PREVIEW: Exeter City v Stevenage
PUBLISHED: 15:47 02 March 2012 | UPDATED: 16:29 02 March 2012
Boro looking to put recent slump behind them as they travel to struggling Grecians
Exeter City v Stevenage – preview
Saturday, March 3
St James Park, Stadium Way, Exeter, EX4 6PX
Stevenage hope to end their run of four games without a win at Exeter City this Saturday.
After Boro’s 0-0 draw with Tottenham in the FA Cup Fifth Round on February 19 Stevenage posted back to back defeats on their travels to Notts County and Charlton Athletic before coming back from two goals down to draw with Huddersfield Town on Tuesday.
That result moved Gary Smith’s men back into the play-off places, level on 49 points with Notts County (8th) and Carlisle United (9th), ahead of this weekend’s match with The Grecians, a team just one point clear of the League 1 relegation zone.
Stevenage will be hoping that both Jon Ashton (flu) and Chris Beardsley (hamstring) will be back in contention, but the match may come too soon for goalkeeper Chris Day who went off at half-time against the Terriers midweek with a shoulder injury. If Day misses the game at St James, Alan Julian, who came on for the former Crystal Palace man midweek, will step in for his third start this season.
Exeter City are likely to give new loan signing Jamie Cureton some game time, and could start with the former Norwich City and Reading striker who signed from Leyton Orient this week. The Grecians are currently the second lowest scorers in the league and Cureton’s deal to return to cash-strapped City, where he scored 20 goals last season, was funded by sponsors Follett Stock.
Full-back Aaron Dawson, who made his debut for the club last weekend, is also set to feature.
Player to watch
Alan Julian – if Day is unable to recover in time, Julian will deputise between the sticks. The No.2 ‘keeper was at fault for Huddersfield’s second goal midweek but will be hopeful of a better day at the office on Saturday.
Jamie Cureton – the experienced striker is back with The Grecians, and will be looking to kick-start a season which has seen him start on the bench more times than in the starting XI for new club Leyton Orient.
Last time they met
Stevenage drew 0-0 with Exeter City on the opening day of the 2011-12 season.
League record: 19th P33 W8 D9 L16 F30 A49 PTS33
Top scorer (league): Daniel Nardiello 7
Most appearances: David Noble, Troy Archibald-Henville 32
Match referee: Gary Sutton