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Match Preview - Stevenage v Rovers

18 February 2022

Rovers' latest test in the league comes at former Rovers boss Paul Tisdale's Stevenage.

Last time out, the Gas comfortably saw off Sutton United at The Mem, winning 2-0 - a scoreline which flattered the opposition. Next up for Rovers is a trip to the Lamex Stadium to take on Stevenage in our latest Sky Bet League Two test.

Manager's Preview

Form Guide

Stevenage currently occupy 17th place in the Sky Bet League Two table with 33 points from 32 games. In their last fixture, The Boro played out a 0-0 draw away against Barrow. Across their last six fixtures, Stevenage have taken six points out of a possible 18. Their last win in the league came against Harrogate Town, winning 3-0 at the Lamex Stadium.

Elliott List is the leading marksman for Boro this season. List has found the back of the net on eight occasions in his 22 appearances in the league. List's last goals in the league for Stevenage came in November when he scored twice against Rochdale to secure a point for Boro in a 2-2 draw.

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Familiar Faces 

Rovers academy graduate, Chris Lines currently plys his trade with Saturday's opponents. Lines made 314 for the Gas across three spells with the club, scoring 31 times. Lines first left Rovers in 2011, departing for Sheffield Wednesday. The midfielder found himself back in BS7 on-loan from Port Vale in 2015 and joined Rovers permanently for the second time in the summer of the same year. Lines remained at Rovers until 2019 when he departed for Northampton Town and stayed with The Cobblers until January 2021 when he joined Stevenage. 

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James Daly joined Rovers last season from Premier League side, Crystal Palace. Daly made 31 appearances for Rovers last campaign, scoring three goals for the Gas. Daly departed Rovers in the summer of 2021 when he joined Stevenage for who he has made 10 appearances so far this season.

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Ref Watch

Andy Woolmer is the match official at the Lamex Stadium on Saturday afternoon. This season in Sky Bet League Two, Woolmer has been in charge for three games. Across his three games in the league this season, Woolmer averages 25.00 fouls every 90 minutes. Woolmer has produced eight yellow cards in his games in League Two this campaign, averaging 2.67 yellow cards per game. Woolmer's last game in League Two came in Forest Green Rovers' 3-1 home victory against Salford City back in October 2021.

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Betting Preview

EFL sponsors, Sky Bet have priced Rovers at 15/8 for the win on Saturday afternoon. Rovers can also be backed at 33/1 to win the game 0-3. On the goal-scorer markets, Harry Anderson is priced at 14/1 to open the scoring on Saturday. Connor Taylor can be backed at 14/1 to score at any time in the match.

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Match Reports

Match Report - Stevenage 0-4 Rovers

19 February 2022

A rampant display at The Lamex from the Gas.

Rovers boss Joey Barton named an unchanged starting XI for the clash at The Lamex Stadium with Ryan Loft coming back into the matchday squad as a substitute.

Wet and windy conditions before the match were replaced with bright sunshine at kick-off and Rovers looked the brighter side at the start of the match and had the first sight of the goal early on with Nicholson setting up Finley after a jinking run, the midfielder was unfortunate to drag his shot wide of Christy Pym's goal.

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The travelling Gas had another chance in front of the Boro goal in the 9th minute. Harry Anderson's attempted shot was blocked by the Stevenage defence only for the ball to rebound to the in-form Aaron Collins. The Rovers No. 10 looked to hit a fierce shot towards goal but was only able to hit the hands of Pym who was well-positioned to save the shot on his goal.

The hosts had a flurry of chances in the 14th minute. A long throw-in from Luke O'Neil caused uncertainty in the Rovers penalty area. Three consecutive blocks from the Rovers defenders kept Boro at arm's length and the Gas were able to clear the ball away from danger.

Collins had another sight of goal on the 21st minute after Harry Anderson cut the ball back to the forward. Looking to pull it back across the goalkeeper, Aaron only managed to find the legs of Pym. Stevenage then looked to hit on the counter-attack, Paul Coutts was shown the first caution of the match after halting the hosts' counter-attack.

Luke Norris then missed a glaring chance after being played in on goal. The forward was only able to lift the ball over the bar much to the delight of the 703 travelling Gasheads.

