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Preview - Stevenage

19 April 2013

TOWN welcome Stevenage to SN1 at the weekend for the final home fixture of the regular season looking to secure their place in the Play-Offs.

After a commanding 4-1 win over Crewe on Tuesday evening, three points against the Boro will guarantee a place in the end-of-season lottery.

THE VIEW

Manager Kevin MacDonald says that Town will be looking to carry the momentum from Tuesday’s victory into tomorrow’s match against Graham Westley’s side. 

“The players realise how important this game is and hopefully they will put in another accomplished performance like Tuesday night. I have always said that we have one of the best sides in the league and it was good to see the players play like they did in midweek. Against Crewe we started the game very well and of course we will be trying to do that once again on Saturday. 

“Momentum is a very important factor for us now but we don’t want to look too far ahead of ourselves. The priority is the game against Stevenage before we concentrate on winning at Scunthorpe next Saturday. The players are extremely focused and know how important the next few games will be for the fans and for themselves.”

THE STORY SO FAR

After their meeting with Town in October Stevenage went on a run of fixtures where they recorded just one win per month between November and March causing them to plummet down the League One table.

After six straight defeats at the end of February and at the start of March, they recorded wins over promotion hopefuls Brentford and Sheffield United. The record of just six wins in five months cost manager Gary Smith his job with Graham Westley taking the reins for the third time at the Lamex Stadium.

Westley’s first home game in charge yielded a 1-0 win over Hartlepool on Easter Monday before a draw against Portsmouth followed. Last time out, Boro were beaten 2-0 by promotion-chasing Yeovil. 

LAST TIME OUT

Miles Storey will forever remember the last meeting between the two sides in October. Not only did he manage to secure his first senior start, he also notched his first senior goal with a first-half header. Three further goals handed Town a 4-0 away-day success.

Interestingly, that was the first ever league meeting between the two sides. The two previous fixtures were both at The County Ground in cup competitions. Hammeur Bouazza and Rory Fallon were both on target in a 2-0 win in 2005 when Boro came to SN1 in the LDV Vans Trophy. 

The first ever tie between the two was in an FA Cup third round tie in January 1998. Steve McMahon’s side were embarrassed by non-league Stevenage who ran out 2-1 winners thanks to a goal from future Town front-man Giuliano Grazioli.

TICKETS

The Excalibur Stand will be open with kids able to get in the stand for just £1. To take advantage of this promotion, tickets must be purchased BEFORE 12 noon on Saturday.

Tickets are on sale now so buy in person from the STFC Box Office or call 0871 876 1993 or alternatively, you can buy online by clicking here.

#TICKETSEARCH

Two tickets to tomorrow's game have been placed by the club somewhere in Swindon for one lucky fan to find. 

If you are lucky enough to find them, please take a picture with the tickets and send a tweet to @Official_STFC. 

To find the prize, you will need to be visiting one of our official club partners where you can find IT...

HALF TIME DRAW

The Supporters Club are pleased to announce that for the season end finale, the prizes for the 50/50 draw at this match will be as follows.

1st  Prize -  £1000
2nd Prize - A season ticket for the forthcoming season
3rd Prize -  A new first team shirt for season 2013/14

Please note cash alternatives are not available for the 2nd or 3rd prizes. 




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