Stevenage face a second Sky Bet League Two test in the space of four days as Lee Bell’s Crewe Alexandra come to town…
Boro sit third in Sky Bet League Two and could end the night in second place, with Carlisle just a point above having played a game extra. There is a three-point gap between third and fourth currently as the promotion race begins to boil.
On Saturday, Steve Evans’ men earned themselves an impressive 3-1 victory over Walsall through goals from Josh March and Luke Norris.
Crewe suffered relegation from Sky Bet League One at the end of the last campaign after a short two-year spell in the third tier. This Sky Bet League Two campaign has also been disappointing for the Railwaymen as they sit seventeenth in the table after picking up just nine wins in thirty-four league matches.
The side are unbeaten in their last seven matches, winning two of those and drawing five. The last time Crewe lost away from home was on Boxing Day against Stockport County. Last weekend, The Railwaymen welcomed Salford City to the Mornflake Stadium and defeated The Ammies 4-3, with Joel Tabiner, Connor O’Riordan and Dan Agyei getting on the scoresheet.
Lee Bell took over as Crewe boss in December 2022 after the club had a poor start to the season. Bell was no stranger to the supporters, having spent seven years as part of the coaching staff, mostly in academy roles. Before that, Bell appeared over 125 times as a player for The Railwaymen across two spells.
Boro have faced Crewe on fifteen occasions in the past, winning six, drawing three and losing six. The first meeting between the two clubs ended in a 1-1 draw at The Lamex Stadium with Yemi Odubade scoring the goal for Stevenage.
The biggest victory for Boro against tonight’s opponents occurred in the 2013/14 League One campaign as Filipe Morais’ brace aswell as Luke Freeman’s strike helped Stevenage pick up a 3-0 victory away from home.
This season’s reverse fixture at The Mornflake Stadium went in Boro’s favour as Jamie Reid’s second half double completed a comeback to win 2-1 back in September.
Alan Young has been appointed Match Referee for tonight’s fixture with Paul Lister-Flynn and Marc Wilson as Assistants, and Damith Bandara as Fourth Official.
Young has dished out 107 yellow cards and seven reds in twenty-six matches this season.