After another good win on Saturday to make it 5 out of 6, we have a quick turnaround for a second home game in a few days against Wrexham, a team that made the play-offs last year. Unfortunately, for them, they haven’t replicated last season’s form and are currently in the relegation places mainly due to an appalling run of away games with just three draws and six losses to give them three points on the road. They will be desperate to rectify this and an ex player that will be up for the game is Luke Young, one of the better players in a succession of poor squads over 4 years that culminated in our relegation that was only last year! He scored a good goal on Saturday as well from the edge of the area through a crowded goal mouth.
What a difference Johnson has wrought in 13 months with a steady improvement this season that has seen our generally smaller players adapt and stand up to and then outplay the larger teams in this division. It is almost certain that Little will be out for this game after his injury which possibly gives room for Janneh on the bench unless deemed fit to start and await confirmation of his loan signing today (Monday). If Johnson otherwise keeps the same team with Janneh on the bench then Whitfield could move back into the hole with either Kalala or Edwards starting on the wing.
Should be a good game and like last season we are seeing plenty of goals and who would bet on Reid not scoring?
The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.
One were expected to win but I don't see any easy three points in this division. Wrexham, an ex league club who have a lot of pride, they must be wondering whats happened after last seasons exploits but we all know to well that it can go tits up as the expectation rises and does quite often. They will be desperate to end their dismal away record and with ex player Luke Young, who will have something to prove no doubt, starting regularly this will be an interesting contest and possibly just as difficult as Barrow on Saturday. For sure GJ will emphasize this to the squad in his pre match chat and remind them all of the last struggling ex league club we played, Chesterfield.
Will be good to see Saikou Janneh back and more than likely on the bench though I wouldn't be at all surprised if he starts. Whatever a big warm welcome awaits one of last seasons league champion winning hero's ..
Super interview and a reminder of this lads quality with a couple of clips of his goals from last season.
Another miserable night of weather in prospect with the addition of gale force winds. Sadly this is sure to affect the attendance. Thought the pitch stood up remarkably well on Saturday. Some standing water in certain areas but the drainage work does appear to reaping rewards already and I guess the ground staff will be forking away right up to KO.
Hope were on it from the off again we started so well on Saturday, we were out of the blocks quick with our passing game and energy which set the pattern despite going a goal down early on. One change inevitably but who will come in for Armani?
My education started when I left Highweek School for boys..
A hard earned win tonight in horrible weather conditions. Crowd a decent 2,313 considering the conditions with a decent away turn out of 132. It was a decent atmosphere tonight and I thought the crowd did well to lift the team at times. Sponsors MOTM going to Cameron. Our defence on the whole held up well tonight and personally I would have given the MOTM to goal hero Davis who is having a great season. Cundy also made some impressive timely interceptions and Wynter wins some decent tackles at right back as well. Torquay had to dig in tonight and credit to them for grinding out this win. Wrexham will rue a series of missed chances especially in the first half
All game long it rained with a strong swirling wind that made the game a right battle for the players. The wind seemed to blow in different directions, some times across the pitch towards the Popular stand and other times towards the Family Stand. The truth is that in the first half Wrexham adapted well to the conditions and Torquay could not get their game together. Wrexham should have been comfortably winning at half time. They had many near misses where the ball just went the wrong side of the goal. Torquay were also careless in possession not retaining possession and losing the physical battle especially in midfield. Torquay looked lightweight and needed someone like Asa Hall in midfield doing the ugly things and getting stuck in and winning tackles. Vincent looked too lightweight in midfield for this sort of battle.Torquay were also sloppy in communication in defence and Cundy, who on the whole was excellent in defence, headed the ball back to MacDonald but instead put Wrexham through on goal. MacDonald himself missed one corner he called for but Cundy rescued the situation with a clearance. It was not good viewing from a Torquay perspective. However Wrexham did not get the vital break through and there was relief that Torquay got to half time at 0-0.
With the wind more in Torquay's favour and Wrexham after putting in such a good first half shift that they would find hard to maintain, Torquay improved in the second half. MacDonald made a couple of decent diving saves early in the first half. Davis, of all players, scored Torquay's goal. Andrews put him through in the penalty box on our left. Davis shot accurately and powerfully from a tight angle into the far corner of the net. It was a quality finish. Torquay finally found their rhythm and started to boss the game. Their passing was now crisp and accurate and were running Wrexham ragged. There was one amazing incident when Andrews headed the ball back to Janneh who had his header tipped onto the post by their keeper. The rebound came out and Reid blasted the ball but their keeper tipped it over the bar - it was a fine reflex save. Later, Reid should have put the game to bed but was wasteful with his finishing on a couple of occasions.