Elliot Anderson then bamboozled the Stevenage players in the box shortly after. Going left and right he dug out a shot which flew just wide of the far post and behind for a Boro goal-kick. Bestwick was booked shortly after the goalmouth action after fouling Finley just inside the Boro half.

Finley came so close to opening the scoring after surging past the Stevenage defenders and rounding Pym only for his goalbound shot to be deflected wide of the target for a Rovers corner kick. Moments later, Finley found the back of the net. A beautiful curling effort from the edge of the box beat Pym all the ends up and flew into the top corner to make it 0-1 to the Gas.

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Rovers were asserting their dominance on the game now and came close to doubling their lead through Elliot Anderson. The Newcastle loanee looked to loop a shot over Pym, but the Boro 'keeper was on hand to tip the ball over.

Rovers began the second half as they ended the first, with a goal. Elliot Anderson got on the end of Sam Nicholson's clever back heel flick and fired a venomous shot past Pym for his first goal in blue and white.

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The Gas were on the ascendancy now, with Aaron's effort being well saved by Pym again. Rovers found the third goal soon enough. Nicholson picked out the other Anderson on the field, Harry, who fired home from close range for his second goal in as many games. 

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Nicholson then had his chance to get on the scoresheet. Aaron played in the Rovers No. 11 who looked to lift his effort over Pym but the Boro 'keeper spread his body and blocked the Scots effort on his goal.

Rovers made their first change of the afternoon on the hour mark. Paul Coutts being replaced by Glenn Whelan for the remaining 30 minutes.

Rovers came close to making it four after Elliot's superb ball found itself at Nicholson's feet. The Rovers winger bore down on Pym's goal but was unable to squeeze a shot through the Boro No. 1's legs. Nicholson was then replaced by the returning Ryan Loft in the 69th minute, with the winger receiving an ovation from the Gasheads behind Pym's goal.

Belshaw was called into action in the 72nd minute. A quick dive to his left to deny a headed effort from the Stevenage attackers and turn it behind for a corner. Up the other end, Loft was involved straight away. Ryan ran at Clements and looked to catch Pym out at his near post with his effort only for the ball to cannon off the bar and fall at Aaron's feet for a tap in to put the Gas four up.

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Rovers looked to make it five through Thomas' mazy run who then played in Collins but the hosts were able to regain the ball. The Gas comfortably saw out the remainder of the game at The Lamex and head back to BS7 with a thoroughly deserved three points in the bag.

Next up for the Gas is the mid-week trip to Leyton Orient on Tuesday, 22nd February (7:45pm KO).

STEVENAGE: Pym, Cuthbert, Taylor, Norris, Lines, Vancooten, Upson, O'Neill (68'), Reid (59'), Clements, Bostwick (60').

Subs: Walker, James-Wildin (60'), List, Carter (59'), Andrade (68'), Daly, Read.

ROVERS: Belshaw, Hoole, Connolly, Taylor, Anderton, Finley (76'), Coutts (c) (60'), H Anderson, E Anderson, Collins, Nicholson (70').

Subs: Jaakkola, Thomas (76'), Whelan (60'), Loft (70'), L Clarke, Martinez, Saunders.

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Ticket News

Ticket Info - Stevenage

20 January 2022

Ticket information for our trip to Stevenage.

Rovers head to the Lamex Stadium on Saturday, 19th February (3pm KO).

THIS FIXTURE IS TICKET ONLY.

Online ticket sales will open to 2021/2022 Season Ticket holders from 10am on Monday, 24th January. In-store ticket sales will be available for Season Ticket holders from 10am on Tuesday, 25th January. Please be aware, Season Tickets holders are only permitted to purchase one ticket per membership.

Members (Club members and Supporters Club members) will be able to purchase tickets online and in-store from 10am on Wednesday, 26th January. Please note, members are only able to purchase one ticket per membership.

Subject to availability, general sale tickets will then be available online and in-store from 10am on Friday, 28th January.

The initial allocation of tickets for this fixture is 1562.

Tickers can be purchased HERE.

Ticket prices can be found below;

Ticket Type Price
Adult £22
Concessions £20
U18 £14
U12 £8
Disabled £20
PA Free of Charge

 

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