Stevenage v Cheltenham Town - preview
Boro looking to make it three wins on the bounce
Stevenage v Cheltenham Town – match preview
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Saturday, February 26
Stevenage go into their match against Cheltenham on the back of two away wins in succession with the results moving Graham Westley’s men to within five points of the play-off places.
Victories at Crewe Alexandra (1-0) and Port Vale (3-1) in the space of four days saw Stevenage put an end to their winless run of six games and also saw them win away from the Lamex Stadium for the first time since November 2.
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The wins were also Boro’s first back-to-back away triumphs since September.
Cheltenham visit Boro on the back of a run of seven games without a win, their last victory coming against Port Vale on January 22. Since then they have lost three and drawn four. They had to rely on a late Wesley Thomas goal to earn a point against Torquay United on Tuesday evening, Thomas’ 16th league goal of the season.
Last time these two sides met
Stevenage’s trip to Cheltenham back in September saw Boro lose by a single goal while winger Lawrie Wilson was given his marching orders deep into injury time after receiving his second yellow card.
Thomas was Town’s scorer, heading in Shaun Jeffers’ cross, but it was Cheltenham’s only effort at goal – either on or off target – as Boro dominated proceedings but failed to make their chances count.
Cheltenham: Brown, Lowe, Andrew, Gallinagh, Elliott, Pook, Low, Melligan (Pack, 84), Shroot (Smikle, 61), Thomas, Jeffers (Goulding, 90+1). Subs: Lloyd-Weston, Bird, Watkins, Lewis.
Boro: Day, Wilson, Laird, Ashton, Roberts (Sinclair, 79), Henry, Byrom, Bostwick, Griffin, Odubade (Vincenti, 81), Sills (Winn, 74). Subs: Bayes, Foster, Mousinho, Boylan.
John Mousinho, who has just returned from a groin injury, was withdrawn early in the second half at Port Vale but it was just a precaution and is expected to start again Cheltenham.
Craig Reid, who also left the pitch early on Tuesday with a knock, is also likely to be involved, while Darren Murphy is not far away from a first team recall following his recovery from a broken leg.
Defender Keith Lowe is likely to miss out for Cheltenham after going off injured against Torquay, while boss Mark Yates was hoping to bring in at least one new face ahead of the clash.
Boro: Day, Laird, Henry, Ashton, Roberts, Mousinho, Bostwick, Wilson, Winn, Harrison, Reid.
Cheltenham: Brown, Pack, Elliott, Riley, Andrew, Smikle, Bird, Artus, Goulding, Green, Thomas.
Top scorers: Boro – Chris Holroyd (6); Cheltenham – Wesley Thomas (16)
Assists: Boro – Lawrie Wilson (6); Cheltenham – Brian Smikle (6)
Clean sheets: Boro 9; Cheltenham 8
Fouls committed: Boro 389; Cheltenham 298
Yellow/red cards: Boro 48/4; Cheltenham 31/0