This was, without doubt one of the poorest games of football I’ve seen Torquay play. The first half I don’t really remember getting out of our own half, and Boreham Wood could and probably should have been in the lead.
When the teams came out for the second half, I thought United started ok, but that was very short lived. 5 minutes into the second half Angelo Balanta was through to take the lead. Not long later that lead was doubled, all from awful defending. Ruairi Keating got the Gulls back in it with a double but two more for Boreham Wood finished it off.
Boreham Wood did have some good forwards but they weren’t a team blessed with talent, which makes it all the more frustrating. We missed Gowling a lot but one player doesn’t affect a team to that extent, and I think Liam Davis needs to get to match fitness ASAP. I fear Nicholson is facing another very tough challenge; he needs a win very soon to relieve some pressure already on him. It is evident that GI isn’t giving him the full support he needs. Having said that, he needs to change something.
Clarke 7 – Despite conceding four, Ryan managed to come away having not played too badly, a brilliant penalty save (the best I think I’ve ever actually seen), and I feel for him; very little support from his back four.
Higgins 4 – Higgins just looked out of his depth for most of night. Far too often got caught out in possession, weak in tackles, and didn’t offer much going forward.
Anderson 3 – Myles’ worst game in a Torquay shirt, I sincerely hope it’s down to lack of game time. I don’t remember him winning a single challenge.
McGinty 4 – Much the same performance as his centre back partner. Sean did win some challenges and covered Anderon’s back, but ultimately a poor game from a usually reliable player.
Chaney 4 – In all fairness, Sam isn’t a defensive minded player, however, that suicidal back pass for their first was appalling. Much like Higgins, he lacked any threat going forward.
Lathrope 5 – A bit anonymous. I don’t remember him doing much wrong, but didn’t do much right either. A very quiet game for Damon.
Young 6 – It’s always hard to criticise Luke, he gives his all and he showed moments of class today, and was so close to scoring but for a world class tackle.
Klukowski 4 – Disapointed with Yan today, just didn’t really do much; lacked any threat, didn’t do much defensively, and wasted a couple of chances.
Gosling 5 – Another player who really flopped tonight, there were brief moments where he looked like he could make something happen, but he never did. I wonder if a diamond suits his style of play; he looks good on the wing, I’d keep him there.
Pittman 5 – Never looked like causing their defence a problem. Lacked any real threat, didn’t get through once. That was until he played a gorgeous ball for Keating’s first, and hopefully they can both start to build a partnership.
Keating 8 – The only real shining light. Worked so hard for the whole game, makes bad balls look good, chases lost causes, and gives everything. Deserved his goals, and was good value for both. I’m glad he scored as he seems like a confidence player.
Reid 6 – Added some attacking threat and was involved in our first, but that was it.
Gray 5 – looked lively, but didn’t really do much.
Fallon 3 – Brought on to win headers, won one – he was unmarked that time.
Sam Druiff – TT Contributor
View from Bristows
“What an utter shambles! The Yellow Army in BB was quiet from the start, almost like they expecting the worst – they were right. BW were confident, fast and had a gameplan, whilst our team played like 11 strangers for most of the night. Lacking leadership, organisation, skill and commitment (amongst other things!) : we were lucky not concede 6 or 7 as our defence was terrible (Ryan again playing very well to keep the score down). Apart from Clarke the only other exemptions was Ruairi who took his goals well, and Reidy who at least had a purpose when he came on. A thoroughly grim night at Plainmoor”. – Dominic – TT Editor
Guiseley Away 19th August