An all-round team performance in the third round at home to Bolton Wanderers set up tonight's tie and Mark Tinkler's side will need to be at their best to progress.

"We've had them watched and we know they are a very decent side," says the Lead Coach of the U18s.

"There's no doubt this will be a good test for the lads, Stevenage are very handy."

The night before Boro beat Bolton 2-0, Stevenage won 5-1 away to Fleetwood and Tinkler is under no illusions about the size of the task in hand.

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"No side should ever be underestimated, we know what Stevenage are capable of and there's no doubt we're going to have to be at our best.

"Whatever happens, this will be a great part of the education of young players taking their first steps in the game."

Last season Boro reached the fifth round following wins over Rotherham United and Fulham, before losing to the only goal of the game scored in extra-time by Leicester City.

Stevenage suffered in the third round last season, beaten 10-1 by a Tottenham side who went on to reach the semi-final where they were pummelled by Chelsea.

Kick-off at the Lamex Arena is 7pm. The tie must be decided tonight, with extra-time and penalties the route if the score is level at the end of 90 and 120 minutes.