Stevenage’s top scorer set to miss League Two promotion run-in

PUBLISHED: 14:08 19 April 2017 | UPDATED: 14:08 19 April 2017

Matt Godden. Picture: Danny Loo

Matt Godden. Picture: Danny Loo

Danny Loo Photography 2017

A broken toe is set to keep Matt Godden out of Stevenage’s promotion run-in.

Boro’s top scorer picked up the injury in Friday’s 1-0 home defeat to Morecambe with boss Darren Sarll confirming his striker is set for six weeks on the sidelines.

Speaking after Monday’s trip to Carlisle United, which saw Steven Schumacher’s 50th minute penalty cancelled out by Jabo Ibehre, Sarll told the club’s website: “He played pretty much 70 minutes with a broken big toe so Matthew will be out now for six weeks.

“Obviously he is very disappointed but he should be very proud of his first season’s contribution.

“I hope he heals quickly. I hope he pats himself on the back for being a massive part of the reason why we are challenging where we are.

“If we can get him back sooner than that six week deadline, then great. If not, he can be so, so proud of his work this year.”

Boro are back in action this Saturday with the visit of Mansfield Town to the Lamex.

The Stags have a realistic chance of making the play-offs themselves despite sitting in 12th place.

Just six points separate Luton Town, who are fourth, with Wycombe Wanderers down in 13th place with Boro in the thick of the action in fifth place.

Stevenage’s results have dropped off over the past three games with Boro having picked up just the one point.

But they were deserving 2-1 winners the last time they played Mansfield at Field Mill back in October with goals from Charlie Lee and Harry McKirdy.

Speaking about the importance of a point at Carlisle, who are eighth in the table, Sarll added: “I thought [the players] were brilliant. I just said to them, that is a massive point for us to be taking away at Carlisle and to move us another place up the table.

“That is the momentum we want at this time of year but we also wanted to stop the negative momentum that we maybe picked up in the last couple of games.

“Psychologically a massive, massive performance and result for us. Because of what has happened in the last seven days, even more so.

“My lads ran themselves back into the race and the hunt [against Carlisle]. A win would have been more than credible for their efforts.”

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