Stevenage prepare for 2,000 miles worth of Sky Bet League Two journeys in two months
PUBLISHED: 14:21 07 January 2016 | UPDATED: 14:21 07 January 2016
Die hard Stevenage supporters are set to cover more than 2,000 miles on their away travels during January and February alone, including visits to Carlisle, Hartlepool and Plymouth.
On Saturday (January 9), Boro start their year of away tours with a journey to Nottinghamshire to face Mansfield Town at Field Mill, but this 236 mile round trip is just the start of longer treks to come for fans.
Having won just two of their 12 league games away from the Lamex Stadium this season, and five in total in 2015, away supporters will be hoping for better things to come in the new year.
Having faced Mansfield twice in 2015, losing both without scoring a goal themselves, Stevenage will be looking that a change of fortune will break this particular duck, beginning their 2016 of away days in style.
Mansfield is the shortest away trip of the next five upcoming away fixtures, with Plymouth following a week later.
Having last visited Home Park on a Tuesday night in 2014, Stevenage fans will be praying for their recent trend of conceding late goals to come to an end, which was their downfall in their previous visit to Plymouth.
Their previous two league trips to the south west this season (to Yeovil and Exeter) finished in high scoring draws of 2-2 and 3-3 respectively, with Stevenage themselves equalising late, on both occasions.
From an entertainment perspective, surely Stevenage fans would be satisfied with a repeat, but as far as results go, Teddy Sheringham’s men will be searching for all three points, which would come to delight of the few fans making the round trip of 518 miles.
With a derby game at home to Barnet on January 23, Stevenage will be back on their travels to York, where they began their travels in 2015, with a 2-1 win at a similar time of year.
A straightforward trip up the A1 against a struggling York City would be three points that the fans would be disappointed not to bring home.
The 252 mile trip is the easiest and one of the cheapest for the fans, bang in the middle of this sequence of long journeys, with a direct train from Stevenage to York being an alternative route to the road.
Despite only two away fixtures in February, Stevenage face two of the longest journeys all season, heading north to both Hartlepool and Carlisle. Hartlepool is the first of these away trips for the fans to consider, and then regret the 452 mile drive afterwards, which is expected to be a cold Tuesday night in the north east.
Stevenage currently sit two league places ahead of the Pool, despite the gap being seven points, which of course could change between now and February 9.
Having beaten them comfortably 2-0 in the reverse fixture, Boro will be hoping that their currently injury-plagued squad can complete the double at Victoria Park.
Finally, Stevenage round-off their nightmare two months of travelling with the longest and most dreaded of them all: the recently flooded Cumbrians, Carlisle United.
Despite their recent troubles, all football fans will be hoping that Carlisle will be back at their home of Brunton Park, as we would all hate to travel to other towns to watch our favourite team play home games away from home.
Stevenage fans will be travelling via the A1 for the majority of the 546 miles, which totals up to over nine hours on the road, to a location where they often struggle.
Their last win at Brunton Park was 11 years ago, where they completed the double over the Cumbrians in the Conference (both 2-1), where Carlisle then got their revenge in the play-off final at the Britannia Stadium, edging a crucial 1-0 victory.
For Stevenage fans who plan to complete all five of these away trips over the next six weeks, they will travel a total of 2004.8 miles, meaning 35 hours on the road.