Fleet out to rain on Boro's parade - preview

TWO games against Ebbsfleet United is all that separates Boro from another FA Trophy Final at Wembley, but despite the Fleet s poor league position it s going to be a far from easy encounter for Graham Westley s men. Last year s winner of the Trophy, Fle

TWO games against Ebbsfleet United is all that separates Boro from another FA Trophy Final at Wembley, but despite the Fleet's poor league position it's going to be a far from easy encounter for Graham Westley's men.

Last year's winner of the Trophy, Fleet have had a torrid league campaign finding themselves just one place above the relegation zone but on the Trophy trail, Fleet have been in good form knocking out play-off hopefuls Wrexham in the quarter finals.

Last Meeting - Stevenage haven't got a good record against the Fleet so far this season losing on both of their trips to Kent. The teams last met in the Setanta Shield in December when two goals from Stacy Long and a strike from George Purcell gave Fleet a 3-0 win, a slightly better result for Boro than the 4-0 thrashing they were given in the league fixture at Stonebridge Road.

Form - Fleet's last league win came back in January when they beat Rushden & Diamonds 1-0. Since then they've lost to Woking and drawn 4-4 with Crawley and 0-0 with York.


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The FA Trophy has provided a welcome distraction for Fleet with a 2-0 win over Bognor Regis in the first round followed by a 2-1 win over Stalybridge Celtic. A 2-0 win over Swindon Supermarine set up a quarter final tie with Wrexham who Fleet saw off 3-1 in a replay after the two sides drew 0-0 in Wales.

Players to Watch - Former Cambridge City striker Michael Gash is Fleet's main goalscoring threat with 11 goals to his name so far this season. The striker, who moved to Stonebridge Road in the summer, was signed after the club's MyFootballClub members raised �20,000 to make the move possible.

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Pulling the strings in midfield is former Charlton Athletic trainee Long who joined the club in 2006 and has gone on to make over 100 appearances. The cultured midfielder has many won many admirers with his box-to-box approach.

Another threat to the Boro defence will come in the form of Luke Moore. A graduate from the club's youth team who can play in midfield or attack, Moore has scored 10 goals this season including three penalties.

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