Stevenage ended their nine-year curse of failing to win on opening day thanks to a Chris Whelpdale second half goal. Hartlepool almost scored two minutes into the game but could hit the crossbar. Stevenage had plenty of chances to find the net before Whelpdale secured the win. Hartlepool did have a penalty shout in the dying minutes but it was turned down.

In a new feature Scouting Report we look at three Stevenage players whose performances helped contribute to the win.

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Studying Sports Journalism at University of Sunderland. Love the Football League and supporter of Stevenage FC. My Twitter: @Ryan_J_Fisher