Well it has now sunk in - what it means to be back in the league.
From the vociferous Chesterfield fans in The Union to the crowd which I think was a few short of 4,000 including a fairly full away end to an open, attacking game and a reasonable standard of officials (except for a few mystifying off side calls in the second half).
Great atmosphere today and hopefully some of the new faces will have seen enough to tempt them back for the next home game. There were certainly a few casual fans around us with comments like 'It was the full back who scored the second goal' and 'Isn't the winger small...'!
Well he may be small in stature but he was a big influence on the game today and possibly deserved the man of the match award which actually went to Hargreaves for his battling performance. I thought everyone played well and Rendell, on this evidence, may prove to be a vital addition to the squad. Special mention for Bevan for two outstanding saves near the end (although Bucks said in his post match interview that he expects Bevan to save shots like that!)
To cap a very enjoyable afternoon I got home to find that the long awaited Blue Square Highlights DVD had arrived in the post. I had given up on this but will enjoy a quick peek at the interesting bits tonight (ie: the Gulls bits) before putting it on the shelf to gather dust while I look forward to the rest of our league season!
Post by ohtobeatplainmoor on Aug 8, 2009 17:38:13 GMT
Just returned from the match - and what a start to the season it was!!
The pitch looked much improved (not sure why it looked so patchy in the first few pre-season matches), the weather was fantastic (although obviously draining on the players), the sizeable crowd was pleasing and it was crowned by a really solid and professional performance from the team.
I felt we looked fairly comfortable for the early part of the game and we knocked the ball around nicely - Rendell showing why he has more to offer than just being the "standard" 15+ goal striker that most people would rightly think he is with some splendid touches and great vision. It was some very tidy work from Stevens on the left (who I thought had a brilliant first hour) that saw the ball placed into the box and Rendell popping-up to get his first goal. Perhaps it would be unfair to say that there was clearly visible tension and nerves from the players, but the goal really gave a further boost of confience and was no less than we deserved. The way that we limited Chesterfield to dancing around the edge of the area in an attempt to find an opening was a credit to all of our defenders and also the rest of the team who made it very, very difficult for Chesterfield to settle.
Chesterfield were largely restricted to long-shots and although looked vaguely threatening on the break, we looked solid at the back (although Bevan took a while to kind his feet and looked a little shakey until his two or three good saves) and played the ball out with purpose rather than "hitting and hoping". Despite the blend of experience and youth that Chesterfield had in the team, we seemed to look better on the ball for long periods than we did for much of the BSP spell.
Chesterfield seemed to ramp-up their efforts in the second half and hit the post with an innnocuous looking deflected cross / shot with Bevan stranded, but a fine cross into the box by Carlise left saw Mansell beat Sills to head us into a lead that I couldn't ever see us losing. The way we had Chesterfield chasing shadows for much of the remainder of the match was very impressive - sometimes when a newly promoted club plays the opening fixture back home they seem to get through on pure adrenaline, chasing and honest endeavour - our return saw a very slick and solid effort and an all-round good team performance with plenty of positives to take forward into the next league game.
Hargreaves was given the official MOTM, but it could have gone anyone of the rest of the team. Bucks will not get carried away by this at all and it will be interesting to see how they take this expansive football into the next few games.
I thought it was a very well deserved 3 points and perhaps the efforts off the ball equalled the impressive play when we were in possession and I went home a very happy Gull. It's good to be back!
<EDIT> The only downside for me today was watching Bevan leave the pitch in discomfort at the end. It would be really disappointing if he was injured as he is generally a very solid keeper for us.
Any half glass empty people now half glass full people? Ave` we any doubters, LETS BE AVIN YA! AAAaaarrrrrggghhh! Bloody marvelous team, manager, staff (cough!) and the board deserve this so much! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Don't you just love computers ? I've just took ages on a match report that's got lost in cyberspace. So here I go again...
Having missed out on Wembley and pre-season friendlies today was special for me. As I approached the ground I felt a special buzz about the place something you only get in the Football League. We're back with the big boys again and it was good to see away support in decent numbers again. Inside the ground, the Family stand was packed as was the old Grandstand including the away section. I was surprised the official crowd was 3,966, it looked more than 4,000 to me. Chesterfield must have brought about 600. Sponsors MOTM Hargreaves.
My thoughts on the first 10 minutes was that the standard of football was much higher than the BSP and Torquay would have to be at their best to get anything out of the game. Torquay were getting under increasing pressure and it seemed a matter of time before Chesterfield took the lead. However a swift counter attack with Stevens on the left, he played a one-two with Wroe and was through. Stevens placed the ball over to Rendell who side footed the ball in from close range. A quality move and goal against the run of play. The game evened out more for the rest of the half and Torquay kept a solid shape and it was a good competetive match to watch.
Chesterfield again in the second half had periods of pressure and their chances came and thankfully went. Their end product was all that was lacking as well a really committed display from all Torquay players. Rendell really impressed me today for his committment and really good footwork linking play. I like his presence and he should be a big hit this season. Chesterfield hit the woodwork twice. One a lob over Bevan that hit the post, another against the crossbar after Robertson sloppily gave away possession trying to usher the ball out.
Another counter attack resulted in Torquay's second after 70 minutes. Similiar to Torquay's second goal at Wembley Carlisle was again the architect. A beautifully flighted cross was won by Sills in the air. Mansell was quickest to react and headed home from 3 yards out. A rare goal for Mansell ! Chesterfield still had time to bring out 2 outstanding saves from Bevan, both palming away decent long range shots at full stretch. Chesterfield kept up the pressure until the end but Torquay's team spirit saw them through for an impressive 2-0 victory.
Football League football is back at Plainmoor and this was a memorable day for me ! And the icing on the cake was that we won against decent opposition. All our players played their part in today's win - well done !
A cracking day out from start to finish and no real need to add to what has been said on excellent match reports.
Fantastic carvery from cookie and the crew (all the empty plates told you all you needed to know), although spoiled by our leaders inability to keep his gravy on the plate and then his underhanded way of covering it up with a napkin and attempting to blame it on me. Aussie's picture tells the truth and I have Ali as a witness as well
Great game, fine atmosphere, and probably met around 50 TFF members by the end of it, a few new ones among them as well like EvertonEd, Timbo, Ali and then later on Steve004 as well.
Great to see Jon as excited as a seven-year-old on Christmas Eve, and a fantastic result at the end of a very competitive 90 minutes. Spoke to a couple of players after the match and they were delighted with the result against a team tipped in a few places to do very well this season.
Dave and Merse had a nice chat afterwards as well (I hope) and young Calvin at only a few months old enjoyed his first visit to Plainmoor.
Happy days are here again
I thought I was Dave's No 1 - in reality I was Dave's first!
Just home from spending seven hours at Plainmoor, but I have had the very best day out I have had for such a long time. It was so great to sit down and enjoy a meal with the really great people who were at the carvery, I enjoyed the food, the chat and the great company. I’m so very pleased I set this forum up, because meeting and sharing time with such great TUFC fans, has brought me so much pleasure and brightened my life at a time when it so often has dark clouds over it.
We were unable to do the boots presentation at the carvery, Leigh got held up in traffic, so we decided to do it after the game in the Gulls Nest. I also had a good chat with Darryl and was introduced to the club photographer. The good news I was hoping to bring you was that the club were happy to provide the forum with a few match day photos from all home games and any away games they have pictures from. We just needed the photographers blessing and I will make a post all about this and the part we need to play, later tonight.
So filled up and happy with my news, I left the party and headed over to the popside, to take up my place before I lost it., got to meet Petef, another top man and all my regulars who stop to say hello. All that was left to make the day perfect I thought, was a good game and a great result.
Well I got both and I was so pleased to see a near 4000 fans inside plainmoor, I talked with Alex before the game and he was worried that as it was such a sunny day, the gate would be low. I told him it would be 4000, so Alex you just listen to the old wise Dave R.
I won’t do the match report has I have been doing it, I will just give my views on the game and the players. When we kicked off the first few balls we played, were just hit high up front, I had just told the man who normally stands by me on the popside, what great football we had played in the PSF(he could not make any of them).
I spoke about this with Tim Sills after the game and he said they just needed to get into the game at the start of it, but soon we were back to the pleasing passing game that was the feature of the PSF games. It was clear Chesterfield were a good side and had a few very good players.
