Match preview: Cheltenham Town v Stevenage

Charlie Lee celebrates scoring against Cheltenham Town earlier this season. Photo: Harry Hubbard

Charlie Lee celebrates scoring against Cheltenham Town earlier this season. Photo: Harry Hubbard - Credit: Archant

Boro haven’t won in five and will be hoping for three points against the league’s basement side

Stevenage have six games left in their battle to force their way into a League 2 play-off place.

Graham Westley’s men drew 2-2 at home to Micky Adams’ Tranmere Rovers side on Good Friday to move above Luton Town, who blew a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 at home to Exeter City, and into eighth place in the table.

Boro have won just once in their last six matches, their last victory coming at home to Newport County on March 7.

Yet while they remain on the periphery of the play-offs – two points behind Plymouth Argyle – only Exeter City of the teams immediately below them have shown any sort of form heading into the hone straight.

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The Grecians have picked up 14 points out of the last available 18 compared to AFC Wimbledon (eight), Northampton Town (seven), and Luton Town (no points).

Stevenage’s position this year is different from the last time they were seeking promotion out of League 2.

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By this stage of the 2010-11 season, Boro had already moved into the play-off places with 63 points following six consecutive wins.

They then won just one of their remaining six matches – 1-0 against Port Vale – and picked up three draws on their way to finishing in sixth place with 69 points.

They will be hoping to add to their tally of 59 so far this campaign when they travel to Cheltenham Town on Monday.

Town appointed Gary Johnson as their new manager last week, but he was unable to inspire them to victory on Friday as his side lost 1-0 to fellow strugglers York City.

Before that game Johnson had said that ‘if you are going to war, you want to go to war with somebody who has been there and I have been there’.

Cheltenham will be without defender Kane Ferdinand for Monday’s match after the man on loan from Peterborough United was ruled out for the rest of the season following a double cheek fracture in training last week.

Boro, who beat Cheltenham 5-1 the last time the two sides met back in November, could welcome back Dean Parrett who went off injured with a knee injury against Burton Albion last Monday and missed Friday’s draw with Tranmere Rovers.

Jon Ashton is also back from injury, while striker Kevin Lisbie missed Friday’s game with an ankle injury.

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