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02 April 2018 Venue Lamex Stadium Attendance

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Match Preview | Stevenage (a)

2 April 2018

EFL Sky Bet League Two – Lamex Stadium – Monday 2 April 2018 – KO 15:00pm

Last Time We Met:

The Bees will be hoping to get revenge over their local rivals on Monday after Stevenage were the victors when they came to the Hive back in August.

Tom Pett, who departed Broadhall Way for Lincoln City in January, scored Boro’s first and only goal of the game to seal maximum points for the visitors.

However, Stevenage had to play with 10 men for 55 minutes after midfielder Dale Gorman received his marching orders following a two-footed tackle on Mauro Vilhete eight minutes after the goal.

Despite the dismissal and the Bees dominating proceedings, the Boro managed to hold on and move themselves up into the automatic promotion places.

Manager:

After two spells as a Stevenage player, Dino Maamria returned to the club as manager last month after the sacking of Darren Sarll. The Tunisian arrived at Broadhall Way from National League North side Nuneaton Town.

Not only did Maamria represent Stevenage as a player but the 46-year-old has previously been at the club in a coaching and assistant manager capacity too. He made just shy of 100 league appearances for the Boro, scoring 31 goals in his playing days.

The former striker has also managed Northwich Victoria and Southport and also became part of Graham Westley’s coaching team at Preston and Newport County.

Maamria made one cap for Tunisia’s under 21 side before pulling on the shirt for teams like Southport, Doncaster, Northwich Victoria and Rushden & Diamonds.

Monday’s encounter will be Maamria’s second in charge of Stevenage after drawing 0-0 away at Grimsby in his game at the helm last Friday.

Dangerman:

Ben Kennedy joined Stevenage on a youth scholarship back in 2013 and after progressing through the youth ranks, the midfielder was given his first team debut two years later.

He has since gone on to make over 100 appearances for the senior side since, becoming a vital part of the Stevenage squad.

The 21-year-old already has 21 league goals to his name and the youngster has also represented Northern Ireland at under 17, 19 and 21 level.

Kennedy has featured in most of Stevenage’s fixtures this season and has found the net seven times, with six of them coming from inside the penalty area.

The youngster isn’t afraid to put in a tackle with 39 fouls won this season whilst his clinical left foot and eye for goal could cause the Bees all sorts of problems come Monday afternoon.

Last Time Out:

Dino Maamria picked up his first points as Stevenage manager on Friday in Boro’s last fixture, a goalless draw away at Grimsby Town.

Stevenage were hoping to pile more pressure on the Mariners who sit one spot above the relegation zone but neither side could come out on top.

The possession stat reflected the score-line with both teams ending on 50% but it was the hosts who posed more of an attacking threat, creating 10 shots, hitting the target on three occasions.

Stevenage side: King, Henry (Franks 45’), Wilkinson, King, Martin, Kennedy (Bowditch 66’), Amos, Sheaf, Whelpdale, Revell, Newton (Samuel 81’).

Unused Subs: Fryer (GK), Smith, Goddard, Gorman.

Ticket Details:

(On the day prices)

Adult (22-59) - £24 
Concessions (60+) - £21
Under 22 - £16
Under 16 - £12
U12 - £10

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Match Reports

Match Report | Stevenage 4-1 Barnet FC

2 April 2018

Braces for Danny Newton and Alex Revell secure victory for the hosts, Shaq Coulthirst's solo effort only a consolation.

It was the Bees that started the match on the front foot, Ryan Watson hitting the crossbar with an in-swinging corner within the opening 10 minutes.

A minute later, Joe Payne, making his EFL debut on his 19th birthday, burst down the left, nutmegged his marker before finding Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro who delivered a dangerous cross towards the far post which a Stevenage defender had to head away from under the crossbar.

Midway through the first half, Payne delivered a cross towards John Akinde but Tom King just beat the Barnet number 9 to the ball.

Soon after, Akpa Akpro drove forward from the halfway line and opted to go alone despite the support of Akinde but his shot was off target.

The hosts had a chance to take the lead in the 38th minute when an effort at goal took a wicked deflection but Craig Ross did brilliantly to quickly palm away the effort.

Stevenage took the lead just a minute before the break, Newton getting on the end of Ben Kennedy's cross to head home at the far post.

After the restart, Curtis Weston had a chance to level but his effort from the edge of the penalty area went narrowly wide.

Newton then hit an unstoppable volley from 25 yards out to double the hosts advantage shortly after the hour mark.

Revell made it 3-0 five minutes later when he beat Craig Ross with a low effort.

With 15 minutes left to play, Coulthirst flicked on a Ryan Watson free-kick and forced a good save from kick away to his left.

Shaquile Coulthirst pulled one back with a great solo run before hitting a left-footed effort across the face of goal into the bottom corner giving Tom King no chance.

As Barnet pressed, Stevenage made it four on the counter when Newton raced down on goal before playing in Revell to secure the points.

Attendance - 3350 (942 Barnet fans)

Barnet: Ross, Santos, Nelson (J. Taylor 63'), Watson, Weston, Akinde, Coulthirst, Nicholls (Akinola 51'), Akpa Akpro, Sweeney, Payne (Tutonda 69')

Unused: K. McKenzie-Lyle, Brindley, Clough, Shomotun.

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