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The Big Match Preview: Stevenage

10 February 2017

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's short trip to the Lamex Stadium (k.o. 3pm).

Stevenage vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 11th February, 3pm
Lamex Stadium, SG2 8RH
Referee: Dean Whitestone

Three of Wycombe's last five games have been cup affairs, but the next 18 now leave Gareth Ainsworth's men with one single focus - accumulating as many points as possible in Sky Bet League 2, starting at Stevenage on Saturday.

The winter period has produced some unforgettable memories for Chairboys fans, including a club-record run of form, the ups and downs of White Hart Lane, a phenomenal goalscoring sequence and a surge up the table which gives them every chance of achieving success come May.

With those foundations in place, they make the short trip to Hertfordshire with confidence - and perhaps a little fatigue in the midst of a rigorous fixture schedule - but boss Gareth Ainsworth will be happy to rotate if required, knowing that competition for places is strong throughout the team.

Encounters with the Boro have tended to be close affairs, with a single goal separating each of the past three meetings. Dayle Southwell's first goal for the Chairboys was enough to secure a 1-0 home win in the reverse fixture in September, and both clubs won their home games last term.

'Home' hasn't necessarily been a happy hunting ground for Darren Sarll's Stevenage this season, enduring a four-month winless streak at the Lamex over the winter, but they've put that to bed with back-to-back triumphs which reinstate belief that they too could replicate the play-off adventure that they embarked upon two years ago.

Team news
Ainsworth hopes to have Paul Hayes and Aaron Pierre back in contention after they missed the midweek loss at Coventry, while Matt Bloomfield and Paris Cowan-Hall are close to a return following injury.

Dominic Gape and Alex Jakubiak are available once again having been cup-tied in midweek.

Tickets
Wanderers fans are housed in the all-seater South Stand (under cover, no restricted views) behind one goal.

On the day prices are as follows.

Adults: £24
Seniors (60+): £21
Students: £21
Young Adults (16-21): £16
Under 16s: £12
Under 12s: £10

Pre-booked tickets can be collected from the Lamex Stadium from 1.30pm on Saturday.

Travel
By Adrian Wood

Postcode: SG2 8RH

Recommended road directions
Take the M40 towards London and at Junction 1A take the northbound M25 (signed Watford). Leave the M25 at Junction 21A and take the A405 (signed St Albans). After 2.1 miles at the Park Tree roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A414 (signed Hatfield). Continue on the A414 for almost 5 miles and then join the A1(M) motorway, signed ‘The North’. Leave the A1(M) at Junction 7 and at the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A602 (signed Stevenage, Ware). Follow the A602 towards the town centre and the floodlights will become visible on your right.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 45

Recommended area for car parking
Free parking for 500 cars is available to fans at Fairlands Valley car park to the north of the ground. Do not park in the adjacent Roaring Meg Retail Park or Wickes / The Range car park. New parking rules recently imposed by the Roaring Meg management restrict parking to 90 minutes on a match day, which come in to effect two hours before kick-off. Parking is available in nearby residential streets - fans are asked not to block driveways.

Travelling by coach?
OWWSA will be running a coach that will leave Adams Park at 12:00. Travel prices are £13 for adults, £12 for seniors, and £11 for juniors. The price for non-members is £17 (no refund if game is cancelled). If you wish to book by phone (Rena 01494 520179, Graham 07876 267301) or by e-mail (bookings@owwsa.co.uk) you need to do so by Thursday, February 9th at 17.00 hrs.

Using the train?
There is a very regular service to Stevenage from London Kings Cross. There are about four or five departures an hour and the fastest services take only 24 minutes. Fast return trains are at 17:36, 18:06, 18:36 etc.The Lamex Stadium is about a mile from the station. You can use the club’s shuttle bus service with Arriva that costs just £1 return and takes fans from the railway station and bus station directly to The Lamex Stadium. Services commence approx. two hours before kick-off on a Saturday and continue an hour after the final whistle. The shuttle departs from Stop N at the railway station and Stop K at the bus station.

Facilities for away fans
The capacity is 6,920 with seating for 3,412. Away fans are located at one end of the ground in the South Stand. This is a single tiered all seated covered stand that can accommodate 1,400 fans. There is usually a good selection of catering on offer. There is a large Club House bar at the ground, behind the South Stand, which is popular with both home and away fans alike.

Facilities around the ground
There are not many hostelries near to the ground. If you like real ale you may consider the 15 minute walk to the 'Our Mutual Friend' pub in Broadwater Crescent. Another option is “The Roebuck Inn” on London Road which is about a 10-minute walk away. The town centre is a 15-20 minute walk, where there are plenty of pubs to be found. The ‘Standard Bearer’ (a Wetherspoons’ outlet) located near the Bus Station has been popular with Chairboys fans in the past. Across the roundabout from the ground there is a Retail Park that has various eating outlets such as Pizza Hut, McDonalds & Burger King, plus a Harvester restaurant bar.

Can't make it?
You can listen on Chairboys PlayerHD from 2.55pm, and follow on the club's social media channels.

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