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PREVIEW: Off to Stevenage on Saturday

A closer look at our weekend opponents

7 September 2023

Stevenage v Carlisle United, Saturday 9 September, kick off 3pm.


Just one league defeat from six games played- away at Reading in the middle of last month - has seen Stevenage settle quickly to life in League One having secured their promotion last term.

A victory over Watford in a penalty shootout in the Carabao Cup gave them a four-game winning streak at the start of the season, but that loss to the Royals was followed by a draw with Portsmouth and an exit from the Carabao at the hands of Exeter - this time to a dramatic spot kick reverse.

They got back to winning ways last weekend with a convincing 3-0 away thrashing of Orient, and that was backed up by their 1-1 away draw on Tuesday night at Wimbledon. But it was  the Dons who took the bonus point from the Trophy group game with a 6-5 penalty victory.

It was a busy summer of transfer activity in and out, capped off on deadline day with the loan signings of striker Charlie McNeill from Manchester United and the permanent capture of winger Harvey white from Spurs.

A mean defence has seen them concede just three goals, with eight netted at the other end, and reports suggest that they look good for their current their standing.

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Striker Jamie Reid signed an improved and extended contract with Boro at the end of August.

The 29-year-old joined Stevenage from Mansfield in the summer of 2021 and has scored 26 goals in 110 appearances.

He has two goals so far from six league games this season, and remains a constant threat.


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  Carlisle wins Draws Stevenage wins
League 12 5 9
Total 12 5 9

It was a 0-0 draw between these teams at Brunton Park in March 2023.

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Stevenage took the spoils at the Lamex in August 2022 with first half goals from Kane Smith and Max Clark. Kris Dennis got one back on the stroke of half time, but the hosts dug deep to see it through.

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United won 2-1 when these teams met in Cumbria in April 2022 with second half goals from Joe Riley and Lewis Alessandra providing a cushion. Luke Norris bagged from the spot, but it was too little too late.

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Jon Mellish and Jordan Gibson scored the goals at the Lamex in December 2021 that gave the Blues a comfortable away victory.

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A red card for Rod McDonald on 18 minutes put United on the back foot as Tom Pett, Luke Norris and Arthur Read made the one-man advantage when these teams met in March 2021. Brennan Dickenson scored his first goal for the club, but it wasn't quite enough to make a difference.

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December 2020 brought a convincing home victory for United with goals from Nick Anderton, Josh Kayode, Lewis Alessandra and Joe riley making up the 4-0 win. Luke Prosser was sent off with 15 minutes left to play to compound the misery for the visitors.

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The only meeting of these teams in the Covid hit 2019/20 season was in September, where a brace from Harry McKirdy and a goal from Nathan Thomas were enough to cancel out a double strike from Kurtis Guthrie.

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We were also down in Stevenage in April 2019, and it was one to forget for United as Iontton and a brace from Guthrie deflated the travelling crowd.

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The Boro picked up where they had left off the previous season when they came north in September 2018. Carlisle were made to pay for early missed chances when Ben Kennedy scored a beauty after the break, and there was more disappointment when an Adam Campbell header crashed against the post late in the day.

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Our visit to the Lamex in January 2018 was a tight affair but it was United who created the better of the chances, with Danny Grainger and Jamie Devitt both going close from first half free kicks. Sam Cosgrove could have wrapped things up when he was played clean through but, in the end, neither side could find a way to break the deadlock.

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It was another tough one for the Blues almost exactly two years ago when early second half goals from Kennedy and Tom Pett put Boro in cruise control as they saw their way through to a comfortable three points.

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Referee - Darren Drysdale
Assistant Referee 1 - Daniel Cook
Assistant Referee 2 - Nicholas Dunn
Fourth Official - Andy Bennett
Observer - Philip Knight
Coach - Andy D'Urso

The referee for this game is Mr Darren Drysdale. Darren has taken charge of three games so far this season and has shown 13 yellow cards and no reds.

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Dates of sale 

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Thursday 7 September  10am – 4pm

Methods of purchase:

  • In person – come to the Pioneer ticket office at the designated time. Sales on home match days will be from the west side ticket office (from 5.30pm on a midweek home match day). 
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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Stevenage 2 - 2 United

Report from the Saturday afternoon away game

9 September 2023

Manager Paul Simpson made one change to the starting eleven that faced Shrewsbury last weekend with Josh Kayode in for Luke Plange.

And Corey Whelan was drafted onto the bench at the expense of the injured Ben Barclay.

The temperature gauges were pushing way past 30 degrees as the players took to the pitch, with United in their fruit salad away kit for the first time.

There was an early scare for the away team when McNeill nicked possession from Guy just as he was about to pass it forward. Reid was released but a timely tackle stopped the shot.

Ashby-Hammond was casual with a touch from a back pass at the other end and Maguire was onto him in a flash. He managed to recover enough to scramble it away.

