Oh look, the circus is back in town! If you make any link with the fact that our next game is against Cambridge United indoors, that’s all on you. We have every inch of respect for our near and, let’s face it, less enlightened neighbours. That sentence nearly escaped from our laptop with a straight face ‘n’ all. So near, but yet so far; it is probably about time that we start having a good ol’ think about how this one may end up going.
Us and the Us are no strangers to one another these days. Sitting side-by-side in the League Two table, it’s like old times isn’t it. Instead of battling for promotion, however, we’re slogging it out; trying to haul ourselves up the table and squeeze into the top 80 of English football. We won’t sit here and pretend we ever missed them, though. We’re not mad. And there’s still a big Scott Rendell-shaped scar on our soul that still needs to heal.
So, what’s this all about then…
Stevenage v Cambridge United: The Lowdown
P2 W0 D1 L1 F1 A2; last result: Morecambe 1-1 Stevenage, 13/01/2018
This is the third time we’ve met Tom Nield this season, and the third time in total; Ronnie setting a new club record last time out. No records up for grabs this time. Well, a first win with Nield overseeing things maybe?
P21 W9 D4 L8 F32 A25; last result: Cambridge United 1-0 Stevenage, 25/11/2017
It’s not all that much of a shock that we lost at the Abbey earlier this term. We may edge the overall head-to-head to this point, but our track record at their place isn’t great. The only time we’ve ever won there came in our Conference-winning campaign; to break that mould in a season where things haven’t been going our way would seem a bit far-fetched. Our record indoors is much better, but we did lose to ’em here last term too.
And that is plainly not on.
In not quite being able to see off Mansfield midweek, Boro’ squandered the chance to overtake the Us in the table – albeit by virtue of goal difference. We know that our battle for 14th place in League Two ain’t exactly hot news, but it does help show how our fortunes have turned under the new gaffer. We’re unbeaten in four, while our near neighbours have lost twice in the same period.
The Us have seen their defence breached at least once in their past seven outings, last keeping a clean sheet back on 20 February at home to Notts County. If you want the story of their season to date, only three teams in the division have performed worse on the road points-wise. They have the fifth worst offensive record too, clocking up 44 goals from 41 games. We’ve bagged 56 from 42 and must be confident of adding to that here.
kickoff.co.uk is starting to put more green on our graphics, and for that we are happy…
• BoroGuide’s Cambridge United club profile – and now you’re feeling epiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiic…