Stevenage hat-trick hero Matt Godden on Nantwich as Darren Sarll says Swindon FA Cup match will be a ‘challenge’

PUBLISHED: 11:54 08 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:49 08 November 2017

Matt Godden with the match ball claps the fans after the final whistle. Picture: Danny Loo

Matt Godden with the match ball claps the fans after the final whistle. Picture: Danny Loo

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Stevenage’s hat-trick hero Matty Godden is on fire as he tells CometSport he feels ‘fit and sharp’ ahead of the clash with table toppers Notts County at the Lamex on Saturday.

GOAL! Matt Godden celebrates his hat trick. Picture: Danny Loo GOAL! Matt Godden celebrates his hat trick. Picture: Danny Loo

The former livewire Scunthorpe United forward grabbed a treble as Boro beat Nantwich Town of the Evo-Stik Norther Premier League 5-0 in their FA Cup first round clash at the weekend.

GOAL! Matt Godden rifles in his second goal and Stevenage's fourth. Picture: Danny Loo GOAL! Matt Godden rifles in his second goal and Stevenage's fourth. Picture: Danny Loo

An impressive trio from Godden and two from right back Jonathan Smith saw Boro home comfortably after left-back Joe Martin provided four assists.

GOAL! Matt Godden rifles in his second goal and Stevenage's fourth. Picture: Danny Loo GOAL! Matt Godden rifles in his second goal and Stevenage's fourth. Picture: Danny Loo

The scoreline was harsh on The Dabbers as they never stopped working hard but Darren Sarrl’s men now face Swindon Town after former Manchester United forward Andy Cole drew the North Herts side out of the hat during the BBC’s televised draw on Monday evening.

GOAL! Matt Godden celebrates his hat trick. Picture: Danny Loo GOAL! Matt Godden celebrates his hat trick. Picture: Danny Loo

Godden has drawn comparisons with clinical Cole for the quality of his finishing and the 5-0 rout was no different.

Matt Godden looks to get a cross in. Picture: Danny Loo Matt Godden looks to get a cross in. Picture: Danny Loo

Speaking to CometSport with the match ball safely tucked in his bag a pleased Godden said: “There’s been a bit of banter flying around the dressing room about who got the first goal. I’ll be claiming it as striker. We’re pleased to get the win and get through to the next round.

Nantwich Town FC manager Dave Cooke greets Stevenage manager Darren Sarll. Picture: Danny Loo Nantwich Town FC manager Dave Cooke greets Stevenage manager Darren Sarll. Picture: Danny Loo

“We had to show them respect as they opened our eyes a bit in the first half and all credit to them for doing that.

Stevenage manager Darren Sarll points to the badge as he claps the fans. Picture: Danny Loo Stevenage manager Darren Sarll points to the badge as he claps the fans. Picture: Danny Loo

“Maybe we should have got in their faces a bit more but these ties are never easy and they’re ‘lose-lose’ in a way as you’re expected to win.”

Boss Darren Sarrl was delighted with the victory against the Dabbers, who took more than 300 fans to the Lamex.

He said: “I gave Nantwich the same respect I’d give Brighton or Notts County.

“Did we want to avoid an upset? Absolutely – we did the business.

“The game’s about scoring goals and not conceding. We did our job right.”

Speaking after his side’s 3-1 win on Tuesday – as a brace from Alex Samuel and a penalty from Kyle Wotton – before a late Jamie Murphy strike for the visitors saw Boro beat Brighton under-21s – he added of the FA Cup second round match: “A home draw is what you want but Swindon will be a challenge”.

He also said he is expecting a ‘tough match’ against table-toppers Notts County who visit the Lamex on Saturday.

Read CometSport ahead of Notts County for more from prolific Matty and boss Sarll.

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