Boden shines as Gulls' first-half goals see off Woking
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On-loan striker Scott Boden can make promotion-chasing Torquay United forget that popular centre-forward Danny Wright is injured, says manager Gary Johnson.
Wright, along with Armani Little, Kyle Cameron and Benji Kimpioka, had to miss Tuesday's seventh win in eight games - 2-0 at Woking - all of them because of recurring hamstring trouble.
But Boden from Chesterfield opened the scoring with his third goal in eight starts, and Johnson said: "It was Scott's best game for us.
"I think he's ready to take the mantle on from Danny, and he certainly did that at Woking.
"He held the ball up really well, he's a great finisher and he could have done nothing more to get another couple of goals."
Wright still hopes to return during the last eight games of the National League run-in, Little and Sunderland loanee striker Kimpioka should be back next week and Cameron may get a similar verdict within days.
Johnson took Boden, Jake Andrews and Dean Moxey off at Kingfield, but he reported: "It was precaution more than anything - they are all fine."
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The Gulls' boss praised a 'relentless' first-half display, which produced goals by Boden after 14 minutes and Connor Lemonheigh-Evans at 16 minutes, his seventh of the season.
"We could easily have been three or four up at half-time - I thought the boys were magnificent in the first half," said Johnson.
"We would have liked to have got a couple more goals in the second half, but it was still a fantastic result."
United (P34/66pts) are within a point of leaders Hartlepool (36/67), and only goal-difference keeps them behind second-placed Sutton (33/66).
The Gulls now have three successive home matches - Notts County this Saturday, Aldershot Town on Tuesday and Eastleigh on May 1.
Their home game against Bromley at 5.20pm on Saturday, May 8, will also be live on BT Sport.