Ill discipline’s hurting Boro

MARCUS CRAWLEY reports STEVENAGE Boro s terrible disciplinary record is threatening to wreck their chances of reaching this season s Conference play-offs. Boro s record is by far the worst of all the 22 Conference teams. Justin Gregory s red card at Heref

MARCUS CRAWLEY reports

STEVENAGE Boro's terrible disciplinary record is threatening to wreck their chances of reaching this season's Conference play-offs.

Boro's record is by far the worst of all the 22 Conference teams.

Justin Gregory's red card at Hereford in their 2-0 defeat was their ninth dismissal this season in the league, three more than the next worst team (Gravesend).

And their yellow count of 67 in 32 matches - more than two a game - easily exceeds the next worst offenders, Tamworth with 60 cautions.

Gregory was sent off for his second booking on Monday and three others also went into the book - new recruits Adam Miller and Jefferson Louis plus central defender Matt Hocking.

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The side with the best disciplinary record - Nigel Clough's FA Cup stars Burton Albion - are the next visitors to Broadhall Way on Saturday, March 11.

The Brewers have picked up 31 cautions and just one red card in their 32 league matches so far this season.

Boro are without a game this Saturday before they look to repeat their FA Cup heroics at Exeter City - another well-behaved team - in midweek.

They travel to St James' Park to meet the Grecians on Tuesday night in another vital clash.

Boro boss Graham Westley said: "We need six or seven wins in our last 10 games to be sure of reaching the play-offs again."

Club captain Jason Goodliffe, continuing his comeback from injury, played the full 90 minutes as a youthful reserve side were beaten 6-1 by their more experienced Luton Town counterparts at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday.