Excellent result and looking at the table a very important one as well. I'm still sure that once Christmas is out of the way the gates will pick up to a level at which they should be. We really should be getting nearer 3000 at the moment. Pleased for Roscoe today, I'm normally quite a critic of his but 2 goals deserves a pat on back. Can't wait for my first away day of the season at the "muff" on boxing day, hoping for a good turnout of gulls 1000+ isn't out of the question.
Just back form a very entertaining match dominated by the Gulls for 80 minutes of the 90. The Gulls could well have come in at half time leading by many more but for miscues and poor luck with the Histon back line looking extremely vulnerable to the pace and trickery of Matt Green and the supreme aerial dominance of Tim Sills. Histon offered very little going forward and looked ragged in all departments with their reshuffled back line in particular being exposed time after time. Both Dsane goals coming from set pieces the first from a Carlisle corner and Sills knock down fired in from close range. The second very similar from one of a series of dangerous long throws from Nicholson. Half time and we expected more of the same but for ten minutes we looked like a team who thought they had done enough and Histon could see a small chink of light after a long through ball fell to Wright who bustled his way in to the box and hit a low cross shot under the advancing Beavon. 2-1 and all of a sudden and we all realised it could all go tits up, luckily so did the players and we once again raised the level. On the 60th minute a quick passing and incisive break out from another desperate Histon assault resulted in Nicky Rowe finding himself on the halfway line with a straight run on goal. With great control and an incisive burst of pace confronted the Histon keep and shot low past him and in to the empty net for the best goal of the game. Histon, to there credit still tried to press forward and forced a few dangerous corners which on a few occasions could easily have ended in the back of the Torquay net and lesser sides would no doubt have succumbed but this torquay squad is built of stern stuff and the tie was dead and buried after Tim Sills deservedly tapped in from a woods pull back on 85. One of the most entertaining games so far and it also answered a few questions for me one confirming that Matt Green can be a very important player in the second half of the season always looking to turn his man and holding the ball up very well indeed and with a little more luck with the run of the ball today could have scored a couple. What this does is take a little pressure off of Tim Sills who once again dominated in the air and was quite outstanding today. Nicky Rowe also looked a class or two above this level and was my man of the match. All in all a wonderful effort from every one - they all played their part in a very exciting win. ;D
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Great performance and result today and 4-1 was fully deserved. In fact there were so many clear chances in the match mainly from Torquay it could have ended as a crazy score-line. Sponsors MOTM Dsane, who went off injured in the second half but scored Torquay's first two goals. Crowd 2,201, a total of 15 from Histon with five flags draped across the away end which meant there was an incredibly high ratio of flags compared to supporters !
Today was a perfect day to play Histon with both their central defenders out suspended and their keeper clearly carrying an injury relying on a defender to take goal-kicks. Torquay showed no mercy and ripped into Histon from the first whistle. We had two clear chances before Dsane scored on seven minutes from a Carlisle corner. Torquay were rampant and Histon were seriously struggling to cope with Torquay's set-pieces from corners and Nicholson's throws. Dsane finished sharply in the box from a Nicholson long throw headed on by Sills to make it a deserved 2-0 score-line after 22 minutes.Still the chances were coming. The most memorable chance was from Carlisle. Histon's goalkeeper had committed himself out of the penalty area and Carlisle was about 25 yards out with just the keeper to beat. A relatively simple chip over the keeper and it would have been 3-0. However Carlisle delayed and ended up shooting weakly at the keeper. 2-0 half-time and it should have been more.
Histon must have had a half-time roasting and took the game to Torquay and had a good 15 minute spell of pressure. After 49 minutes a Histon player beat Mansell on their left about 30 yards out and was through on goal and slotted the ball past Bevan. 2-1 and game on again. It seemed absurd that Histon should get something from the match as they had been second best for so long. Bevan made a couple of decent saves, and like Torquay, Histon were a big threat from their long throw specialist. They knew how to get the ball into dangerous areas.
At 2-1 and things looking a little worrying it was good to hear all three sides of Torquay trying to rouse the team with "yellow army" etc. It was interesting that even Buckle remarked about this in his post-match interview.
However from a counter attack Torquay got their third and it was a real beauty. A through ball in his own half from Green (I believe) sent Wroe clear on goal just over the half-way line. Wroe dribbled towards the goal and planted the ball low past the keeper, a very cool finish. For the rest of the match there were numerous chances at both ends with both teams having several corners and long throws. Carayol had come on for the injured Dsane at left-wing. Nicholson crashed one shot against the crossbar as chances were coming thick and fast at both ends.