It was a pleasure to see Janneh again linking with Reid. Janneh came on in the second half to a huge cheer from the home fans and at times reminded us of his pace and skill. Torqauy saw out the remainder of the match to win 1-0. Torquay dominated the last 30 minutes of the second half but Wrexham can count themselves unfortunate to not be leading by then. It's tough when you are near the bottom as we are all too aware ourselves. If you don't take your chances when on top you often end up losing when you are struggling in the league.
A difficult game tonight in the wind, rain and slippy conditions against a resolute Wrexham side who can count themselves unlucky not to be bringing anything back home with them.
We had a good attack early on but failed to make much headway fighting against the wind as well as a strong Wrexham side who carved out 3 or 4 good chances in the first half but were unable to capitalise on them. The best of them was when Cundy was dispossessed by their striker to create a one on one with MacDonald but he tried an aimless chip when actually had a lot more time to rifle the ball home. Possibly a sign of a team low on confidence. I spoke to Swanny briefly at half time and he was not impressed with the first 45!
Wrexham had another good chance at the start of the second with the ball fed to their striker on the left of the area and his low shot to the far post was just diverted wide with MacDonald getting a hand to it as he got down low. Shortly after we scored with some good interaction from Andrews putting Davis free into the area and his close range shot found its way just inside the far post for a goal seemingly out of nothing.
We did then start to create opportunities with the game opening up with Buse hitting a long range speculative shot, onto the top of the bar, Jannah having a header tipped onto the post and the follow up shot from Reid being very well deflected over by their keeper and Reid managed to burst through their defence from a good through ball late on but for once hit over the bar when invariably he has been putting those sorts of chances away but we are all human I suppose!
It was nervy finish nevertheless with again Wrexham missing a header just outside the six yard box being put wide of the near post and the sort of thing that regularly happened to us during relegation scraps so a bit nicer to see it from the other side for once.
I thought Wynter had a good game both in defence and going forward as did Davis on the other wing who was rewarded with a rare but well deserved goal for his endeavours today. Edwards and Janneh need a bit more game time but showed some good signs today with the latter very warmly received when he came on for his season debut with us. Lewis certainly does a job when he comes on and help to protect our lead.
We ended with a front four of Whitfield, Janneh, Reid and Edwards which is pretty pacey and liable to cause problems in this league galore.
The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.
My early season reports often reached the same conclusion. We had the flair and the skill to be at the top of the table, but lacked the strength, the experience and the nous - making us a mid-table team.
We have now started to show some of those qualities that we seemed to lack. Credit to the manager for leading the horse to water, but you can't make it drink. Credit to our young players for listening and learning. Those are qualities which lead to young players realising their potential rather than wasting it.
Horrible conditions today making the kind of football we like to play almost impossible.
Wrexham are in a false position. When they get a win under the belt, they will move up the table. At the start of the season, they would have seen us off just as Barrow would have.
Playing in to horrible driving wind and rain, we could not really get going. But we hung on in there and got to half time all square.
With the wind and rain behind our backs, we dominated and closed out a hard-fought and well-deserved win.
Very happy with the result. What more can this team achieve?
I don’t really trust them not to build more houses and then not deliver the stadium and just sod off
An untidy but still impressive performance for various reasons but totally expected considering the conditions and the fact we were playing against the "wounded dogs" of the division.
Read a few reports and its highly apparent many have forgotten what a "poor" performance actually is. This wasn't pretty by any means but as I expected Wrexham, desperate to climb away from the drop zone and impress the new manager were up for the challenge with a gale behind them and snapping at our heels giving us no room to pass and move and worked their nuts off to get a break through. Unlike Barrow who came to play a more open game and sat far to deep with ten men which played into our hands somewhat. We came through that very difficult first half slightly fortuitously unscathed and still continued with our game plan and played to our strengths as the opposition tired we began to make inroads as expected. Once the stuffing was knocked out of the opposition we began to look very threatening and having the luxury of bringing on two high class players helped to keep Wrexham pushed back as the wind died a little.
Janneh looked sharp and obviously loves it here and being adored by the fans. Ben Wynter my MOM with Matt Buse and Shaun Mac not far behind. Wynts he has made such huge strides in all departments and now looks a real player.
Win ugly ? Yes we did I'll take that thank you very much and without criticism of the players who I thought were excellent on the night considering. A banana skin avoided.