Graham Westley: Stevenage boss upset by Northampton decision

Graham Westley
Graham Westley's side face Maidstone at 19:45 GMT on Thursday and then Northampton at 15:00 GMT two days later

Stevenage boss Graham Westley has said Northampton Town's decision to not move the date of their upcoming game has motivated his squad.

Boro face Maidstone in an FA Cup replay on Thursday and then go to the Cobblers two days later.

"I'll probably write back to them and say let's play it Friday. Because it's done nothing but fuel our fires," Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio.

Northampton say moving the game would be unfair to supporters and sponsors.

Northampton Town response
"We as a club have experience of playing two games in less than three days as we ourselves did the same in 2012-13 when we played Wolves on the Thursday night and travelled all the way to Plymouth on the Saturday for a 3pm kick off. It wasn't ideal but we did it.
"By the time the request to move the game came in, we had already sold more than 3,000 tickets and had a full hospitality area. We also have two local schools and five local football teams booked to attend.
"Moving the game to a Sunday at such short notice would have left them disappointed and we would have had to refund all supporters and sponsors who couldn't make the Sunday.
"We don't see why we as a club should be out of pocket and nor should our supporters be inconvenienced. We don't get any TV money as compensation for moving this game and we feel moving a game at such short notice is unfair on our supporters and sponsors.
"We understand Stevenage's frustration but they are receiving compensation in the form of TV fees for the inconvenience of playing on the Thursday evening."

Stevenage's first-round replay at Isthmian Premier League Maidstone, after a 0-0 draw, has been selected for television coverage, meaning both sides will receive a £33,750 payment.

However, Westley hoped Northampton would move the League Two fixture at Sixfields to the Sunday in order to give his side time to recover.

"We had the request refused, unreasonably in my opinion," he said.

"We don't think it's right. We'll get the coach from Maidstone and go straight up there and play it three o'clock Friday - that's the way we feel about it.

"It's made us more determined to get the right result on the Saturday."

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