BORO LIVE: Stevenage Boro v Kidderminster Harriers preview

Stevenage Borough v Kidderminster HarriersFA Trophy semi-final, second legSaturday, March 20 - 3pm kick offLamex Stadium, Broadhall Way, Stevenage, SG2 8RH The season so farBORO take a four goal advantage into the second leg of their FA Trophy semi

Stevenage Borough v Kidderminster Harriers

FA Trophy semi-final, second leg

Saturday, March 20 - 3pm kick off

Lamex Stadium, Broadhall Way, Stevenage, SG2 8RH

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The season so far

BORO take a four goal advantage into the second leg of their FA Trophy semi-final and lead the Blue Square Premier by the same number.

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Graham Westley's men increased the gap at the top of the table to four points with a Jon Ashton winner in Tuesday evening's narrow 1-0 victory over Histon, with Oxford United not in action.

Boro can now boast the meanest defence in the division as well as the best attack after the mid-week win made it five league clean-sheets in a row.

Kidderminster had been on a nine match unbeaten run before Boro's five-goal display in the first leg but could only follow it up with a 3-1 defeat at Luton in the week.

The result sees Steve Burr's men slip a place to 11th in the Blue Square.

Road to the semi-finals

Having won the FA Trophy last year Boro began this year's campaign at home to Ebbsfleet United. Goals from Chris Beardsley and David Bridges booked them a place in the second round.

Another home tie awaited Boro in the next round and this time Vauxhall Motors were the visitors but they were sent back to the North West on the back of a 6-0 drubbing.

David Bridges (two), Mark Roberts, Lee Boylan, Stacy Long and Andy Drury scored for Boro.

Next to visit the Lamex Stadium were Dover Athletic who, although having taken the lead in the 23rd minute, were eventually beaten 4-1 with Tim Sills, Chris Beardsley, Michael Bostwick and Yemi Odubade getting the goals.

Boro were home again in the quarter-finals with Workington the opponents. Again Graham Westley's men had to come from behind to win with a Stacy Long brace sending them through 2-1.

Last time out saw a five star performance at Aggborough which puts Boro in a commanding position for the home tie and a trip to Wembley.

David Brides continued his impressive cup form with another two goals in the first half, with Yemi Odubade also on the score-sheet.

Chris Beardsley then notched a double himself in the second period to make it 5-1 which put a very different perspective on proceedings after Kidderminster's Gavin Caines had earlier made it 1-1.

Kidderminster began the campaign with a 2-0 win away to Matlock Town with two goals in the final 12 minutes before leaving it late at home to Lewis on January 19 when a 90th minute goal from Gavin Caines sealed a 3-2 home win.

Steve Burr's men then travelled to Worcester City and Chris McPhee scored the only goal of the game as he booked his side a quarter-final spot against Oxford United.

The underdogs for that match, Kiddie returned from the Kassam Stadium 2-1 winners courtesy of a late Robbie Matthews goal.

Harriers now face an even tougher task at the Lamex Stadium to overcome the four goal deficit inflicted at home.

Team news

Chris Beardsley limped out of Tuesday's 1-0 win over Histon and may not be risked on Saturday. Michael Bostwick sits out the second of his two game ban so Darren Murphy is expected to continue in midfield.

The visitors have a host of injuries going into the game, with Dean Bennett, Gavin Caines and John Finnigan all due to be assessed beforehand.


For those of you unable to attend Saturday's game, you can keep up to date with the action at the Lamex Stadium through our BORO LIVE service.

We'll be bringing up minute-by-minute updates, including team news before kick. The service will start 30 minutes prior to kick off.

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