League Two
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Stevenage 5-1 Cheltenham Town

Stevenage moved into the top half of League Two after hammering Cheltenham.

Chris Beardsley tapped in for 1-0 before Charlie Lee bent a wonderful shot into the top corner.

Beardsley knocked in his second from Lee's header before Lee Barnard turned in Charlie Adams' ball across goal.

Byron Harrison claimed a consolation for Cheltenham but Boro scored a fifth when Adam Marriott charged down Trevor Carson's clearance and set up Barnard with a tap in for 5-1.

Stevenage Manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"It was a much more encouraging performance but then again we had a lot of big players back out there. We had a lot of our experienced lads that have missed a lot of football this season back out there, closer to full fitness.

"Over the years you know that when you come to Stevenage, Stevenage are going to play on the front foot. The crowd's going to get up behind them and it's going to be a very difficult opening.

"Barnard links play and Beardsley goes up against people, runs channels. It's what you always want from your strikers.'

"I don't think anybody in that dressing room will be getting carried away. If we're going to get that habit back then you're going to have to do a lot of hard work and we all understand that."

Cheltenham Town manager Mark Yates told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"The nasty thing about it is, they've not had to do anything to score their goals.

"We'll have to have a look at (the defending). You see it out there and you think 'did I just see that correctly?'

"At 2-0 down, you never think you're gone, but all your plans and the way we set up and what we wanted to do was completely out of the window.

"Sometimes it's not about formations, because we still got bullied when we went to a flat back four in the second half...and we all have to be better next week."



Formation 4-4-2

  • 16Day
  • 25Henry
  • 19Wells
  • 9Charles
  • 23Okimo
  • 37Barnard
  • 12McAllister
  • 8WaltonSubstituted forConlonat 77'minutes
  • 22Lee
  • 34DeaconBooked at 19minsSubstituted forAdamsat 59'minutes
  • 20BeardsleySubstituted forMarriottat 69'minutes


  • 1Beasant
  • 3Dembele
  • 5Ashton
  • 11Pett
  • 14Marriott
  • 32Conlon
  • 49Adams


Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Carson
  • 2Vaughan
  • 5Brown
  • 6ElliottSubstituted forKotwicaat 39'minutes
  • 18Black
  • 23Bowen
  • 8Richards
  • 25Taylor
  • 10GornellSubstituted forHanksat 82'minutes
  • 9Harrison
  • 28De VitaSubstituted forMarquisat 60'minutes


  • 11Haworth
  • 12Gould
  • 15Deaman
  • 16Hanks
  • 17Kotwica
  • 19Sterling-James
  • 26Marquis
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stevenage 5, Cheltenham Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stevenage 5, Cheltenham Town 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Adam Marriott (Stevenage).

  4. Post update

    Paul Black (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Charlie Adams (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Troy Brown (Cheltenham Town).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lee Vaughan (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Darius Charles (Stevenage).

  9. Post update

    Joe Hanks (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Adam Marriott (Stevenage).

  11. Post update

    Paul Black (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Joe Hanks replaces Terry Gornell.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Stevenage 5, Cheltenham Town 1. Lee Barnard (Stevenage) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adam Marriott.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Charlie Lee (Stevenage) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked.

  15. Post update

    Charlie Adams (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Lee Vaughan (Cheltenham Town).

  17. Post update

    Foul by Darius Charles (Stevenage).

  18. Post update

    Zack Kotwica (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Charlie Adams (Stevenage) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Stevenage. Tom Conlon replaces Simon Walton.