Stevenage goalkeeper Chris Day admits winning back-to-back promotions with the League Two side via the play-offs would be the highlight of his career.

After winning the conference last season, a late season run of nine wins in 11 games helped the club surge into the top seven, where they face Accrington Stanley in the end of season play-offs.

And Day, who has been an ever-present this season for Boro, and helped guide them to an FA Trophy victory and the Conference title in successive seasons, says promotion this season would top any previous achievement.

“I’ve had good moments before but when you’ve played every minute of the season and you can come out with something at the end of it, whether it be a play-off final, a cup or promotion you feel that you’ve had a massive part to play in it, so it would be brilliant,” he told GiveMeFootball.

“I’ve lived in the town since 1997 so on a personal level it’s great to see so many people go on the ride with us as well.”

Despite being newly promoted, Graham Westley’s side have adapted well to life in the Football League, and along their way to finishing sixth, they beat Premier League side Newcastle United in the third round of the FA Cup.

That, coupled with their impressive record in the FA Trophy, where they’ve reached the final in three of the past four years, sets the club up well for what Day labels as a cup football scenario.

 

“We’re entering cup football now and we’ve not been too bad over the years.”

“We’ve got a good record in the FA Trophy over a few seasons as well so when it comes to winning one off games of football we’re not bad at that a team so that will hold us in good stead.”

Their opponents Stanley go into the two-legged tie unbeaten in their last 13 games, having kept nine clean sheets while Stevenage have just one win in their last six, but the 35-year-old Day believes recent form counts for little at this stage of the season.

“Obviously if you’re going into it with six back-to-back wins its fantastic but none of us at any level are Barcelona so sooner or later one of us gets beaten, maybe we’ve had our defeat already and maybe it’s our turn now to go on a little run.

“Sooner or later these runs come to an end.

“We’ve made no plans for the end of the season, this is not where it’s meant to finish for us. I’d like to think that there’ll be a group of players with families around signing off the season altogether.

“We’re ready to go the distance.”

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