Guthrie: ‘Stevenage still swinging for promotion’
KURTIS GUTHRIE is backing Stevenage FC to make a late play-off push after scoring four goals in two games for the League Two club.
The Islander took his goal-scoring tally for 2018/19 to 11 on Saturday with a double against Carlisle, having done the same a week earlier against Grimsby.
Stevenage currently sit 11th in the fourth tier with four games remaining – five points adrift of the promotion play-offs – but Guthrie says the club are due a good run as he looks to continue turning heads.
‘We’ve got four games left and if we can win them all then I think we’re in with a shout,’ said the 25-year-old, who joined Stevenage on a one-year deal after leaving Colchester United in 2018.
‘Teams always slip up at this stage but we’ve not really put together a good run yet this season, so hopefully now this is our run of games where we can keep winning.’
He added: ‘The last few weeks have been nice for me. We’ve changed formation which suits me better and I’m playing as a central striker now, as opposed to being out wide in a front three.
‘I’ve been happy with it. I’ve been able to focus more on the attacking side, rather than the defensive side, which benefits me and it’s been paying off.’
If former Muratti man Guthrie extends his current deal at the Lamex Stadium he is likely to appear at Springfield this summer, as part of Stevenage’s pre-season tour to the Island. They are set to meet Jersey Bulls on Saturday 6 July.
‘It’s a good thing, what they’re trying to do in Jersey,’ he said.
‘For such a long time the football scene has been stagnant there so on that front it [the pre-season friendly] will help aspiring footballers and maybe create opportunities for them to fulfil their dreams.
‘It’s nothing new for me, though. I know what Jersey is about and we’re there incredibly early. We might only have been back in training for a week so there will be an awful lot of rust and a few heavy lungs, but I guess getting into that sort of environment as early as possible is good.’
Stevenage have so far sold over 100 tickets to their own fans for the friendly – Bulls’ inaugural match ahead of their entry into the Combined Counties League in August.
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