Two early goals set Stevenage on their way to victory over Morecambe.
Scott Laird darted between two defenders to slot past Barry Roche after just five minutes.
Laird's cross created the second four minutes later when Kieran Charnock sliced his attempted clearance into his own net.
Chris McCready headed the Shrimps' best chance over the bar while Stewart Hendrie forced Chris Day into a save and Andy Parrish lashed just wide.
Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio: "It was terrific to see the players respond to the task of getting out of the traps and getting ahead as early as we possibly can do.
"The confidence is growing and the forward momentum is getting much stronger. If we can continue that, we'll give ourselves a chance to progress.
"What would be noted today is our defensive organisation and work-rate as a team rather than our attacking play."
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Saturday, 22 January 2011
Npower League Two
Charnock (og) 9
04 Charles (Sinclair 58)
21 Mousinho (Harrison 80)
09 Griffin (Daley 64)
20 Beardsley yellow card
09 Shuker (Rundle 85)
11 Wainwright (Jevons 54)
21 Mullin yellow card (Hendrie 77)
Ref: WhitestoneAtt: 2,002
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+4:04 The referee blows for the end of the match.
90:00+0:44 Corner taken left-footed by Adam Rundle from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Michael Bostwick.
89:29 Effort on goal by Stewart Drummond from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
86:07 Inswinging corner taken by Craig Stanley, Chris Beardsley makes a clearance.
84:36 Adam Rundle takes a shot. Save by Chris Day.
84:16 Substitution Adam Rundle is brought on as a substitute for Chris Shuker.
80:41 Kieran Charnock challenges Michael Bostwick unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Scott Laird
from the free kick.
79:42 Substitution John Mousinho leaves the field to be replaced by Byron Harrison.
78:59 Effort from deep inside the area by Phil Jevons clears the bar.
78:25 Lawrie Wilson produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
78:01 Outswinging corner taken by Craig Stanley from the right by-line played to the near post, Scott Laird makes a clearance.
77:31 Stewart Hendrie takes a shot. Save made by Chris Day.
76:24 Robert Sinclair takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, free kick awarded for a foul by Jon Ashton
on Paul Mullin. Barry Roche takes the direct free kick.
76:24 Substitution Paul Mullin goes off and Stewart Hendrie comes on.
73:18 Craig Stanley takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Mark Roberts.
70:35 Chris Beardsley concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Parrish. Direct free kick taken by Barry Roche.
70:23 Effort from the edge of the area by Craig Stanley goes wide of the right-hand upright.
70:00 Andy Parrish fouled by Luke Daley, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Barry Roche.
68:53 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Robert Sinclair played to the near post.
66:57 Chris Beardsley concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Stanley. Direct free kick taken by Barry Roche.
66:57 Booking Chris Beardsley is cautioned.
66:04 Corner from the right by-line taken by Laurence Wilson, clearance made by Jon Ashton.
65:33 Corner taken left-footed by Laurence Wilson from the right by-line to the near post, Jon Ashton manages to make a clearance.
63:46 Substitution Luke Daley on for Charlie Griffin.
61:50 Craig Stanley produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.
59:24 Scott Laird fouled by Paul Mullin, the ref awards a free kick. Scott Laird restarts play with the free kick.
58:02 Corner taken short by Laurence Wilson, Paul Mullin challenges Ronnie Henry unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Day
takes the free kick.
57:24 Free kick awarded for a foul by Charlie Griffin on Andy Parrish. Barry Roche takes the free kick.
57:24 Substitution Robert Sinclair comes on in place of Darius Charles.
53:20 Substitution (Morecambe) makes a substitution, with Phil Jevons coming on for Neil Wainwright.
47:36 Charlie Griffin takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Craig Stanley.
45:47 Andy Parrish challenges Chris Beardsley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jon Ashton.
45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
45:00+2:10 It is the end of the first-half.
45:00+0:37 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Chris Day.
42:25 Unfair challenge on Mark Roberts by Paul Mullin results in a free kick. Ronnie Henry takes the direct free kick.
37:11 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Charlie Griffin.
36:04 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Shuker from the right by-line to the near post, Headed effort on goal by Chris
McCready from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.
33:56 Foul by Paul Mullin on Scott Laird, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Darius Charles.
33:56 Booking The referee shows Paul Mullin a yellow card.
27:35 Shot by Charlie Griffin from outside the box goes over the target.
26:36 Lawrie Wilson takes a shot. Save made by Barry Roche.
24:05 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Charlie Griffin from the right by-line to the near post, Headed effort from inside
the area by Scott Laird misses to the right of the target.
23:52 Lawrie Wilson takes a shot. Blocked by Kieran Charnock.
21:03 Foul by Chris Beardsley on Kieran Charnock, free kick awarded. Barry Roche takes the free kick.
20:19 Effort on goal by John Mousinho from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
19:41 John Mousinho is penalised for a handball. Andy Parrish takes the direct free kick.
17:29 Chris McCready gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Beardsley. Chris Day restarts play with the free kick.
15:37 Chris Shuker is ruled offside. Chris Day takes the direct free kick.
14:57 Charlie Griffin produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
14:01 Scott Laird challenges Neil Wainwright unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Craig Stanley.
8:42 Assist by Scott Laird.
8:42 GOAL - Kieran Charnock:Stevenage 2 - 0 Morecambe Own goal by Kieran Charnock. Stevenage 2-0 Morecambe.
6:51 Scott Laird has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
4:43 John Mousinho provided the assist for the goal.
4:43 GOAL - Scott Laird:Stevenage 1 - 0 Morecambe A goal is scored by Scott Laird from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Stevenage 1-0 Morecambe.
3:57 Effort on goal by Craig Stanley from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
2:33 Chris Beardsley has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.
2:22 The assistant referee signals for offside against Paul Mullin. Chris Day takes the direct free kick.
0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
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