A game of few chances but nonetheless a very well deserved point against a Wrexham side riding high in the National League table. I have to admit before the game I had predicted a loss for the Gulls, but much like the Chester game we showed great character and guile to gain a valuable point.
We are still waiting for our first win of the season but the last 2 games have shown that we can match any team in the league. The front two of Keating and Gray had a very frustrating afternoon and despite a lot of hard work neither were able to create a chance for their keeper to save. The only notable chance was a free kick from Luke Young in the second half which the keeper Palmer palmed away with ease.
I think the fans will be pleased with the showing in the last 2 home games, but we are all rightly concerned about this long wait for an appointment of a new manager. Roll on Tuesday – here’s hoping our first win will be at Bromley.
Higgins 7 McGinty 7 Gowling 8 Cole 8.5
Haworth 6 Young 6 Dowling 8.5 Reid 5
Gray 7 Keating 5
Subs: Pittman 6
Man of the Match:
A close call between Dowling and Cole who showed again that he is a very good defender. But Dowling just pips it for me as he is a class above every other player out there on the pitch. Especially in the first half his first touch was excellent and his ability to beat his man and make a pass means he wins it for me.
Chinua Cole and Josh Gowling have very assured games at the back. Both show good positioning and ability at the back for some no-nonsense defending. It was an added bonus to have Josh back and his experience showed throughout. McGinty instantly looked a better player next to Josh. Here’s hoping he can recover quickly and be available for Tuesday night. Good to have you back big man.
Robbie sticks to pretty much the same team and formation as the Chester game. Josh replaces Myles at the back. We seem to have width on the pitch with Reid and Haworth, but unfortunately neither have a great game so it’s up to set pieces and some good play from Dowling to create chances which were few and far between. Defensively we look more assured again this week and the comeback of Josh will please the new manager I’m sure – whoever and whenever they are appointed!
I was expecting more from Wrexham, though maybe our improved defensive line-up with captain Josh back in the side nullified their attacking prowess. I thought they would be a team that have sharp passing skills on the floor, but given the height of the team then I shouldn’t have been surprised the ball was in the air quite a bit of the game. A decent team but they rarely broke us down to create any decent chances.
Simon Barrow was actually one of the better refs we have seen at Plainmoor. He seemed to make quite a few decent decisions. Although as soon as we complimented him in Bristows Bench, he failed to blow for one of the most blatant fouls I’ve seen on McGinty and Wrexham almost score on the break after playing on from the obvious foul. Dorel made an excellent stop to keep them out.
I have to say I am very impressed by Cole so far in only his second game for the Gulls. I hope we can keep hold of him as he seems very self-assured. He does all of his defending with the confidence of a player playing in a higher league. His calmness seems to shine through and I think the rest of the defence can concentrate on their own games knowing we have a proper left back who knows how to read the game. His passing is also good and I hope we get to see him attacking down the wing at the other end of the pitch.
A well deserved point against a Wrexham side that to be honest I was expecting more from. I don’t think we ever did enough to suggest we would nick a goal and win the 3 points but you can always dream! If we can get a new manager early next week then I think this renewed stability can turn this season around. Here’s to 3 away points on Tuesday.
Richard – TT Contributor
View from the Ed:
“Two solid performances in a row, that at least shows the new manager he has something to build on. Gowling made such a difference at the back and was my man of the match. What a miss he’s been! Loving Dowling in mid, the guy has skills plus great instincts for knowing where to run. All in all not a great game but a decent point for me, just need to find that cutting edge…”