At times we were getting caught on the break a bit too often, but our defenders got in good hard tackles in and around the box and dealt with everything they had too. On the 10 minute mark Hargreaves had to stoup low to head a ball into our box over the bar and Chesterfield, only had one more decent effort on goal in the first half. It was a good powerful shot from the edge of the box, but Bevan got down well near the post and blocked it.
What a class goal we scored to take the lead on 15 minutes, Rendall passed it to Stevens, he played it across the edge of the box to Wroe, he played it back inside the left hand side to Stevens who had continued his run into the box, a sweet ball across the box by Stevens, saw Rendall there to side foot it home. Top football and a goal that had everyone around me talking about it for some time after we scored it.
After we scored we really saw the team passing the ball with so much more confidence and it was really pleasing to watch. Rendall was a class act, he has great feet and real vision of what’s going on around him, the balls he was spraying around the pitch to his team mates, was what you might expect to see in a much higher league.
Danny Stevens was at his very best for over an hour in the game, his running and holding of much bigger players was brilliant, he was not afraid to take the full back on and send in some delightful balls into the box. Carlisle once again showed what a great footballer he is, makes me so pleased that the popside has now got off his back, playing at this level really suits him and he is going to be a big player for us this season.
Wroe was just Wroe, only made the odd mistake when a few balls came off his boot not the way he intended, but he bossed the midfield for us. I was not surprised Hargreaves started the game; I think Bucks wanted a good old head in there for our first game. He battled well and worked hard, but not my man of the match.
The second goal was needed to steady the nerves and it was great to see Mansell head it in(we have the very picture on the forum ) it did look like we might let a goal in near the end, but we held on tight and deserved our clean sheet.
Bevan made yet another two wonderful saves in the second half, Bucks might say he expects Bevan to save them, but the shots would have beaten plenty of other keepers. Can’t fault one single player today, they showed they have a great team sprit together and I do believe we will have a good season again this year.
After the game it was back to the Gulls nest, Tim kindly agreed to be in the Boots presentation shots and I will put them up later. The last thing to do was to sit down and have a great long chat with merse. We went and sat in the top seats of the family stand, Capitalgull was worried we would start fighting. No we had a great chat about the forum and about life, not sure he expected the big cuddle he got from me, it’s just a Devon thing Merse.
What a fantastic day and experience! I believe that we scored just at the right time as Chesterfield were starting to get on top. Lovely worked first goal and I think that Rendell will give us much, much more. His vision and awareness to use the space and players around him was great and he could be important for us this year. Chesterfield were no mugs and I would be surprised if they weren't there or thereabouts at the end of the season. Their right winger (McDermott?) was a real handful and looked a constant threat. The second goal again was scored at an important time and of course Bevan was there with a few late saves just to round things off. And to finish the day off Leeds got a late winner at Elland Road....................
I thought it was both a nervous and scrappy start to the match from our players in front of a good sized crowd. Chesterfield did have an early corner and with the ball dropping in the six yard box there was a brief moment when the ball could have been turned in but the ball was cleared!
From a prospective at the other end of the pitch, the goal was set up with some good play by Danny, using the old one-two with Wroe to set up Rendell to score from close range. Similar to his Brighton effort, he seems to be able to get into the right place at the right time and now with an average of a goal a game could well score a hatful this season.
We certainly seemed to play better football after the goal and Bevan wasn't unduly threatened for the remainder of the half although their left winger impressed (Edit: McDermott - one to remember ) and caused various problems. The main thing was that we were more than competitive.
Kicking towards the family stand in the second half, there was some good support from the crowd which created a good atmosphere. The goal was set up by a decent cross from Carlisle to Sills who headed back across the goal at the far post and as I contemplated whether the ball was goalward bound, up popped Mansell from nowhere to head in from point blank range as per the photo
Chesterfield seemed to up their game in the last twenty minutes and Bevan had to work hard to keep a clean sheet with some good saves.
Overall comments. Another good team effort to make it another 2-0 result on a TFF matchday carvary.
I thought that Mansell and Carlisle worked really hard on the right wing and was really impressed with their play. Stevens was very tricky early on but faded towards the end and in a different scenario, Muzzy should come on earlier. Wroe was OK and put in some good tackles at times. Sills was relatively quiet but worked really hard and got some good flick ons. Rendell looked a step up from the Brighton match. Hargreaves isn't quite there yet but not surprising in light of his pre-season.