Fleetwood Town are back in Sky Bet League One action after what feels like an eternity since the Cods ran out 3-0 winners against Exeter City nearly two weeks ago, but here we have all you need to know ahead of the Stevenage match on Saturday.
Fixture: Fleetwood Town v Stevenage
Competition: Sky Bet League One
Date: Saturday 25 November 2023
Kick-off: 15:00 (BST)
Venue: Highbury Stadium, Park Avenue, Fleetwood, FY7 6TX
With a fine run of form of six games unbeaten in all competitions, the Cods' momentum was halted by the international break, as it's been nearly two weeks since a ball was last kicked in a competitive manner, it's a welcome arrival in the form of high-flying Stevenage to Highbury in what is the two sides first ever meeting.
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT STEVENAGE
With a similar unbeaten run to the Cods, Saturday's visitors are seven unbeaten in all competitions and sit in a very healthy fourth position in the table with nine games won, five drawn and four losses. With every player doing their part, it's hard not to highlight Jamie Reid's impressive start to the campaign as the striker has scored 11 goals in 17 appearances, one less then Charlton's Alfie May who leads the charts with 12.
With an experienced manager in Steve Evans at the helm, the Scotsman is currently on track for his finest win percentage of his managerial career as he is currently averaging 1.9 points per game with a 55% win rate during his reign at the Lamex Stadium - with Stevenage's last result a 1-0 win at home to Lincoln City, Evans reached a personal milestone of 100 games in charge of Stevenage with 55 wins, 21 draws and 24 losses, he and his staff will have similar aims for the next century but the Cods will have other ideas.
An eight hour round trip and a 400 mile round trip for the Boro as they travel up North to the Fylde Coast - as mentioned it will be a first meeting for the two sides - so it's one to tick off for both sets of fans within the 92 teams - a trip that Stevenage will be relishing as they have won more then they have lost on the road.
WHAT LEE JOHNSON HAD TO SAY PRE-MATCH
"Nothing has surprised me with Steve Evans [Stevenage's manager] as he has been a very successful manager at the many Clubs he has worked with over the years - Stevenage have a really strong identity, and they are able to recruit and maximum the players where their attributes that formula has worked - Saturday will be a another big test and a slightly different challenge based on that identity.
"We will need to win first balls, tidy up on the second balls and I know that is easier said than done against a side that are well drilled - we will need the patience from our supporters on Saturday but also they can be excited about our form and individuals’ confidence levels so it will be an interesting game which could be end to end."
THREE THAT HAVE PLAYED FOR BOTH
Mark Roberts: A name fondly remembered for both of Saturday's sides, Roberts was part of Town's leadership team during the promotion season from Sky Bet League Two in 2014 and often worn the armband for the Cods - before he represented Town though, he ran out for Stevenage Borough [name change in 2010 to Stevenage] on loan where he then signed a permanent deal at Stevenage where he played 191 times , wearing the captains armband for the Boro where his natural leadership found him in a caretaker manager spell on two separate occasions.
Steven Schumacher: A straight deal between the two sides saw then central midfielder sign for Boro from Fleetwood. Schumacher was part of Town's promotion from Sky Bet League Two in 2014 where the former Everton academy product played 33 times in that promotion season for Fleetwood but was released the following Summer. Schumacher has a fine current managerial CV now though as his Plymouth side are the Championship new-boys and sit in 19th place.
Max Clark: Clark's footballing journey has taken him from Yorkshire for Hull, Holland for Vitesse to the Fylde Coast with Fleetwood and the respected sides after in Rochdale, Saturday's visitors Stevenage and his current side Gillingham in Sky Bet League Two. Clark played 15 games for Fleetwood between June 2021 and January 2022 where the left-sided defender has seem to found rhythm in his career now at Priestfield since signing last Summer.
IFOLLOW DETAILS YOU MIGHT NEED TO KNOW
Video Match Pass - £10 (Overseas only)
TICKET DETAILS FOR THE MATCH
The match against Steve Evans' side will kick-off at 3pm on Saturday, with tickets available to buy ONLINE, and in the ticket office down at the stadium.
Here is all your general sale ticket information:
Seating (Parkside and Highbury Stand)
Standing (Memorial Stand)
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