team to find a way back into this tie.

Just before the break, Boro had the right to feel aggrieved after Jake Taylor looked to have been brought down inside the box. Despite appeals from the visiting players, coaching staff and supporters, Charles Breakspear took little interest in the protests as play continued.

A frustrating first half for Steve Evans’ men, with a big second period to come. At the break, Dean Campbell and Max Clark were introduced for Michael Bostwick and Saxon Earley as Boro had to shake things up to get anything from this game.

The changes created a positive start to the half for Stevenage who put the hosts on the backfoot from the restart, despite still finding clearcut chances hard to come by.

Donveron Daniels went close for Walsall who dragged his shot wide from distance, before Steve Evans made a further two changes with Danny Rose and Jordan Roberts introduced for Luke Norris and Jake Taylor.

Stevenage continued to see the majority of the ball, and the only way the hosts would score another would be through mistake of our own. With under half an hour to play, that was almost the case after a misplaced pass found Andy Williams and company on the counter attack, fortunately to no consequence as Danny Johnson poked wide.

A final throw of the dice came with the final quarter of the game to play as Arthur Read was introduced for Carl Piergianni as Boro moved to four at the back in a positive move.

After a marauding Dan Sweeney run towards the Walsall defence, he found Luther James-Wildin to get the ball into the highly populated penalty area. The cross found its way through to Dean Campbell to shoot but could only fire over the woodwork.

Arthur Read’s wide free-kick with less than five minutes to go was an enticing one aimed for the six yard box, but a strong hand from Evans kept the visitors at bay.

The huffing and puffing continued as Stevenage through everything at the game to find the all-important equaliser, and despite the eight minutes of added time, it seemed as if it wasn’t to be for Boro in the West Midlands.

The eight minutes were up, but Stevenage weren't done. A short throw from Luther James-Wildin to Arthur Read on the right flank set up the last hurrah for any Boro comeback. Read's left-footed inswinging cross was aimed towards the back post, and there was substitute Danny Rose to head home a 100th minute leveller to send the Boro faithful into absolute raptures. An incredible moment for a team that is just never giving up at the moment.

A memorable day out in the West Midlands, as attention now turns to Tuesday night Rochdale at The Lamex Stadium.

Attendance: 5,079 inc. 207 away.

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Tickets & Travel: Walsall

10 August 2022

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Match tickets are available for Stevenage’s trip to the Poundland Bescot Stadium in Sky Bet League Two...

Kicking off at 3pm on Saturday 13th August, Steve Evans' men travel to the West Midlands to take on Michael Flynn's Saddlers. With both sides starting the season with victory, Boro will be looking to continue their form on the road.

Match tickets are available from the Stevenage FC Club Shop (open Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays 10am-5pm) and on the day for a £2 increase.

  • Adults: £22
  • Over 60s: £18
  • Under 21s: £17
  • Under 18s: £11
  • Family (1x Adult & 1x U18): £24

Disabled supporters are charged at the full price for their age category and are entitled to bring a carer free of charge.

Online ticket sales are now offline, but supporters are still able to purchase from the Stevenage FC Club Shop until Friday 12th August at 4pm.

Please note, the Poundland Bescot Stadium operates as a cashless stadium. Car parking is £5 per car and available on a first come, first served basis.

Travel by Coach

The Stevenage FC Supporters Association coach will be departing The Lamex Stadium at 10.30am on the day of the game, so please ensure to arrive with time to spare in order to confirm a scheduled departure. Tickets cost £25 for SA members and £30 for non-members.

To book a seat, visit www.sfcsa.co.uk/home/travel and book online.

Travel by Train

Purchase your train ticket at www.nationalrail.co.uk and keep up-to-date with latest travel info by following @nationalrailenq.

The nearest railway station to the stadium is Bescot Stadium Railway Station. For more travel information to Walsall FC, click here.

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2022/23 Season Tickets are available now from www.borotickets.co.uk. Get yours today & secure your place at The Lamex Stadium next season.

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