I was starting to get worried that with the ground saturated that we may be getting a second postponement this week but the heavy rain seems to have past now with the next really heavy stuff not due until Sunday!
Even more worryingly, Accrington seem to have a better record away with wins at Wimbledon, Southend and most impressively, a 0-3 trouncing of Cheltenham! They can be inconsistent and have just lost at home to Rochdale and lost heavily there to Exeter earlier in the season. Top scorers are Amond (5) and Boco (4) and they have just signed forward Jack Sampson on a month's loan from Bolton! What success we have had against them, has been at Plainmoor so hopefully we can continue that form.
According to the Herald, everyone is expected to be fit apart from Morris which is a turn up for the books. I know that Ling was hoping to play Lathrope, Manse and Craig in midweek and if all fit I would like to see this combination played. Defence should be sorted, Rene will be up front, so for the first time this season, Ling has to choose 2 out of 5 wingers available!
Finally, I see that big Rene has scored in five consecutive league games and two more will equal the Torquay record so good luck to him!
I find myself travelling down for this due to booking a train ticket several months ago for a knock down price. Wouldn't have done so had I booked after last weeks performance so travelling in expectation of an improved performance and the players 'turning up,' 'tuning in,' and 'are at it from the off'.
We are making the long trip down from Northamptonshire for this game.
The last home game we saw was against Burton which was very disappointing.
Hoping for a better all round performance.
Would like to see Jarvis start to show our attacking intentions.
I hope you have a safe trip down and home again and enjoy the game. Its hard to know what to expect or what team will turn up tomorrow. Will it be the team that frilled the fans at the last home match against Aldershot. Or the one that seemed to disappoint some of our fans last Saturday.
I think the pitch might be a bit heavy, there has been some heavy showers around today and everywhere I have been the ground has looked swamped.
I hope we get lots of good match reports and thoughts and views on the game. I hope all those that go, gets to see a great game with the right result for us, a nice convincing win.
Exactly six years ago, not only were we looking forward to a home game with Accrington Stanley, but to welcoming our new owner / Chairman who was lauded by some as our saviour to the extent that those that said they were "cautiously optimistic" were derided for not bowing down to the new messiah.
It did not go exactly to plan, but six years ago I would have bitten your hand off if you had offered me where we have got to as a football club as of today. I'm not just talking about the first team's league position, but the wider picture.
Listening to live commentary on this one on radio Lancashire - from what they say it seems like a poor game. They certainly seem to think Gulls are negative, pointing out how quickly we are getting nine men behind the ball and suggesting Torquay's plan is "to stop Stanley playing". This was underlined when we had a two-on-one and "didn't manage to get a shot on goal - that sums up Torquay's attacking intentions !" They seemed to think the pen was a little harsh. All this could be sour grapes, of course. Would be nice to see a second goal go in.
Post by Ditmar van Nostrilboy on Oct 13, 2012 17:35:22 GMT
Very much like the Aldershot game, a forgettable first hour followed by 30 minutes of pressure and the 3 points. Yes we could have scored more (a couple of 1 on 1's) but found Dunblavin in his usual quality performance mood whenever they play us. No doubt about the penalty, obvious handball that blocked the cross into the box. To say we were lucky to get all 3 points would be a total injustice. I think Poke had a couple of saves all match and Accy were all huff and puff in midfield but little else. Billy Bodin looked woefully short of confidence (suprised Stevens was subbed as he offered more threat) till he nodded in the 2nd goal, then he stepped a gear and looked good. A definite enigma. Damon made a quietly impressive return and looked like pretty much match fit. A couple of passes went astray but most were short and went to yellow shirts, something we have lacked. Craig looked a bit hesitant and out of his depth at times, at others he looked a good enough replacement for Eunan. That will improve with experience and games. The back four looked solid enough but to be quite honest, Accy offered little. Rene always offered an outlet and had some sublime touches at times. Manse had a bit more freedom to attack and opened his account for the season. Expect more from him with Damon back. A good 3 points deservedly won, whatever Radio "Ooop North" might say
A pleasing win and performance and in the end Torquay ran out comfortable winners. But that does not tell the whole story. Torquay had the perfect start with an early Rene Howe penalty but should have put the game out of sight before Accringtron equalised. Luckily Torquay did score shortly afterwards their equaliser which was the significant turning point of the match. Otherwise it could have been a nervy second half and possibly yet another draw. Crowd 2,400+, 80 odd from Accrington. Sponsors MOTM Lee Mansell who was free to attack more due to the return of Lathrope.
Torquay started brightly and pressed Accington back well. After just 5 minutes the ball was struck against an Accrington hand for a rather harsh looking penalty. It was debatable if the defender could get his hand out of the way as the ball was hit very close to him. Howe stepped up and calmly side footed the penalty sending their keeper the wrong way. I thought the first 20 odd minutes Torquay played confidently. It was good to see Lathrope back and the team looked balanced. Accrington threatened a bit and Poke had to make a decent parried save. But Torquay deserved their half-time 1-0 lead. Torquay did not create too many clear chances but were the better team and had the lion share of the game. There were some impressive performances with a lot of good patient build-ups spreading the ball around neatly. Howe himself laid the the ball off so well and got involved in the moves bringing in other players and Craig seems to be filling the void left by O'Kane with his passing vision. At the back Torquay looked solid and Downes was in dominant form.
There may not be that many clear cut chances in the first half but there certainly were in the second half. Torquay had two glorious chances to extend the lead with just the keeper to beat. Howe went for power but the keeper was equal to his shot. Then it was Bodin's turn but he did not seem confident and the keeper saved. Accrington had spells of pressure and punished Torquay for their missed chances. A neat move ended with a cross from their left that was headed in at close range.
How would Torquay respond as they should have been a couple goals clear? Just 2 minutes later a superb cross was floated over by Craig and Bodin timed his run brilliantly and powered home a diving header past their keeper. The cross and finish was sheer quality and will hopefully do Bodin's confidence good. Torquay had more excellent chances to wrap the game. It was a mixture of wasteful finishing and good goalkeeping as Torquay had a couple more 1-on 1's. With 10 minutes to go a corner went to the far post and Mansell headed his first goal of the season. some Accrington supporters walked past me to leave the ground looking very dejected. I could finally relax and enjoy the rest of the match as Torquay stroked the ball around with confidence. There were plenty of smiles at the final whistle including from Martin Ling who congratulated his players off the pitch.
This was a confident display by the Gulls with their patient build-ups. There were some excellent moves passing the ball on the ground with good off-the-ball running. There was a lot of wasteful finishing but it was encouraging Torquay fashioned so many chances. It was sad to see substitute Macklin go off injured. Easton and Cruise did good jobs when they came on.
Many thanks for your great report swangull. I hope the fans roared the team on today. I had to just imagine the swan fans doing the same as I stood on the centre circle of the Vetch Field at 3pm today. A strange feeling indeed. Pictures and report on monday