The last two weeks have been demoralising even by our standards (and that’s saying something!). I write this blog after the Guiseley defeat, and before the Southport game. Even Nico admitted that the Guiseley match would be difficult to come back from; difficult but not impossible. Last season we looked down and out on many occasions, but got there in the end. I hope the trip up north gave us some cheer, and we can just forget any ‘impending doom’ for a little while!
Tonight gives us another chance to put things right against Tranmere. We’re the under-dogs and that just might suit us. I’ve seen United play better against better teams for a long while, so here’s hoping we can rise to the occasion against a strong side.
Talking about Tranmere reminds me of years ago when Rovers played on Friday nights, and Grandstand (good memories and great intro music!) would show clips of action the next day. That’s when they had the likes of John Aldridge and Pat Nevin in the Second Division, or whatever it was called back then. It’s sad to see them fall down the divisions to the National League, and they’ll surely be back in the League proper very soon.
The ownership ratification, welcome communications from Clarke (see You Tube interview) and the arrival of Dave Hedges certainly give some causes for optimism. I hope to see Nico’s squad boosted for the run in. The search for a striker is well documented; Brett has done pretty well recently mind. He could have had another one against Guiseley and always looks like he might nick a goal.
The talk of a Youth Academy is great to hear about. Exeter City is a perfect example of a team utilising the youth set-up and reaping the benefits. We have a decent catchment area round here, and our team can only be helped by youngsters coming through the ranks. Shutting down the system twice over the years has been such a disappointment, so let’s hope its third time lucky!
Finally a plug for the new issue of Highway to Hele fanzine! The editor has to work very hard to get these fanzines up and ready for action, so please reward his efforts by buying a copy. It’s improved constantly since it started, has a number of superb writers and the content is a super mix of nostalgia and the ‘here and now’.
Whatever the result at the weekend (I hate writing this before!), give Nico and the boys your support as usual tonight. The frustration after the Guiseley and Sutton defeats was understandable, but there’s still plenty of time to put things right.
Come on you yellows!
Dominic Roman – TT Editor
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*ARTICLE FROM THE OFFICIAL TORQUAY UNITED PROGRAMME 2016-17