Dominic Roman – @DomRoman
“Another TUFC week of high emotions. This can be summarised by our two match reports from Luke (the Iceman) Hunter and Sam Jones. One full for criticism, the other full of praise. Ower’s must work out how to get consistency from the boys, how can we lose to AFC Fylde 2-0 then beat 3rd placed Sutton three days later?! I’ll be there tomorrow, about time the loyal home Yellow Army had a Saturday afternoon to enjoy”.
TT1 – Leyton Orient Preview
1 – The Win on Tuesday was fabulous, but only a start. We simply have to follow it up with another – preferably this Saturday.
2 – Damon Lathrope deserves to keep his place, he’s shown improved fitness in recent times and gives us much-needed protection for the centre backs.
3 – After his goal, I want Owers to back Ruairi Keating to the hilt. He’s a rough diamond who will give his all for the team. Keep him in it!
4 – The P in Plainmoor has meant ‘PAIN’ for United (and me in BB!) for too long. Sooner or later the home ground is going to have to be advantage, we can’t rely on away points.
Quick Guide To Our Opponents:
League Position – 20th
Full NL Record: Played: 21 Wins: 5 Draws: 6 Lost: 10 For: 27 Agst: 36 Gl Diff: -9 Pts: 21
Manager: None! (Steve Davis dismissed earlier in the month)
Top Goalscorer: Macauley Bonne (9) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macauley_Bonne
Ex-Gull: Mark Ellis “There’s only one Mark Ellis” – Mark was such a popular man at Plainmoor. He was an all-action character, who threw everything into games and I’m surely he’ll get a nice reception.
Last Three Results:
DRAW: 21st Nov – Leyton Orient 2-2 Chester – National League
DRAW: 18th Nov – Leyton Orient 1-1 Dover Ath – National League
LOST: 11th Nov – Ebbsfleet 2-1 Leyton Orient – National League
Last Three Head to Head:
12th Dec 2006: Leyton Orient 1-2 Torquay United – FA Cup 2nd Rd Replay
2nd Dec 2006: Torquay United 1-1 Leyton Orient – FA Cup 2nd Rd
4th Feb 2006: Torquay United 2-0 Leyton Orient – League Two
“Leyton Orient have found life very difficult in the National League, and manager Steve Davis was sacked by the O’s earlier in the month after an 11 game winless streak. Director of Football and our old friend Martin Ling is in charge of finding a new man, but in the meantime the side has knuckled down and battled for two draws against Chester and Dover. The Chester draw was gained with only 10 men on the field, and with striker Macauley Bonne a threat upfront (and Mark Ellis attacking corners!) United will have to fight hard again for 3 points”.
TT2 – Match Prediction Poll and My Prediction!
“TUFC following up a win with a win? Stranger things have happened! In reality it’s two poor NL teams who have forgotten how to get over the line in the games, and I’ll plump for a 1-1 draw with Ruairi bagging another goal”.
TT3 – Sutton Surprise!
Sam Jones said he expected nothing on Tuesday, and I think most of us felt the same. Away to a top three team, no new strikers and a 3G pitch to contend with – it didn’t look promising did it! But then from out of nowhere the team showed the guts and commitment I’ve been asking for, and brought home the bacon.
For all the improvements in the performance, the first goal is so crucial at the moment. If Sutton had scored it, then it’s a completely different ball game – so Ruairi swooping early was exactly what we needed.
The (once again) brilliant Yellow Army got some reward, and it was three wins on Tuesday nights. TUFC play better in the dark…now that is strange, maybe the idea of Friday nights should be followed up sooner rather than later!
TT4 – Ruairi Keating and My Guy…
Nothing much has gone Ruairi’s way this season. Owers has preferred other options since he took the reins (he’s usually preferred loan options, let’s be honest), and brief substitute appearances haven’t allowed him much time to shine. Therefore it was heartening to see the Irishman given a chance on Tuesday (he was in my HE team so I’d like to think I had a hand in it…) and brilliant to hear he’d broken his duck.
Say what you want about Keating, but you can never fault his heart and effort. Every time I’ve seen him play, the lad chases everything and puts in a shift for the team. I can’t say the same about many of the lads. It clearly means everything for him to put on that shirt and play the game he loves – I think the Yellow Army always appreciate that commitment. I dearly hope there is more goals to come.
Meanwhile, in the search for a striker – Guy Gnabouyou (yes I did have to check the spelling) is close to joining us. He is an Ex-Marseille and Under-21 France international, but his career seems to have moved into the wilderness since then – see his stats below. Going by clips shared by our mates @TalkingTorquay he has a trick or two, and may bring something to the table. How’s his hunger and attitude for facing NL opponents? We’ll soon find out. We’re desperate so he is worth a punt!
TT5 – Other TT Business
PPA Photos – PPA are charged with capturing TUFC action shots, and too many in recent times have pictured agonised looking faces. The Sutton game gave them a chance to capture celebration, both by Ruairi and the fans (you’ve probably seen them already) and they did a super job. PPA recently allowed us to include some TULFC images and that helped make our recent interview with Vicki Fannon even better.
Alex Davey – Going by Wiki it’s Alex’s birthday this week and what better way to celebrate than joining us at Plainmoor! Signing and playing in one day is not exactly ideal is it. However the Cheltenham man fitted in well, helping the lads to a clean sheet and 3 points – we’ll take that! Davey started off at Chelsea and was loaned out, much like any young player really. A loan spell here might just kick-start the big man’s career.
TULFC – It was another weekend and another win for the ladies, as they beat Exeter Ladies last Sunday. The fixture is repeated over the weekend, as the team keep on rolling! Watch out for more from the ladies on the site very soon.
TT November – It’s already been TT’s biggest and best month. Catch Ups with Vicki Fannon, Danny Racchi and Bard Haland, Match Verdicts, TT Blogs and more. The site is packed and we’re just getting going.
TT in the TUFC Programme – Watch out for my ‘World of Sport’ column in the match-day programme. I don’t plug it much on here, but it takes up enough of my time to warrant a mention. It’s non-TUFC material as requested by Patrick at the club. In ropey times like these, it’s not so bad to write about something else!