Stevenage 1 Telford United 3

Last updated : 02 September 2002 By Footymad Previewer

Telford belied their status in the basement of the Conference with this impressive demolition of a gutless Stevenage Borough side.

With just two points to their name before this match, Telford looked comfortable on the ball and were superior in every department as the home side left the field to a crescendo of boos following their first home defeat of the season.

In an even opening, chances fell to both sides with Stevenage narrowly missing out when Adrian Clarke, Kirk Jackson and Jean Michel Sigere all had efforts charged down when inside the area.

But Telford too had their chances and after Boro's Simon Travis cleared one off his own line they looked set to take the lead when a penalty was awarded after 19 minutes.

Home keeper Mark Westhead was lucky to receive just a booking after he pulled down David Brown when the Telford frontman was through on goal. However, Brown wasted the penalty opportunity as Westhead comfortably saved the shot to his right.

The Telford striker made no mistake ten minutes from the interval when he fired the visitors ahead. Ashley Wooliscroft provided the telling pass as he split the Stevenage defence and Brown made no mistake as he drilled home from close range despite protestations of offside from the home defence.

The home crowd expected a second-half fightback, but were left with a spiritless second period as Telford all but sealed the points when Paul Moore fired home following a Gary Fitzpatrick throughball on 50 minutes.

Jamie Campbell and Sigere both squandered half chances but Brown showed just how it should be done when on 73 minutes he showed breathtaking skill to beat three home defenders and drill the ball high into the roof of the net.

Campbell blasted in for Stevenage deep into added time, but the strike was even less than consolation for worried Boro boss Wayne Turner and the restless natives at Broadhall Way