It is a fixture that nearly did not happen as Stevenage only survived in the EFL last season, due to the demise of Macclesfield Town. Ironically their first ever Football League match was against Macclesfield in 2010, when they dropped the Borough from their name but retained Boro as their nickname.
Spirits have been lifted this past week with two consecutive victories, albeit with two completely different Wanderers teams in two different competitions.
But any success breeds confidence and that was certainly high going into this match. Ian Evatt was able to name what is becoming his strongest starting XI and for 44 minutes, we dominated this match and were in control.
It looked like a question of how many goals we would rack up, but they pegged one back just before half time and made a real match of it in the second half. But we had the strength of character and a terrific save from Matt Gilks to see this one out.
There is no such thing as an easy game in football. Each match must be played on merit. Every single point must be earned. Things are beginning to look good for the Wanderers, but everything is fragile in football, especially this season.
I am enjoying watching this team develop and players becoming established. I know most of the names in the squad now. Fans are identifying their favourite players, although on the dark side, fans are identifying their villains too.
This squad is developing its character, a winning mentality, and a positive way of playing. We look to be getting a good balance in the team with a strong defence, a busy midfield and strikers that can score. But injuries and suspensions to key players could disrupt all that.
The strength of our bench will be so important and the introduction of 5 substitutes can only help a squad like ours.
The other factor which could play a key part in all clubs fortunes this season is the finance. THE EFL rescue package has not been accepted yet and with £20m up front and £30m in loans, it does not look like the smaller clubs can take on the debt.
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