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Away Days: Rochdale AFC vs Stevenage FC

3 March 2023

Stevenage travel to Northwest England tomorrow for yet another crucial clash in Sky Bet League Two against Jim Bentley’s Rochdale…


Steve Evans’ men sit second in Sky Bet League Two and four points clear of fourth place with a game in hand. Tuesday’s 3-2 victory against AFC Wimbledon saw Boro pick up their first victory in six matches, after suffering a rare winless spell.

With just fourteen games remaining of the 2022/23 campaign, every point earned is vital in the push for promotion.


Rochdale have had an extremely tough campaign so far, as they currently sit 24th in Sky Bet League Two and six points away from safety. The Dale have picked up just one victory from their last ten matches, with that win coming away to promotion hopefuls Bradford City back in January.

Over the course of the season, Rochdale have won just five from thirty-four league matches, drawing seven and losing twenty-two. Their most recent result was a 1-1 draw away to Crewe Alexandra last weekend, with Dale’s Jimmy Keohane grabbing an eightieth-minute equaliser.

Rochdale began the season with Robbie Stockdale in charge, but after losing their first four matches, Stockdale was relieved of his duties. At the end of August 2022, Jim Bentley was appointed manager and has since been handed the tough task of keeping his side in The Football League. Bentley previously managed Morecambe, where he enjoyed an eight-year tenure.


Boro and The Dale have met just six times in the past, with Stevenage winning four of those meetings, Rochdale winning one and the sides drawing just once. Perhaps the most memorable encounter with Rochdale was back in January 2012, when Mark Roberts took over as Player-Manager following the departure of Graham Westley.

Roberts led his side to a 5-1 victory away from home, with Lawrie Wilson, Luke Freeman and Joel Byrom getting on the scoresheet. The 2022/23 campaign’s reverse fixture saw Stevenage pick up a 1-0 victory at The Lamex Stadium through a Carl Piergianni header.


The Crown Oil Arena has been home to Rochdale since the club’s formation in 1907. The ground holds a capacity of 10,249, with a record attendance of 24,000 being set in 1949 when Rochdale hosted Notts County. The stadium was selected as a venue for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, hosting a match between Fiji and Ireland.


Sebastian Stockbridge has been appointed Match Referee for tomorrow’s fixture, with Thomas Harty and Chris Isherwood as Assistants, and Richard Wigglesworth as Fourth Official. Stockbridge has dished out seventy-five yellow cards and four reds in twenty-six matches this season.


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Match Reports

Report: Rochdale 2-0 Stevenage

4 March 2023

Boro's afternoon in Rochdale ends in defeat...

Stevenage went on their travels for the second time in five days, after the thrilling 3-2 victory against AFC Wimbledon in mid-week. Today, the opponents standing in the way of another three points was Rochdale, who were fighting for their lives in the battle for safety.

Steve Evans made four changes from Tuesday’s victory in South-West London as Jordan Roberts, Michael Bostwick, Jonathan Tomkinson and Jake Forster-Caskey returned to the starting eleven.

The back three consisted of Dan Sweeney, Jonathan Tomkinson and captain Carl Piergianni, with Max Clark at left wing-back and Alex Gilbey occupying the right wing-back role after an impressive showing there on Tuesday.

Michael Bostwick sat in front of the back three, behind Jake Forster-Caskey and Jordan Roberts. The strike partnership of Luke Norris and Jamie Reid started up top.

After just seven minutes, Rochdale took a surprising lead. Abraham Odoh calmly played the ball to Devante Rodney inside the area who slotted it past Toby Savin to open the scoring.

Stevenage suddenly had an unprecedented task on their hands as they looked to get a vital result. Max Clark found Luke Norris in the box who touched it down with his chest before turning and firing over the bar.

After twenty minutes, Boro came close to grabbing an equaliser as centre-back Dan Sweeney drove forward with the ball and tried his luck from long-range with a low driven effort, but Richard O’Donnell got down quickly to deny.

The disappointing start for Stevenage continued though, as after twenty-eight minutes, Rochdale doubled their lead. Abraham Odoh had plenty of space to run into after a quick break-away, before squaring the ball to Danny Lloyd to tap in from close range.

Steve Evans then made two tactical changes, with Jonathan Tomkinson and Jake Forster-Caskey departing for Kane Smith and Jake Taylor.

Stevenage created two chances in the closing stages of the half that resulted in Richard O’Donnell denying efforts from Jamie Reid and Jordan Roberts. Ultimately though, the side went into the break two goals down and in need of a much-improved second-half.

At half-time, Evans made a third change as Jake Reeves was brought on in place of Michael Bostwick in midfield. Five minutes into the half, Jordan Roberts looked to tap in from close-range but was forced to watch the ball cleared off the line.

An hour in, Stevenage were unlucky not to get one back as Jordan Roberts headed on goal from a corner, but Rochdale cleared the danger. Just over ten minutes later, Boro had another chance, but Carl Piergianni fired wide with his weaker right foot.

Stevenage were building the play up nicely as the final ten minutes approached. Jordan Roberts’ ball into the box looked to be flicked on by Jake Taylor but Richard O’Donnell superbly kept a hold of his side’s two-goal advantage.

Evans’ final roll of the dice meant that Josh March and Danny Rose were introduced in place of Luke Norris and Jamie Reid to change things around in attack in the hopes of a miraculous ending.

The duo looked to make an instant impact as Danny Rose knocked the ball down to Josh March, but the striker’s effort deflected over the bar.

The fourth official soon held up five additional minutes with the hosts holding on to their two-goal lead. Boro saw more of the ball in the final moments and to sum up the afternoon, Jordan Roberts' effort bounced off the post before Jake Taylor fired over the bar from close-range.

The referee then blew his final whistle to conclude a rather disappointing afternoon. Boro will look to bounce back next weekend as they welcome Walsall to The Lamex Stadium.

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Ticket News

Tickets & Travel: Rochdale AFC

1 February 2023

Match tickets are on sale for Boro’s trip to Rochdale AFC on Saturday 4th March 2023…

Kicking off at 3pm in Sky Bet League Two, Steve Evans’ men make the 385-mile round trip to The Crown Oil Arena to take on Jim Bentley’s Dale.

Match tickets are available online at, from the Stevenage FC Club Shop (open Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays 10am-5pm) and from The Crown Oil Arena on the day of the game.

  • Adult: £24
  • 65+: £19
  • Under 21: £14
  • Under 11: £7  

Disabled supporters are charged at the concession rate and are entitled to bring a carer free of charge.

Online ticket sales for delivery will come off sale at 11.59pm on Monday 27th Feb but will still be able to collect or purchase from the Stevenage FC Club Shop until 4pm on Friday 3rd March.

Travel by Coach

The Stevenage FC Supporters Association coach will be departing The Lamex Stadium at 9am on the day of the game, so please ensure to arrive with time to spare in order to confirm a scheduled departure. Tickets cost £30 for SA members and £35 for non-members.

To book a seat, visit and book online.

Travel by Train

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

For more travel information to The Crown Oil Arena, click here.



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