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Preview: Stevenage (H)

17 April 2015

Stanley's penultimate home game of the season sees Stevenage visit the Store First Stadium.

Ahead of kick off, the official website has all the information you might need:A midweek point at Hartlepool mathematically secure League Two football for another season and now the Reds have three games to ensure the highest position possible in the final table for this campaign.

The visitors for the penultimate league home game are Stevenage, a side in a play-off place and looking for a return to League One.

The Reds were beaten in the return game at Broadhall Way earlier in the season and will look to even things up with three points.[/vc_tab]Terry Gornell returns to the squad after serving his three match ban following a red card at Morecambe.

Andy Procter is definitely out for the season after suffering a setback in his recovery from his ankle problem.

Matt Crooks is also unlikely to feature due to a calf problem and youngster Keenan Quansah is unwell.[/vc_tab]Stevenage have spent six of the last 10 seasons in the Conference Premier, one season in League Two and three seasons in League One.

Boro were promoted from the Conference in the 2009/10 season after winning the league title. They then made it back to back promotions the following season after winning the League Two play offs. After beating Stanley in the semi-finals, Boro defeated Torquay United 1-0 at Old Trafford in the play-off final with the goal coming from John Mousinho.

They then spent the following three seasons in League One, before being relegated last season after finishing bottom of the table.[/vc_tab]

Graham Westley

47 year old Westley is currently in his third spell as Boro manager, after being reappointed at the club in 2013. Westley's other spells at the club were between 2003 and 2006 and between 2008 and 2012. During his managerial career Westley has managed a total of seven different clubs, after having spells at Kingstonian, Enfield, Farnborough Town, Rushden and Diamonds, Preston North End and as caretaker manager at Kettering.

Prior to being a manager Westley had spells at several different clubs, including Enfield, Kingstonian and Wycombe Wanderers before his playing career was cut short due to injury.

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Chris Beardsley

Beardsley returned to Stevenage in July 2014.

The 30-year old striker previously made 117 appearances for Boro between 2009 and 2012, scoring 22 goals, and was part of the successful squad which secured back-to-back promotions from the Conference and League Two before reaching the League One play-offs the following season.

The front man returned to Stevenage after spells at Preston and Bristol Rovers.

[/vc_tab]The two sides have met on eleven previous occasions and Stevenage have had the best of them with six victories.

Stanley have won three, with the last one coming in November 2010.

Earlier this season Chris Whelpdale and Charlie Lee scored the goals as Stevenage beat the Reds 2-1.[/vc_tab]Stanley are now unbeaten in four games following the midweek draw with Hartlepool United.

John Coleman's team remain 17th in League Two and five points from the top half.

Stevenage are unbeaten in five matches with the last three of those being wins.

They sit sixth in the table, seven points behind Southend and three better off than Plymouth.[/vc_tab]

Stanley

Gornell 8 (5 for Cheltenham)

Mingoia 8

McCartan 6

Windass 6

Gray 5

Maguire 5

Naismith 4

Joyce 4

Atkinson 4

Stevenage

Lee 9

Pett 7

Whelpdale 7

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Scott Mathieson (Cheshire)

Vastly experienced official who has taken charge of some big Football League games over the last decade.

His last Stanley game was the 1-0 win at Mansfield in October.

This season: 16 games, 38 yellow cards, 8 red cards[/vc_tab]Admission prices for the game are:

Adults £20

Over 65′s & Students £15

Under 18′s £10

Accompanied Under 12′s £5

For more information on Stevenage, why not visit their official website www.stevenagefc.co.uk[/vc_tab]


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