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18 August 2017

Town head to Stevenage on Saturday afternoon (3pm) as they look to bounce back from defeat last weekend.

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Ticket news for Stevenage vs Grimsby Town on 19 Aug 17

18 August 2017

The Mariners went down 2-0 at home to Coventry City at Blundell Park in somewhat controversial circumstances and will be looking to rectify that to earn their second straight win away from home after the opening day win over Chesterfield.

Fixture News

Oldham To Officiate Stevenage Clash

17 August 2017

Vernon and Berrett to miss out

Town will be without Scott Vernon after the striker picked up a calf strain prior to kick off against Coventry, whilst James Berrett will also be unavailable after his sending off in the closing stages of the clash against the Sky Blues.

Club News

Stevange v Town - Match Betting

17 August 2017

Long term absentees Akwasi Asante and Jamey Osborne remain injured but Chris Clements and Sean McAllister both got some vital minutes in their legs in a behind closed doors game with Scunthorpe United in midweek so could be in contention for a place in the squad. Sam Kelly trained on Thursday and his availability looks to be touch and go until kick off, whilst Zak Mills should return after serving a one match suspension.

Stevenage's only injury worry is Jack King, who is nursing a groin strain and missed their last fixture. Boss Darren Sarll also admits that striker Matt Godden is short of match fitness but he should still retain his place despite that.

Stevenage looking for first victory

Boro boss Darren Sarll will be looking to get his first victory at the weekend after two draws and a Carabao Cup defeat so far this campaign.

Boro began their season with a thrilling 3-3 draw against Newport County on the opening day, where Sarll's side were pegged back on three separate occasions after taking the lead. They then went out of the League Cup with a 2-0 loss to Millwall before a Mikael Mandron equaliser saw them draw 1-1 draw at Colchester United.

Sarll took charge at the club n 

A strong second half to last season saw Stevenage flirt with the play-offs last time out before eventually finishing tenth, and he has kept the majority of the squad from that campaign whilst spreading new faces across the team.

The most notable of those are midfielder Harry Beautyman from Northampton and young striker Danny Newton from Tamworth, who has scored in both of Stevenage's games thus far after 38 goals in 75 games.

Last time out

Town's first home game of the campaign saw them beat Stevenage 5-2 last August before they went down to a 2-0 defeat in the reverse game at the Lamex Stadium.

Steve Schumacher and Jobi McAnuff grabbed the goals that day and the Mariners will be hoping for a better performance this time out.

Saturday will be only the third time the two sides have ever played each other after spending much of their history at opposite ends of the football spectrum.

Managers in summary

Russell Slade:Stevenage have drawn their first two games. They have been very competitive. "They are a good strong side and particularly so at home. They will press us, make life difficult for us, and I think he has made some good signings. “

Darren Sarll: He (Slade) has managed some massive football clubs. Grimsby will be a good side in the shape that Russell always produces his sides. They will want to pass the football, they will try and play in between the lines and they will all have good movement in terms of their rotation in the attacking side.”

 

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Match Report: Stevenage 3-1 Grimsby Town

Ten-man Town fall to second loss in three league games

19 August 2017

Grimsby Town suffered a second consecutive defeat as they slipped to a 3-1 loss at Stevenage.

The Mariners were looking to bounce back after being beaten by Coventry City in their first home game of the season last week but first-half goals from Danny Newton and Jonathan Smith left them with a mountain to climb.

That task got even tougher when Sam Jones became the third Grimsby player to be sent off so far this season after an off-the-ball incident, before substitute Ben Kennedy made sure of Stevenage’s victory with a third goal five minutes after the hour.

Danny Collins pulled a goal back for the visitors with nine minutes to go but it proved only to be a consolation as the opening day success at Chesterfield remained as their only source of points so far this campaign.

Three changes were made to the Town side, with striker JJ Hooper given his first start, Zak Mills returning from suspension and Sam Kelly back in after recovering from injury.

