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Match Preview: Stevenage vs Salford City

25 March 2023

Jim Steele

Stevenage welcome fellow promotion hopefuls Salford City to The Lamex Stadium this afternoon for yet another crucial battle in Sky Bet League Two…

Boro have just ten matches remaining of their league campaign, five at The Lamex Stadium and five away from home. The side sit second in the table and one point ahead of Northampton Town in fourth with a game in hand.

After two consecutive home victories, Stevenage travelled to Carlisle last weekend and picked up an important point in the race for automatic promotion.


Since the club’s promotion to the Football League in 2019, Salford City have been eyeing up the play-off places, and this campaign has been no different. The Ammies currently sit seventh in the table, two points inside the play-offs with just nine games to play. They are the second highest scorers in the division, having netted fifty-seven in thirty-seven matches.

In four of their last five matches, Salford have scored three or more goals, so Boro will have to be defensively solid to keep them at bay. Last weekend, The Ammies faced Doncaster Rovers at home and walked away with a 3-1 victory, with Stevie Mallan and Luke Bolton getting on the scoresheet.

Neil Wood took over as Salford boss in May 2022 and is currently enjoying his first managerial spell in the Football League. Previously, he coached in the Manchester United academy from 2014 before being promoted as Under-23 Manager from 2019.


Stevenage have met Salford on just seven occasions in the past, with a victory over the Ammies being seemingly rare. Today’s visitors have won six out of seven meetings, with Stevenage picking up just the one win. That win came at the end of last season, as Jamie Reid, Luke Norris and Elliott List contributed to a 4-2 home victory.

This season’s reverse fixture ended in Salford’s favour as they handed Boro their first loss of the campaign with a 1-0 victory at The Peninsula Stadium.


Darren Drysdale has been appointed Match Referee for today’s fixture with Kevin Howick and Daniel Flynn as his Assistants, and Robert Madley as Fourth Official. Drysdale has handed out seventy-five yellow cards and two reds in twenty-six matches this campaign.


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Report: Stevenage 1-3 Salford City

25 March 2023

Salford take home all three points despite Luke Norris' late goal...

After a well-earned point in Carlisle last weekend, Boro returned to familiar territory as they welcomed Salford City who went into the game two points inside the play-off places. Steve Evans made just one change to last week’s starting eleven as Jordan Roberts replaced Josh March.

Stevenage started the game brightly and earned themselves a corner inside three minutes. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it was met by the towering head of Carl Piergianni, but his header was cleared away.

After a slower period, Alex Gilbey picked up the ball in midfield before taking it forward and having an attempt from outside the box, but Salford’s Alex Cairns got down to his right-hand side to deny.

The Ammies grew into the game shortly after and came agonisingly close to taking the lead. Luke Bolton drilled a low ball across the box as Matty Lund had an open goal to tap in to, but fortunately for Boro, he was unable to get a touch on it.

Twenty minutes had been played and it was a reasonably open game, with Boro creating the better chances. Luke Norris touched the ball down superbly on the edge of the area, before striking at the goalkeeper who initially spilled it, but then collected it to prevent Jake Taylor getting the rebound.

With half-time approaching, Boro created their best chance of the first forty-five minutes. Jake Reeves’ free kick was sent into the area with Dan Sweeney rising highest to meet it, but his header on goal was acrobatically saved by Alex Cairns to keep the score goalless as the sides went into the break.

Five minutes into the second half, Salford came close to breaking the deadlock as Jon McCracken went down holding his head, leaving an open goal. The play was not stopped, and Kane Smith was forced to make a crucial block on the line to keep the score level. After minutes of treatment and getting his head bandaged up, McCracken was back on his feet and play continued.

The second half was far slower than the first as Stevenage were creating less chances. Just after the hour mark, the deadlock was broken but in favour of the visitors. The ball fell to Stevie Mallan on the edge of the box who placed it into the bottom of the corner to give Salford the lead.

The Ammies were really applying the pressure as they looked to double their lead. Luke Bolton fired on goal from the edge of the area, but Jon McCracken tipped it past the post. Steve Evans then made his first substitution of the afternoon as Jake Taylor made way for Jake Forster-Caskey.

With ten minutes remaining, Salford did in fact double their lead through number nine, Callum Hendry. The forward latched onto a loose ball on the break before slotting it past Jon McCracken to give his side a two-goal advantage. The returning Daryl Horgan then replaced Alex Gilbey.

Just before the clock struck ninety minutes, Boro got a goal back. Jamie Reid fired the ball across goal, with Luke Norris taking a touch and tapping it past the goalkeeper to give his side a sense of hope. Steve Evans was determined to go for it as he introduced Danny Rose in place of Kane Smith.

As the fourth official held up twelve additional minutes, the atmosphere picked up inside The Lamex Stadium as the supporters dreamt of a comeback. Salford quickly killed off hope though, as veteran striker Matt Smith fired home to regain his side’s two-goal lead.

In the final minutes, Stevenage kept on fighting but it just wasn’t to be for the hosts as the referee’s whistle concluded a disappointing afternoon, with Salford taking home all three points. Boro go on their travels to Northampton next weekend in an absolutely crucial clash.

Attendance: 3749 including 120 away supporters.

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PAY on the DAY vs Salford City!

24 March 2023

Jim Steele

Match tickets are cheaper in-advance and online for Stevenage vs Salford City on Saturday 25th March...

Match tickets must be purchased before reaching the turnstiles either online or from the North Stand Ticket Office (Home) or West Stand Ticket Office (Away) on the day of the game.

  Adult OIA: Adult MIP:  Conc OIA: Conc MIP: U18 OIA: U18 MIP: U12 OAI: U12 MIP:
East:  £18 £20 £15 £17 £10 £12 £5 £5
West: £22 £24 £20 £22 £14 £16 £8 £10
North: £22 £24 £20 £22 £14 £16 £8 £10
South (Away): £22 £24 £20 £22 £14 £16 £8 £10
Key: OIA = 'Online/In-Advance'. MIP = 'Matchday/In-Person'. For Age Category information, click here.

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