Striker Scott not playing in play-off final - for a very good reason

Scott Boden of Torquay United challenges for the aerial ball with Ben Nugent of Barnet during Torquay United v Barnet

Scott Boden of Torquay United challenges for the aerial ball with Ben Nugent of Barnet during Torquay United v Barnet at Plainmoor last month - Credit: Dave Crawford/PPAUK

The return of centre-forward Danny Wright has been Torquay United's best-kept secret, but another can now be revealed - why striker Scott Boden is not involved in the National League play-offs.

The 31-year-old forward has scored six goals on loan from NL rivals Chesterfield, but manager Gary Johnson has left him out of late - for a very good reason.

Boden is getting married on Saturday - 24 hours before Torquay meet Hartlepool United in the play-off final at Ashton Gate!

"Scott was due to be married last summer but the Covid lockdown stopped that. So they put it back to this year, not knowing that he'd be with us or that this season would go on so long." explained Johnson.

"We signed Scott to cover while Danny was injured, and he's not only scored six times, but he's been a very passionate and experienced player for us.

"I've obviously known about the wedding, and I had to take a bit of a gamble not playing Scott in the last couple of games, but thank goodness it's coincided with Danny's return now.

"So all's well that end's well.

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"We've given Scott a couple of days off this week, but he's still part of our squad, we hope they have a great day and we know he'll be cheering us on in the final."