Daz targets the play-offs
STEVENAGE Boro striker Darryn Stamp is determined to continue his hot goalscoring streak. The tall forward has scored in each of Boro s last four games, his latest goal coming in Saturday s 2-0 win over Gravesend and Northfleet. Stamp, now with 11 goals i
STEVENAGE Boro striker Darryn Stamp is determined to continue his hot goalscoring streak.
The tall forward has scored in each of Boro's last four games, his latest goal coming in Saturday's 2-0 win over Gravesend and Northfleet.
Stamp, now with 11 goals in the Conference this season, said: "I'm pleased with four in four and it's great to score in that number of consecutive games.
"I've worked well with Nursey and he seems to be the perfect foil - his pace and my height.
"I've had a couple of injuries which have held me back but I'm fine now.
"Everyone is confident we can do it this year.
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"We need to get into the play-offs first and we fancy our chances against anyone once it is on a home and away basis.
"We learned quite a lot from last year. You only have to look at what Carlisle have done this season with basically the same squad to see what's possible."
Stamp also praised the Boro defence who have conceded only one goal in the last 270 minutes.
"The back four have been solid in recent games. After losing against Burton and letting ourselves down, they were important results at Exeter and Accrington and now Gravesend.
"I'm surprised Accrington have run away with it since Christmas. I expected it to be tight at the top for the automatic spot.
"The play-off places are up for grabs and we've got to make sure we're one of the teams involved."
The return of skipper Jason Goodliffe has also coincided with Boro's recent good results.
Goodliffe has returned from another injury lay-off to inspire Boro to wins over Exeter and Gravesend and a draw at champions-elect Accrington Stanley.
The influential central defender said: "It's obviously great to be back playing and involved again.
"The results have gone well in the three games I've been involved with.
"Exeter and Accrington away were tough games. Our performance at Accrington deserved more than the point in my opinion.
"We've got ourselves into a good position now. We must focus on the job we've got to do.
"If we get four wins out of six we will be in the play-offs I believe.
"We proved last season that we can win when we need to and in the big games."
Goodliffe continued: "The majority of the squad is now fit. We've a strong squad and that's good for Graham (Westley) to choose from.
"Having someone like Barry Laker back in the team, along with Luke Oliver now, has made a big difference.
"It's been two clean sheets out of three and hopefully another one this Saturday."
Boro travel to Kidderminster Harriers this Saturday.
Ollie Berquez continues his suspension and Jon Nurse is an injury doubt.
The Jekyll and Hyde outfit won 1-0 at Hereford on Saturday but were thrashed 5-0 at home by Grays Athletic on Tuesday night.
Boro boss Graham Westley said: "I watched their game against Grays and I won't be conned by the scoreline; it definitely was not a reflection of the game as a whole.
"We've now got to win four, possibly five and maybe even all six games to get into the play-offs."
Goodliffe added: "Kidderminster have shown that on their day they are capable of beating the good sides and we'll have to be on our game."
A Boro XI will also play Bishop's Stortford in the Herts Senior Cup final at the County Ground, Letchworth, on Tuesday night (7.45pm ko). Westley said: "It's silverware, a trophy and the club has never won the competition before."
Home (three remaining)
April 8: Scarborough; April 17: Crawley Town; April 22: York City
Away (three remaining)
April 1: Kidderminster Harriers; April 14: Halifax Town; April 29: Forest Green Rovers
All Saturday games except away at Halifax (Good Friday) and home to Crawley Town (Easter Monday).