Let’s cut to the chase. Whatever the outcome of the Lincoln game on Good Friday (only ‘Good’ if we avoided defeat…), this is definitely our biggest game of the season. Braintree have nose-dived from the Play-offs to relegation trouble within a year, and it has been sad to see their decline. However it’s all about us getting the three points today!
Looking back I decided to venture up to Aldershot with the travel club, and saw a great game as the boys battled for a point. It was a proper football match as both teams pushed for a win, and I think we surprised them with not only our attacking intent, but also our fitness as the long match (8 minutes injury time really??!) came to an end.
It was a pleasure travelling with the Yellow Army, and I put names to faces of people I’ve seen numerous times at Plainmoor. Their love and loyalty in supporting Torquay United to far flung locations may verge on insanity! However they want nothing more than success for their team and deserve to see an up-turn in our fortunes more than anyone.
Aldershot are in the sort situation we can only dream of at the moment; a strong squad with attacking options and a great chance of going up. I wouldn’t swap their ground for ours though; it is dated and overlooked by a big ugly building – plus the poor catering (on a hot day) and limited toilet facilities were an unwelcome surprise. I don’t think they expected so many of us to turn up; please never under-estimate the strength of the Yellow Army!
I felt sorry for the guys I stood next to at the match, as I tend to talk a lot during games! There were some great characters around, who had seen lots of poor performances this season. This we all agreed wasn’t one of them, and we all stayed to clap Nico and the lads off at the end. They had sweated everything for the cause, and just fell short of getting the win.
I would like to mention McGinty and GG in this blog. Their performances against Aldershot were probably as good as I’ve seen from both players. I had high hopes for Sean at the start of the season, and it was a disappointment to see his form wobble (along with many others). He looks more confident now and infuriated the Shots with a number of critical blocks, tackles and clearances. Meanwhile GG is a player who seems to really enjoy life in Torquay (judging by his Twitter account!) and his recent form suggests he’s now ready to establish himself as a first team regular.
So back to today, and I really hope we fill out Plainmoor more for this one (bring friends, family, whoever!). How would the club face relegation to the Conference South? I don’t know, and I simply don’t want to find out! Let’s make noise and push the boys forward from the off.
Come on you yellows!
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