After 85 minutes from another Torquay corner, Woods headed back from a deep corner, and Sills finished from close range. It was no more than Torquay deserved. Late on Benyon came on for Green who had used his pace to good effect and had got stuck in well. Wroe also had time to sum up his excellent performance late on with a last ditch tackle to save a certain goal about 6 yards out.
A fine team performance by all and a fully deserved 4-1 win !
A great afternoon at Plainmoor and a game we fully deserved to win, we did have one spell at the start of the second half, that looked for a while we might have thrown away all the good work done in the first half.
We could have been six nil up by halftime and the game would have been over, but a mixture of poor finishing and some poor decisions, made the half time score only two nil. As early as five minutes the ball dropped to Dsane who hit a half volley straight at the keeper, when if he had put in either side it, he would have scored.
Green was excellent upfront, chasing and winning balls that always looked like the defender would be favorite to get, he was guilty of falling down a few times, maybe it was his studs, who knows, but he played a big part into days win.
One ball he won near the corner he passed it to Carlise, who should have hit it, but he tried to play in back to Sills on the edge of the box. Carlise was then put through with a great pass and their keeper was way outside his box, as he was retreating the ball was there to lob over him, but somehow Carlise hit the keeper with his shot.
Our first goal was from a corner, don't know why their keeper never went for the ball, but in dropped to Dsane who was in the middle of the goal and he smashed it in the back of the net.Then the ball came in from the right, sure Sills won his header to flick the ball on to Dsane who from just inside the box hit a clean drive to make it two nil.
I can't think of anything that Bevan had to really deal with in the first half, I love when the ball is up in the air in our box and he just appears and plucks the ball out of the sky, long before any forward could even think about jumping for it.
We lost our way at the start of the second half, the passing was missing and Hargreaves was in my view poor, I felt he was for most of the match. Histon played the ball up toward their forward, who done Mansell far to easily and ran toward our box and finished with a good shot to make it two to one.
You just felt for a short while that we were going to concede again, but Histon were playing with a very high line in defense, the ball was passed to Green, who played a great pass to wroe, who raced clear of Histons defenders and scored a sweet goal.How Wroe was not man of the match I do not know, he worked his socks off and ran the midfield, I guess the sponsors just like to give it to the goal scorers.
After that we could have gone and scored another five goals, Nico had a fantastic shot off the outside of his left boot, that looked like it was flying in, only to crash against the crossbar.Green continued to work hard and Caryole came on for Dsane, who did what he does best and use his pace to try and beat the Histon defenders. At times he seems to want to do to much on the ball, but he is young and will only get better.
Hard to see what happened for our four goal, but the ball was in around the box and Sills put it in, not sure how, sure someone will have good a better view of it than I was able to.
Just over 2200 at the game, only 15 Histon fans in total, so not to bad a gate really, being so near Christmas, one funny thing happened in the second half, a long ball by Histon was going near the corner flag. There were no players anywhere near it and before the ball went out, the ball boy kicked it. A goal kick was given and the linesman had a word in the young boys ear.
Good to talk with Phil, Jon and good old StuartB and we all got to meet the mystery man Barton Downs, mind you I found it hard to get a word in, that Jon he talks even more than I do
There should have been a red card in the second half, Green was being fouled by the last man, who in the end pulled Green down, the ref bottled it and only gave a yellow. The ref was very poor for the whole game and seemed to miss so many tackles from behind, but gave fouls for things no one could see what for.
Before the game I heard some men talking in the toilet who seemed to think we would lose today and even my driver Al(Ants mate said in the car on the way over, that we would lose one nil.Well we won and in style in the end and Green deserves to be starting out next match.
Fair summary from petef to which I can add a few more details.
Roscoe was official MoM but for me it would have been Green. I expected to see him lose his place to Benyon today but he more than justified his selection. Wroe was also on top form.
Carlisle should have done better with his one-on-one with the keeper in the first half. I thought he was going to go around him, especially as he had 'limited mobility' but seemed to strike it straight at him from my angle.
Bevan made a number of good saves and continues to dominate from crosses. I hope the rumours of a permanent deal are well founded. Nicholson hit the crossbar with a very powerful shot when the ball dropped for him on the edge of the box near the end.
It may seem churlish to criticise after such a convincing win but Hargreaves has looked a little off the pace recently (didn't he admit to feeling tired in his blog?) and Mansell gave the ball away too often for comfort with misplaced passes in the first half.
All in all an entertaining game and much needed result. Weymouth can't come soon enough.