September 18, 2012
Unbeaten Boro march on
Greg Tansey's stunning strike helped high-flying Stevenage to their first home win of the season as they ended Walsall's five-match unbeaten run with a 3-1 triumph.
The Saddlers had pegged the hosts back after Robin Shroot's opener but Tansey opened his account for his new club in the most spectacular fashion as the Boro claimed a deserved three points - building on three successive home draws and extending their unbeaten league start.
After an uneventful opening 24 minutes Stevenage went ahead when Shroot controlled David Gray's long pass before firing a fine shot across David Grof and into the bottom corner.
Walsall drew level just before the hour mark when George Bowerman was given the simple task of heading Jamie Paterson's terrific cross into the net from a few yards.
However, Tansey produced something truly special after receiving the ball from Anthony Grant, his 30-yard effort rocketing into the top corner and leaving Grof grasping at thin air.
The hosts made the result safe with four minutes remaining when Tansey's precise cross picked out Lucas Akins at the back post and he volleyed into the ground and into the far corner.
|16 Chris Day||1 David Grof|
|5 Jon Ashton||5 Dean Holden|
|22 Miguel Comminges||4 Andy Butler|
|14 Mark Roberts||14 Ben Purkiss|
|2 David Gray||26 Andy Taylor|
|7 Anthony Grant||6 Nicky Featherstone|
|6 Greg Tansey||11 Ashley Hemmings|
|32 Robin Shroot||8 Florent Cuvelier|
|24 Patrick Agyemang||24 James Baxendale|
|11 Lucas Akins||10 Jamie Paterson|
|15 Luke Freeman||17 George Bowerman|
|1 Steven Arnold||Richard Jones 13|
|29 Bondz Ngala||Richard Taundry 2|
|25 Oliver Risser||Paul Downing 22|
|8 James Dunne||Jake Jones 16|
|17 Matt Ball||William Grigg 9|
|23 Daniel Lopez Ramos||Connor Taylor 15|
|9 Marcus Haber||Aaron Williams 19|
|Marcus Haber for Patrick Agyemang (61)||William Grigg for Ashley Hemmings (57)|
|James Dunne for Luke Freeman (76)||Aaron Williams for James Baxendale (78)|
|Oliver Risser for Robin Shroot (89)||Richard Taundry for Andy Taylor (81)|
|Anthony Grant (44)|
|· Rosters: Stevenage | Walsall|