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HERE'S LOOKING AT YOU: Stevenage

We take a closer look at this weekend's opponents

19 January 2018

After exiting the FA Cup on Tuesday evening, focus switches back to Sky Bet League Two for the Cumbrians as they travel to Stevenage.

The Blues lost out to Championship side Sheffield Wednesday in the midweek replay, but will be keen to bounce back at the first attempt as they make the journey to the Lamex Stadium.

Stevenage were also defeated by Championship opposition in the week, losing out to Reading, and will be looking to claim a victory that would see them draw level on points with Keith Curle’s side.

We take a closer look at the Boro ahead of our trip to Stevenage:

Mixed Form of Late

Currently sat in 15th place in Sky Bet League Two – two places and three points behind the Blues – Stevenage have struggled to nail down a solid run of form this campaign.

Having drawn and won their last two league outings, there are positives for the Hertfordshire outfit to take – including comprehensive wins over Cheltenham (4-1) and Chesterfield (5-1) in recent weeks.

But having lost three of their last six in all competitions, Darren Sarll will know that his side need to find some consistency if they want to move up the table and increase the gap from the relegation zone.

Home Comforts

You have to go back to October to find the last time Stevenage were beaten on home soil, as they lost out to Forest Green.

Since then, the Boro have gone nine games unbeaten on their own patch in all competitions – a run they will be keen to continue this weekend.

That unbeaten spell includes tricky games against Notts County, Coventry, Swindon and Reading and will give Sarll’s side plenty of confidence heading into Saturday’s game.

What Does History Tell Us?

The two sides only met for the first time in 2005 but have since gone on to play each other on 16 occasions.

And it’s United who have the better record, having claimed eight victories as opposed to the five of Stevenage.

Indeed the Cumbrians have lost just one of their last five meetings with the Boro, the 2-0 reverse earlier this season, with the Blues having claimed a 2-1 victory in this fixture last season thanks to goals from Jason Kennedy and Danny Grainger.

The highlights from last season's away victory at Stevenage are here:

Good Record On The Road

United have a fairly strong record at the Lamex Stadium, having lost just one of their last five visits there.

That sole defeat came back in April 2015, with the Blues having picked up some memorable wins in Hertfordshire in recent years.

Tom Miller netted a late winner at Stevenage back in October 2015, while goals from Lee Miller, Matty Robson and David Amoo helped wrap up a 3-1 win in September 2013.

Ones to Watch

+ Fraser Franks - A promising youngster when he joined the club, Franks has since developed into a key member of the Stevenage backline. The centre back started his career at Brentford before dropping into non-league, then returning to the Football League with Luton in 2014. He spent just one season at Kenilworth Road before moving to Stevenage where he quickly became a fans’ favourite with some strong and effective displays at the back. He scored a fantastic late equaliser against Morecambe last weekend, and has cer-tainly shown his eye for goal in the past.

+ Tom Pett - Pett was plucked from obscurity by Stevenage and has proved an excellent addition having now made over 100 league appearances for the club since joining in 2014. A tricky forward who is comfortable playing in midfield, Pett chips in with goals and assists aplenty and is a handful for any defender. United will need to watch him carefully.

+ Danny Newton - Another non-league star to join Stevenage, Newton caught the eye as part of Jamie Vardy’s V9 Academy over the summer. His impressive performances at the academy, coupled with his return of 38 goals for Tamworth last season, prompted Sarll to take a punt on him. And he hasn’t disappointed, with the striker netting five goals already this season.

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MATCH REPORT: Stevenage 0 - 0 United

Report from the Saturday afternoon away game

20 January 2018

United were at the Lamex Stadium on Saturday afternoon as they made a return to League Two action following their midweek trip to Hillsborough in the Emirates FA Cup.

And the sides battled their way to a goalless draw with United arguably creating the better of the chances through what was a very tight encounter.

Things started at a fast pace and Pett did well as he broke clear and crossed low. It was a good delivery but Liddle was there to guide it away to safety.

Carlisle responded well with a long ball forward from Liddle which found Cosgrove with his back to goal. A nod down from him invited Bennett to race in, but Henry stepped across to hook it clear.

The Cumbrians won possession from the clearance and Bennett pulled wide to take control. It was a tight angle and his fizzed shot was grasped by King.

Boro were the next to provide a test when Newton was played into space by a neat ball from midfield. He was forced wide and he was disappointed to see his pull back bobble harmlessly across the face of goal.

The hosts went close when a quick corner routine caught the Blues flat-footed. Pett was in space and he thought he’d done enough from the Kennedy clip until his glanced header shaved the outside of the upright.

Stevenage pressed the game high and their determined approach almost forced an error as Brown poked the ball towards his own area. Bonham was alert to the danger and he scampered out to make a timely clearance.

United gave as good as they got and a foul on Bennett brought a discussion between Grainger and Devitt as to who would do the honours. It was Jamie Devitt who sent it over the wall and King scrambled, then looked on in relief, as it whisked past the target.

Chances became few and far between through the middle section of the half but the tense spell was broken when Martin took matters into his own hands from distance. His shot glanced off Hill and spun over the bar.

That sparked a better spell for Boro and Bonham had to be alert when an inswinging corner was met by a guided clearance from Hill. His header looped high and dropped nicely for Kennedy to volley. The nippy forward caught it cleanly but the Carlisle stopper skipped across and showed firm hands as it flew through a ruck of bodies.

The best chance of the game fell United’s way on the half hour when Cosgrove showed good control as a dipping clearance came his way. He kept the ball close, fed it to Devitt, and then called for the return as he beat the offside trap. With just King to beat he went for an audacious chip which left the catch an easy one for the relieved keeper to make.

Defender James Brown supported the forward play late in the half and he found himself with half an opening as a weak clearance fell at his feet. He took time to control it, but he couldn’t keep his follow-up volley down.

Carlisle had the last say of the half when Grainger placed the ball on the ground for a 35-yard free kick. He got pace, power and direction on it and King was in action once again as he went full length to parry it away.

Stevenage started brightly after the break, without quite managing to create any clear-cut chances, and a run of corners were well dealt with despite an increase of numbers inside the Carlisle box.

A miscued shot from Brown was easy for King as things stayed tight, and Bonham raced off his line to steal the ball from Godden’s toes as the ball spent most of its time in midfield.

Pett and Godden put teasing crosses into the mix, but it was much to the frustration of the home fans as the ball rolled past or through the advancing strikers on both occasions.

Carlisle started to look the more likely, but shots from Devitt and Cosgrove were blocked at source as the Stevenage back line showed good determination.

Hallam Hope was thrown into the fray with just over 20 minutes to go and his first touch came when he got onto the end of a lovely through ball on the edge of the area. He went for a shot on the run, but King spread himself to make an excellent save.

The better of the play belonged to United and intricate interplay between Brown and Devitt brought a low cross which had three blue shirts interested. A Boro boot got a touch and that was enough to throw the visitors off the scent.

Direct approach play from Jones took him into the box and King fumbled his shot as it came low at the bottom corner. And that was that as half chances were exchanged with neither defence willing to give up their hard-earned share of the spoils.

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Bookings 

Stevenage - Kennedy (31)

Carlisle United - Bennett (24)

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Teams

Stevenage - T King, Smith, Martin (Vancooten 43), J King, Kennedy (Samuel 73), Pett, Newton (Franks 90), Godden, Henry, McKee, Wilmot. Subs - Fryer, Wilkinson, Conlon, Wade-Slater.

Carlisle United - Bonham, Brown, Liddle, Hill, Parkes, Grainger, Joyce, Devitt, Jones, Bennett (Hope 67), Cosgrove (Lambe 76). Subs - Bacon, Nabi, Ellis, O'Sullivan, S Miller.

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Referee - Charles Breakspear

Attendance - 2,476 (361 away fans)

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AWAY DAYS: Stevenage ticket information

Ticket information for the trip to Stevenage

4 January 2018

Stevenage v Carlisle United, Saturday 20 January, kick off 3pm

Prices

Adult £21
Senior 60+ £18
*Student £18
*UB40 Holders £18
*Armed Forces/Emergency Services £18
Under 22 £13
Under 16 £9
Under 12 £7
Family of 3 (1 adult 2 U16s) £35
Family of 4 (2 adults 2 U16s) £50

Ticket prices will increase by £3 on match day.

Family packages are available in advance only.

*Proof of these concessions must be provided at time of purchase.

Disabled info

Wheelchair supporters will need to purchase their tickets in advance through the Stevenage ticket office by calling 01438 223 223 extension 62. The wheelchair supporter tickets are situated in the enclosed disabled section along with the home supporters.

*Ambulant disabled supporters will pay £18 with the carer free of charge.

Dates of sale 

Sat 6 Jan 4.45pm - 5.15pm
Sun 7 Jan Closed 
Mon 8 Jan 10am – 5pm
Tue 9 Jan 10am – 5pm 
Wed 10 Jan 10am – 5pm
Thu 11 Jan 10am – 5pm
Fri 12 Jan 10am – 5pm
Sat 13 Jan 10am – 2.30pm
Sat 13 Jan 4.45pm - 5.15pm
Sun 14 Jan Closed 
Mon 15 Jan 10am – 5pm
Tue 16 Jan 10am – 5pm
Wed 17 Jan 10am – 5pm
Thu 18 Jan 10am – 5pm

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Methods of purchase:

In person – come to the main ticket office in the Pioneer Stand at the designated time. Ticket sales on home match days will be from the West Stand ticket office. 
 
Post – send in a cheque for the correct amount, a covering letter and a stamped addressed envelope.
 
Phone – ring the ticket office on 0844 371 1921 at the designated times and pay with a credit / debit card. Calls to this line are charged at 7p per minute from a landline. Mobile charges may vary.
 
Internet – click HERE and follow the online instructions. 
 
Please note - to post tickets out to customers who have made their purchase over the telephone there is an additional charge of 75p. The last day tickets will be posted is 5pm on Tuesday 16 January 2018.
 
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Bus Travel
 
For further information on travel, contact the following: 

Carlisle United Supporters' Group Away Travel: 07563 700 987 

Route A66 West Cumbrian Travel: 07825 840 123

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