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10 March 2017

Match Previews


10 March 2017

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Town take on a Stevenage side who are unbeaten in eight

The Hatters face yet another tough task tomorrow as they welcome in-form Stevenage to Kenilworth Road on a day when the Town once again help promote the EFL’s partner charity, Prostate Cancer UK.

As a part of that, the players will be wearing Prostate Cancer UK T-shirts in the warm-up before the 3pm kick-off against the Boro.

Stevenage boss Darren Sarll has seen his side shoot up the table in the last six weeks, having been on an unbeaten run of eight games.

That form helped the ex-Dunstable Town and Bedford Town midfielder pick up Manager of the Month for February, as his team won 16 points in six league matches.

Their climb up the table has been helped by the goalscoring exploits of Matt Godden, who has notched 12 goals in 2017, more than anyone else in the top four tiers of English football.

On 55 points in Sky Bet League Two, Boro now sit just two points shy of the Hatters – although Nathan Jones’ team have a game in hand – as well as having a decent away record with eight wins in their 17 matches on the road.

Jones thinks this is a fixture to relish, as his team have put themselves in a strong position to move into third place.

He said: “It’s one of the games that really whets the appetite in terms of everything – league position, the geography of both clubs and both clubs in very good form. So it should be a cracking game.

“I won’t underplay anything or overplay it. It’s another league game between sides that are in really good form, and they’re a really good side.

“It’ll be a difficult game we know that. We have had plenty of difficult games lately and we have come through them well, so we will be looking to do that again.”

The Hatters also have their own in form striker, of course, in Danny Hylton.

The former Oxford man’s double last weekend at Yeovil put him on 22 goals for the season, having netted eight times in his last seven outings.

With the goals being fired in at one end, the Hatters have shored up at the back too as they now share the crown of the tightest defence with Portsmouth – both teams having conceded only 31 goals this term.

It also means the Town have got the second-best goal difference in the division with plus-22, just two short of league leaders Doncaster Rovers.

In order for Jones’ team to move into the automatic places tomorrow, they need to take all three points on Saturday, as well as Portsmouth, who face Colchester away, and Carlisle, who take on Cambridge at home, to draw or lose their matches.

Tomorrow’s meeting between Town and Boro will see them contest the tenth fixture between the two, with the Hatters having won five, lost three and drawn one of the previous nine.

The game will be refereed by Wiltshire based Brendan Malone. He has overseen 24 matches this season, dishing out 94 yellow cards and three red cards.

A large home attendance is expected tomorrow, tickets for the fixture will be available on the day. However, supporters are advised to book their tickets early to avoid disappointment.

The live wall will be in action for fans who aren’t able to attend the game, whilst Hatters Player subscribers can listen into Simon Pitts’ full live match commentary from just before kick-off. 

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