The TT Match Verdict – #TUFC 1-2 Solihull Moors 26th Aug 17


How many ways can Torquay United contrive to lose a match? It turns out lots, as despite having many more chances than the away team, its nil points once more.

A dire bottom of the table first half scrap sees us slightly on top, but with nothing to show for it. Then the start of the second half sees us give away a gift at a corner; near post and unmarked goalscorer again – will they ever learn! Things then get even worse as SM improve and their goalkeeper scores an unbelievable goal over Lavercombe – a complete misjudgement from the returning keeper. Its extremely painful as the ball trickles in the corner.

A late rally sees Miles miss a sitter and then a goal at last from JP, but we are simply not good enough in all areas of the field and trudge off after another defeat. The lows of August continue at Plainmoor; new manager (and some new players) required asap.

Player Ratings:

Lavercombe 3

Higgins 6.5  Klukowski 5  McGinty 5  Chaney 6

Gosling 5  Young 5  Lathrope 6  Reid 4

Keating 5  Pittman 6

Subs: Anderson 5  Gray 5  Fallon N/A

Man of the Match:

Ryan Higgins

Not many to choose from again. Higgins is busy and industrious on the right, pushing on where possible – with his overlap not used as much as it could have been. Whilst defensively Ryan does ok. There’s a heap of problems right now, but the right back position for once is not one of them!

Honourable Mentions:

Damon Lathrope in midfield makes tackles and breaks up SM attacks, sure his passing is fairly poor but he does alright in midfield. JP scores a well taken goal and could have had two but for an excellent save from their keeper  (it was very much his day!). Hard working Ruairi looks the man most likely in the first half, but then struggles in the second.

TU Goal:

JP does well to shake off a defender, then finds the bottom corner with a calm left footed finish.

The Opposition:

Solihull are a team we should beat! They aren’t terrible, with Darren Carter calm in midfield and Afolayan giving us concern upfront. However they create very little and give us enough openings in defence to take three points – we just don’t have the confidence or skill to take them.


4-4-2 is used again by Robbie and fails to ignite the players. We lack proper wingers, plus Gosling and Young don’t look happy in their positions – Luke especially having one of his poorest games at Plainmoor. Tactically it’s not great, but the players are not performing to make any formation work at the mo.

The Ref:

A game of very few contentious decisions (for a change) and the ref Yianni does alright; waving away some blatant dives from Moors. He doesn’t like to play on much, but what referee does in the National League?!

Player Spotlight:

Jake Gosling

I like Jake – he clearly has some class on the ball and we need to find out how to get the best out of him. Today he flatters to deceive, beating his man at times but not picking the right pass or shooting option. He also isn’t going to push too much in 50 50 tackles, and needs to be more aggressive – mind you so does the whole team. Too timid by far.


If a few things had dropped our way then it would have been a different story – however we need to make our own luck and sort out that defence. These errors at the back are killing us! Gowling, Davis and Lee can’t come in soon enough, but also our losing mentality must improve – this new manager has got a job on his hands…

Dominic – TT Editor

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