James McKeown started in goal, with Mills, Nathan Clarke, Collins and Paul Dixon in defence.

Siriki Dembele, Luke Summerfield, Mitch Rose and Kelly were the midfielders, with Jones supporting Hooper in attack.

Ben Davies and Harry Cardwell were named on the bench after dropping out of the starting XI, with Ben Killip, Sean McAllister, Karleigh Osborne, Tom Bolarinwa and Diallang Jaiyesimi also selected as substitutes.

Stevenage’s main threat would be likely to come from former Scunthorpe striker Matt Godden, who finished last season with 21 goals.

Town started promisingly in possession but Stevenage had the first shot, although Godden’s effort was blocked for a throw-in.

Captain Ronnie Henry then hit a shot off-target after Town failed to get the ball clear, before Rose was fouled after making a good interception as the hosts attacked again on six minutes.

Rose was the first player to be booked after a foul four minutes later, although Joe Martin sent the resulting free kick into the Town fans gathered behind the goal.

Left-back Martin had a corner to take soon afterwards as the hosts continued to attack but centre-back Fraser Franks headed over the bar from the flag-kick.

At the other end, Jones hit a shot wide after play had been allowed to continue following a foul on Kelly.

Hooper tried a shot from 25 yards on 20 minutes but it lacked power and home keeper Joe Fyer made a comfortable stop.

Another moment of promise came with a run from Jones which was unfairly stopped just outside the box.  Summerfield’s free kick went around the wall and was not held by Fryer, although the referee ruled the ball had not crossed the line before the keeper managed to get to it at the second attempt.

Dembele went down inside the penalty area on the half-hour as the Mariners attacked again but referee Scott Oldham waved play on.

Stevenage striker Danny Newton saw a shot from 25 yards saved by McKeown on 35 minutes.

But two minutes later, the keeper was left helpless as the home side took the lead out of nothing.  As the Town defence stood off him, NEWTON lofted the ball over his shoulder and beyond McKeown into the net.

Newton missed another chance soon afterwards as Stevenage looked to double their lead before half-time.

And the pressure continued with a home corner after a cross from Henry was flicked away.  The ball towards Newton at the far post was not fully dealt with but Godden’s overhead kick flew off-target.

Town were looking to get to the break with their deficit at just one goal but they could not manage it as the hosts increased their lead on the stroke of half-time.  A free kick given for a foul by Dixon was not properly dealt with and SMITH was able to turn and fire into the net from inside the box.

Four added minutes were played at the end of the half, with a home corner cleared from danger in the third of them.  That proved to be the last attacking opportunity before the interval, with Town facing a tough task in the second half to get anything from the game.

Cardwell and Bolarinwa were sent on in place of Hooper and Kelly for the Mariners before the restart and Smith escaped an early booking after a foul on Dembele.

Dembele won a corner five minutes in and after a short ball, the winger cut in and shot but could only watch it drift wide.

Bolarinwa had an effort which was stopped by keeper Fryer, before another corner came when a cross from Jones was not taken by the keeper.  From the flag, the Town fans were appealing for a penalty for a handball against Dale Gorman but the referee gave no decision.

Soon afterwards, the Mariners were reduced to 10 men for the third time in three games so far this season when Jones was shown the red card for an off-the-ball incident involving Gorman.

Ben Kennedy replaced Alex Samuel as Stevenage made their first substitution just before the hour.

And the substitute did not have to wait long to be celebrating a goal, as he made it 3-0 on 65 minutes.  KENNEDY got the ball outside the penalty area and fired a left-footed shot into the top corner to seal the points for the home side.

A Cardwell header went over the bar as Town looked for a consolation goal, before a shot by Tom Pett at the other end was stopped by McKeown.

Stevenage made a double substitution with 10 minutes to go as Mark McKee replaced Godden and Tom Conlon came on for Smith.

