Stevenage boss Graham Westley has only two players missing as his side embark on their first match in the third tier of English football with a home clash against Exeter.

Midfielder Rob Sinclair is sidelined with a groin strain and goalkeeper Chris Day is out of action due to a finger injury.

However, Westley has a sizeable pool of players to choose from and summer signings Guy Madjo, Alan Julian, Phil Edwards, Jennison Myrie-Williams and Robin Shroot should all come into contention.

Stevenage have achieved successive promotions in the past two seasons and Westley believes his men will get the respect he feels they deserve.

Westley said: "I don't think people will underestimate us as Stevenage has got a reputation for being a difficult side to play."

Exeter's summer signings Guillem Bauza and Danny Coles are hoping to shake off injuries in time to make their debuts.

Spanish striker Bauza, who joined the Grecians as a free agent in May following a short-term spell at Northampton, has been struggling with a groin problem.

Defender Coles, signed from Bristol Rovers, has not featured since the Grecians' opening pre-season friendly against Dorchester due to a thigh strain.

Recent loan signing Nicholas Bignall is expected to make his first appearance following his arrival from Reading.

Another new signing, Callum McNish - released by Southampton at the end of last season - struck a spectacular opening goal for the Grecians in their 2-0 win at Chippenham and is hoping to make his debut.

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