Dan Sweeney was direct in his intentions when he went on a run from the halfway linein what was a frantic start to the game. It opened up in front of him but he dragged his 20-yard effort well wide.

A throw from the left gave Reid the chance to turn quickly and he opted to shoot from distance. Andresson was never troubled.

Carlisle were undone on the quarter hour when a free kick from inside the centre circle was floated high by Butler. Piergianni got the slightest of flicks with his head and Jamie Reid did the rest with a close range finish as he clipped the bouncing ball over Andresson.

A similar set piece was met by Sweeney moments later, and Reid was accurate again with a first-time volley. Andresson had to get down smartly to push it away with both hands.

United were back on terms on 20 minutes when Armer sent the ball long down the left flank. Maguire made it his and he steadied himself as Ashby-Hammond hesitated, and the striker rattled it over the line despite a touch from the stopper.

The drinks break was followed by a slick move from the hosts as Reid pulled into space. He checked back and rolled it to McNeill, but Andresson was superb as he palmed the goal bound 17-yard rasper over the bar.

Another deep Butler free kick had Sweeney interested once again as he challenged inside the box, but Huntington and Lavelle were alert and the danger passed.

Things suddenly opened up for Mellish after tackles from both sides flew in ahead of the break. He had his head down as he powered towards the box but it wouldn't sit right and the interception was made.

The long clearance from that put Reid away, and he had just one thing in mind as he reached the 18-yard line. Andresson stayed big, put out a boot and completed another good save.

It was a bright start to the half from Boro with two back to back corners as they looked to apply pressure. United had to keep their concentration and the door shut as the attacks were recycled.

Carlisle went with a triple substitution just before the hour, with Ablade, Garner and McCalmont on for Maguire, Kayode and Gibson, but they couldn't make the most of a Moxon free kick as it eventually ended up in the keeper's hands.

Stevenage almost capitalised on a slip in midfield when Hemmings had space to conquer. Miscued volleys allowed the ball to be swept behind before Andresson was tested.

The home team thought they'd scored as Piergianni thundered a header from the Butler corner back towards the near post. It struck the underside of the bar, bounced clear, and was gratefully shepherded behind.

Another Butler - Piergianni corner kick combination forced a diving save from Andresson as a downward header threatened to go in, and the keeper had to punch the follow-up set piece off the line is it curled late.

United earned a corner when Garner battled well for a free kick from just inside the home half. It was met by a defensive header, and that sparked a pivotal attack.

Nick Freeman sent a long, high pass to Reid and he beat Guy before smashing it into the net, across the dive from Andresson.

Hemmings was wild with a volley from close range as a ball that was pinging around inside the area came his way, and Carlisle moved up in numbers, with Guy available. A decent cross went untouched as it fizzed across the face of goal.

Reid was denied a hat-trick after he'd bustled way into the box with the ball at his feet. Andresson got a foot to it to stifle the celebrations.

Ablade was tugged by Sweeney right on the 18-yard line as he broke clear, and the whipped delivery from Moxon from the resulting free kick was a whisker away. The away team claimed a corner, but the officials showed no interest.

There was a late fright when a Butler free kick from wide was spilled by Andresson. Piergianni had a poke, as Hemmings helped out, but the offside flag was up.

Garner and Plange linked up effectively on the right flank, and Moxon stepped across to provide an outlet. It came his way, but a firm hit was always too high.

Armer overlapped on the other side and his cross went behind for a corner. Moxon sent it in, and Garner was left to celebrate as his header looped over the line. Ashby-Hammond tried to claw it away but the assistant referee was on the button as he indicated that it was indeed a goal - goal number 150 of the striker's career.

Andresson was needed with a hand to save from a bullet of a Roberts header when he got on the end of a fizzed inswinger, and that was the last of the action as the teams took away a share of the spoils.



Stevenage - Reid (15, 73)

Carlisle United - Maguire (20), Garner (90)



Stevenage - Raynor (21), McNeil (37), Roberts (73)

Carlisle United - Gibson (31), Guy (83)



Stevenage - Ashby-Hammond, Butler, N Thompson, Piergianni, Sweeney, Freeman, Roberts, Burns, Reid (List 90), L Thompson (B Thompson 79), McNeill (Hemmings 46). Subs - Mitchell (gk), MacDonald, White, Neal.

Carlisle United - Andresson, Back, Lavelle, Huntington (c), Mellish, Armer, Gibson (McCalmont 56), Guy (Plange 84), Moxon, Maguire (Ablade 57), Kayode (Garner 57). Subs - Holy (gk), Whelan, Robinson.


Match officials

Referee - Darren Drysdale
Assistant Referee 1 - Andrew Aylott
Assistant Referee 2 - Shaun Farrer
Fourth Official - Andy Bennett
Observer - Michael Brader
Coach - Michael Murphy


Attendance - 4,228 (428)

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