A minute later, the Mariners fans finally had something to cheer as their side got themselves on the scoresheet.  A foul on Rose led to Gorman being booked and the free kick from Summerfield was met by COLLINS, who headed into the net for 3-1.

Jaiyesimi replaced Dembele in Town’s final substitution of the afternoon but despite Collins’ goal, the points were now lost.

Three added minutes were played and Stevenage were able to comfortably see the remainder of the game out to confirm their victory.

Town will now look ahead to Tuesday’s rearranged Carabao Cup first round clash with Derby County at Blundell Park.


Stevenage: Fryer,Henry, Wilkinson, Franks, J Martin,Samuel, Smith, Gorman, Pett, Godden, Newton.

Subs: Whelpdale, Beautyman, Kennedy, Day, Conlon, Vancooten, McKee.

Town: McKeown, Mills, Clarke, Collins, Dixon, Dembele, Rose, Summerfield, Jones, Hooper, Kelly.

Subs: Davies, McAllister, Osborne,  Cardwell, Bolarinwa, Jaiyesimi, Killip.


Attendance: 2793 (770)


Referee: Scott Oldham
Assistants: Andrew Aylott, Christopher Wade
Fourth official: Kevin Howick 

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Read this important advice and information ahead of Saturday's trip to Stevenage.

Capacity: 6,920 (Seating 3,412)
Address: Broadhall Way, Stevenage, SG2 8RH
Telephone: 01438 223 223
Pitch Size: 110 x 70 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: Boro

Tickets & Entry to the stadium.

Please arrive in good time as full searches will be carried out. 

Town fans will be housed in the South Stand and should enter the stadium via gates 17-21.

GTFC supporters should be aware that there will be NO cash entry on the turnstiles.

Turnstile entry will be ticket only and it is advised that fans purchase in-advance.

Tickets are cheaper if purchased in advance and can be bought from the Blundell Park Ticket Office and Online for collection from Blundell Park until 4pm on Friday 18th August.

Adults (Aged 22-59) - £21
Concessions - £18
Under 22 - £13
Under 16 - £9
Under 12 - £7

Inside the stadium.

Catering and toilet facilities are available to away fans underneath this stand - however no alcohol is available to Town fans inside the ground.

Where to drink.

Town centre pubs are happy to have away supporters they are:

The Old Post Office – The Plaza, Town Square, Stevenage SG1 1BP
The Standard Bearer – The Plaza, 1, Town Square, Stevenage SG1 1PF

(Walk from town to the ground is about 20 mins).

No away supporters allowed at the Broadhall Suite which is at the ground.

Celebrity Watch.

Marty Wilde the singing sensation of the late 1950’s and early 60’s comes from these parts. His daughter Kim (We’re The Kids In America) probably wasn’t born in Stevenage

And we think that Dick Turpin - the infamous highway robber – plied his trade not far from here?

How to get there.

Leave the A1(M) at Junction 7 and take the A602 towards Stevenage. Go straight across the first roundabout and as you approach the next roundabout you can see the floodlights of the ground over on the right. However, if you go straight across the roundabout then you will see the entrance to a large car park on your left, which is free to park in. The car park though has only one entrance/exit, so this can lead to bit of a bottleneck after the game has finished.

Car Parking.

Please avoid parking at the nearby Roaring Meg Retail Park on Saturday matchdays as you are only allowed to park there for 90 minutes. Staying longer could see you with a £100 parking ticket.

Otherwise there is street parking to be found in the local area.

Coaches: Coaches to park at Fairland’s Valley car park (this is opposite the stadium).

Post Code for SAT NAV: SG2 8RH

By Train.

Stevenage Railway Station is about one mile away from the Lamex Stadium.

Town Kit.

Shirts: Blue
Shorts: Blue
Socks: Blue

Previous Meetings (we've only met twice). 

FL-4 27-Aug-16 H Stevenage W 5 2 4,425
FL-4 28-Jan-17 A Stevenage L 0 2 3,394

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