Callum Ball's strike proved pivotal as Notts County beat bottom club Stevenage and climbed out of the League One relegation zone.

Shaun Derry's side took the lead just before the break when Ball drove home through a crowded penalty area.

Magpies keeper Bartosz Bialkowski was on song, denying Francois Zoko and Felipe Morais early on and foiling Lucas Akin on several occasions.

Ball, a first-half sub, was denied a second goal by home keeper Chris Day,

County, who maintained their unbeaten start to 2014, are now two points above the bottom four.

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Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I don't think that, if you saw the game on chances and took their goal away, you would think it was an away win.

"It was a decent overall performance from us I thought. The lads picked up where they left off the other night showed a positive spirit, positive momentum and I think they deserved a lot more than they got today.

"The ball dropped to Fil [Morais] and he sliced the clearance. There was not enough urgency to pick up the seconds. I think Michael [Doughty] had half turned his back on the lad, assuming Fil was going to clear it. The ball dropped between Peter [Hartley] and Michael, and their boy put it in."

"It happens sometimes. I think we came and took the game to them in the second half, for long periods they were pinned in. Fil coming off was a body blow to us, he'd been influential."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (4)

Stevenage

  • 16 Day
  • 20 Smith
  • 29 Hartley
  • 14 Heslop Booked (Tounkara - 83' )
  • 05 Ashton
  • 06 Jones
  • 07 Morais (Charles - 63' )
  • 24 Doughty
  • 11 Akins
  • 12 Zoko Booked (Andrade - 74' )
  • 15 Freeman

Substitutes

  • 02 Wedgbury
  • 09 Charles
  • 10 Burrow
  • 21 Tounkara
  • 25 Andrade
  • 26 Smith
  • 27 Johnson

Notts County

  • 01 Bialkowski
  • 03 Sheehan
  • 19 Murray Booked
  • 22 Fotheringham
  • 05 Smith
  • 06 Leacock
  • 07 Grealish (Ball - 38' Booked )
  • 28 Boucaud
  • 09 Showunmi
  • 24 Freeman
  • 20 Campbell-Ryce

Substitutes

  • 10 Haynes
  • 21 Thompson
  • 25 Tempest
  • 26 Hollis
  • 35 Pilkington
  • 37 Bishop
  • 38 Ball
Ref: Mark Haywood
Att: 2,877

Match Stats

Shots

17 8

On target

10 2

Corners

6 7

Fouls

8 6

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Stevenage 0, Notts County 1.

90:00 +3:43 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Stevenage 0, Notts County 1.

90:00 +3:04 Booking

Booking Callum Ball (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +2:56

Jimmy Smith (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +2:56

Foul by Callum Ball (Notts County).

86:59 Booking

Booking Ronan Murray (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.

86:41

Bruno Andrade (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:41

Foul by Ronan Murray (Notts County).

86:04

Attempt missed. Luke Jones (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

85:29

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Kieran Freeman.

82:55

Hand ball by Jimmy Smith (Stevenage).

82:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Oumare Tounkara replaces Simon Heslop.

81:52

Bruno Andrade (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:52

Foul by Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Notts County).

77:12

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Jon Ashton.

77:01

Attempt blocked. Andre Boucaud (Notts County) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

74:59

Attempt missed. Lucas Akins (Stevenage) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

73:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Bruno Andrade replaces Francois Zoko.

73:23 Booking

Booking Francois Zoko (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

73:17

Andre Boucaud (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:17

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

71:32

Attempt saved. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

69:54

Attempt blocked. Enoch Showunmi (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

65:32

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Luke Jones.

65:15

Attempt blocked. Enoch Showunmi (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

64:41

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Jon Ashton.

63:52

Ronan Murray (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:52

Foul by Lucas Akins (Stevenage).

63:16

Attempt missed. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

63:01

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Kieran Freeman.

62:47

Attempt blocked. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

62:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Darius Charles replaces Filipe Morais because of an injury.

62:10

Attempt blocked. Francois Zoko (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

60:00

Attempt missed. Alan Sheehan (Notts County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

59:45

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Chris Day.

59:27

Attempt saved. Callum Ball (Notts County) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

58:34

Attempt blocked. Michael Doughty (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

51:11

Foul by Enoch Showunmi (Notts County).

51:11

Luke Jones (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

50:06

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Peter Hartley.

48:20

Attempt saved. Francois Zoko (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:00

Second Half begins Stevenage 0, Notts County 1.

45:00 +3:16 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Stevenage 0, Notts County 1.

41:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stevenage 0, Notts County 1. Callum Ball (Notts County) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner.

40:50

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Luke Jones.

40:36

Attempt blocked. Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Notts County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

39:37

Attempt saved. Lucas Akins (Stevenage) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

38:22

Attempt saved. Jimmy Smith (Stevenage) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

37:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Notts County. Callum Ball replaces Jack Grealish because of an injury.

35:12

Attempt saved. Lucas Akins (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

32:41

Attempt saved. Lucas Akins (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

30:29

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

30:29

Dean Leacock (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:40

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.

28:23

Attempt saved. Michael Doughty (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

26:45

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Dean Leacock.

26:13

Luke Jones (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:13

Foul by Enoch Showunmi (Notts County).

24:13

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

24:13

Manny Smith (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:26

Hand ball by Lucas Akins (Stevenage).

19:27

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Dean Leacock.

14:02 Booking

Booking Simon Heslop (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

13:20

Foul by Simon Heslop (Stevenage).

13:20

Jack Grealish (Notts County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

12:54

Attempt blocked. Mark Fotheringham (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

11:55

Foul by Jon Ashton (Stevenage).

11:55

Ronan Murray (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:51

Attempt missed. Peter Hartley (Stevenage) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

9:35

Attempt saved. Jimmy Smith (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

8:45

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Dean Leacock.

4:47

Attempt saved. Filipe Morais (Stevenage) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

2:47

Francois Zoko (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

2:47

Foul by Dean Leacock (Notts County).

1:33

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Simon Heslop.

0:45

Attempt saved. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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