That’s a bit better isn’t it! After the disappointment and depression of Sutton and Guiseley, Nico and the boys bounced back with better results against Southport and Tranmere; meaning the Torquay United world (and my world) became a happier place!
I was at the shops with my family when the Southport game was going on, and was just tweeting about ‘keeping second-half concentration’ when the equaliser went in! From then on I was glued to Twitter (to the annoyance of my wife) until the final whistle. There looked to be clear signs of a late Southport winner (it’s happened too many times!), so when Ruairi popped up to take the three points there was a celebratory shout and fist pump on the way back in the car!
Twitter erupted with Ronan Keating/Boyzone puns, as other United fans showed their appreciation for the young Irishman! When you have won as few games as we have in recent times (and we rarely score last minute winners), you really have to enjoy moments like that don’t you.
The Tranmere match-up didn’t have quite the same excitement, but for a 0-0 it was rather entertaining. Both managers clearly wanted to win, and it made for a fast paced and competitive 90 minutes at Plainmoor. Much like Nico I just thought we might nick a win at some point in the evening, and had that long-range beauty from Damon gone in Bristow’s would have exploded. Never mind though, a decent performance and a decent point I think.
It was a shame that the Rovers match was moved to Tuesday, as the attendance clearly suffered – I guess the previous Plainmoor performances hadn’t helped either! I hope to see some more here tonight. I know the cost involved and the changeable weather can be prohibitive; however we really don’t have many games left and the lads need all the support they can.
As I write the search for more players goes on. The persuasion needed to get players down to Devon for a relegation scrap has to be good, and I hope between them Geoff/Dave/Nico can conjure up some reinforcements. Jared Hodgkiss has been a great example of the calibre of player we need; the right-back has been excellent since heading down from Kiddy and I would happily have him back next season.
No disrespect to Eastleigh but tonight’s game gives us a great opportunity to take three points. The boys need to show the same levels of commitment and attitude as they did last Tuesday, and just add the finishing touch this time (easier said than done). Let’s help them as much as we can and get the job done!