Ed @DomRoman talks about the latest week in the life of Torquay United:
1 – New signings
The squad wasn’t nearly big enough at the start of the season, as I’m sure Kevin Nicholson would testify and it’s obvious GI were not overly keen to back KN up recruitment-wise. I don’t think they ever saw him as their long-term gaffer, and this is illustrated by the backing Gary has received for new players on his arrival.
In have come three new players very quickly; players who we could have done with a lot earlier. Evans, Myrie-Williams and Murphy have all experienced football at higher levels and are all coming to Plainmoor with something too prove.
Forest Green loan-man (they don’t mind lending us strikers!) Rhys Murphy could be a brilliant addition for us, somebody who has an eye for goal and looks to get on the end of things around the 6 yard box. Assuming he plays, I’m not sure who it will be with – James has scored recently, but so has JP (and he may be injured anyway!). Meanwhile Ruairi is struggling to find the spark to ignite his own season (keep going Ruairi).
With our injury list and form all three new boys may start on Saturday – Owers has to integrate these players, find tactics that suit the team and instil enough confidence to climb the table. Him and Martin will be busy boys and happily both look like they will relish the challenge!
2 – Barrow Away
Last ditch blues again. Let’s face it for much of this season we have been rubbish! However if we could see out the last 10 minutes of games such as Chester (H), Guiseley (A) and last weekend, then we would have three wins in the books – plus seven more points.
Fine margins, but we are where we are in the league for a reason. Now there was promise of better to come at Barrow, we bossed a large proportion of the match and clearly should have won (even the home supporters agreed with that!). Also we get no help from the ref again, whether it’s penalty or red card decisions – maybe we’re not shouting loud enough on these? They rarely go our direction that is for sure!
The defence has to avoid the usual wobbles (and stop going so deep), but we also need to create and take chances when the game is on the line. That’s where these new guys come in, but also someone like Luke Young has to step up. Luke has the ability, but so far this season he’s been lacklustre and must do better – especially if our latest ‘likely lad’ George Dowling is out injured.
3 – Cully Defeat!
There has been some dismay at losing to Cully in the Devon Bowl and that’s understandable. However it was mainly just a friendly to get players fitness going though, so let’s not get too down about it – Saturday is all that counts after all.
One interesting name who participated was Wes Atkinson, an ex-West Brom youth player. Gary may decide to take a punt on him, as our midfield numbers have dwindled.
4 – Injuries
Hard to keep up with the injury list isn’t it! Gareth Law must be knackered out from treating all these players, it wouldn’t surprise me if he picked up an injury himself!
Amongst the list there are a couple of mysteries. Jordan Lee hasn’t played since Aldershot. I have seen him warm up with the team since, but he hasn’t been back on the pitch. He had tweeted that the illness he suffered wasn’t serious, but something must be wrong and there’s been no word from the club about the situation.
And then there’s Liam Davis! A player who hasn’t kicked a ball yet for us, and there must be doubt if he ever will. Maybe he has been put off playing next to Sean in present form – come on Liam he’s not that bad!
Apart from that we must been due players back soon to strengthen the bench. We actually have a fairly large squad now if all our fit…a big ask I know and it must be one of our worst ever injury crisises. Well I’ve never known so many crocks at the same time anyway!
5 – Macclesfield Preview
Another Saturday another superb chance for a win.. Mid-table Macclesfield lost 4-1 to Maidstone last Saturday, so they won’t exactly be bubbling with confidence. That doesn’t mean they won’t win, but with Owers and Kuhl freshening up the line-up and some positivity amongst the Plainmoor faithful, 3 points is there for the taking.
One person who won’t be returning is Courtney Richards, who was loaned out to Solihull Moors recently. It was a shock to many, when one of the better teams in the division took CR off our hands in the summer. Don’t get me wrong, Courtney was an excellent pro here for a few years; but he lacked the belief to suggest he would excel at the Silkmen.
Let’s get behind the new men in charge on Saturday. The search was a shambles, but I think we’ve got two good guys in who deserve our support. It will be intriguing to see what tactics they decide to use; injuries will have a part to play in that and also what they made of the two proceeding performances.
Time to get this season going. No last minutes jitters please…we have had enough to last a lifetime!