Thomas Kelly – @ThomasKellytufc
Job done. Torquay United finally won a game in the FA Cup, their first win since 2011. A professional performance against a spirited Lymington side who ultimately faded as the Gulls cruised to victory.
It took a while for Gary Johnson’s men to find their feet, but once an own goal broke the deadlock on 36 minutes, Torquay didn’t look back. Jamie Reid slotted home from close range just minutes later from Edwards cross to double the Gulls advantage just before half time.
After the break, the Gulls continued where they left off, Keating delightfully finishing from Andrews cross before Jones who had done little wrong in the Lymington goal made a right mess trying to clear the ball from outside the area which allowed Regis to make it 0-4.
Brett Williams (finally) found his scoring boots with two goals (the 5th being the best goal of the match) before Jake Andrews rounded off a fine away win for Torquay United and a place in the 3rd Qualifying Round of the Emirates FA Cup.
Lymington huffed and puffed but never really looked like causing us any real problems. McDonald dealt with the few situations he was called upon to deal with, meanwhile the new Bristol City signings really impressed.
Gary Johnson appointment has given everyone associated with the club a new sense of belief and optimism which has been so severely lacking over the last few seasons. It was refreshing to see us control the game and see us create plenty of chances. It could so easily had been double digits if not for some excellent saves from Jones, deservedly the home teams man of the match.
Despite the level of the opposition, we did what we needed to do, win the game, score a few goals and advance into the next round.
Shaun MacDonald 7 – Didnt have to do much but did well when called upon. His command of the box impressed me today. Solid back up to Bass.
Ben Wynter 6 – Still not sold on him myself although did what he needed to do against the level of the opposition.
Jamie Sendles-White 6 – Did well when he was required, never properly tested from the part timers.
Kyle Cameron 6 – As above.
Liam Davis 7 – Looked lively and was a threat.
Opi Edwards 9 – Thought he was outstanding. Lymington had no answer to his pace on the wing and think he could be a key player for us going forward.
Asa Hall 8 – Was always a threat from corners and unlucky not to be on the score sheet. Seems a natural leader and embracing the captaincy.
Jake Andrews 8 – Like Edwards, was always a threat on the wing and looked impressive. Worked hard and his passes always set us up to attack.
Chris Regis 7 – Solid, got his goal although another player I think has more to show this season.
Jamie Reid 6 – Got on the score sheet although dispossessed a few times during the first half. Took his chance well though.
Ruairi Keating 6 – Worked hard & did well to get his goal although surprised to see him subbed so early.
Saikou Janneh 5 – Did fine although game was won well before his appearance. Looks a tidy player.
Jean Yves Koue Niate 5 – – Didn’t really have much to do when he came on. Did his job.
Brett Williams 7 – Glad he got his two goals today, his second was goal of the game and let’s hope that kick starts his season now.
Man of the Match: Opi Edwards
From a Torquay perspective, Lymington had no answer for his pace on the wing and every time he went forward, he looked like he would be the catalyst for the Gulls to score. Against lower league opposition he was able to exploit the wings as tiredness quickly took over the part-time side. He’s a very promising young talent and I hope will improve throughout the season.
Jake Andrews did a very good job on the left hand side of midfield and like Opi Edwards caused the Lymington defence a lot of problems. Against lower league opposition, I did think our best chances would come from the wide channels and as the game went on, you could see as the home team began to tire. The game became more open, especially out wide and we were able to exploit the space created.
Nic Jones also gets a very honourable mention for his work between the sticks for Lymington. He made some brilliant saves and despite the glaring mistake for our fourth, he clearly enjoyed the occasion and took the banter well from the Gulls fans. At full-time he came over to shake hands with us and wish us all the best of luck for the rest of the season. A class act.
Was hard to tell what formation we were playing but unlike the previous management, we definitely weren’t there to defend. Looked like a mix of 3-5-2 and 4-4-2 with the midfield encouraged to attack when we had the ball.
They gave it their best shot but the quality from the Yellow Army ultimately told in the end. A very friendly non league football club who having already won 3 games to get to this stage were just looking forward to enjoying their day in front of the camera. I’m sure the prize money from their progress in the cup, coupled with gate receipts and sales in the ground should set them up nicely for future seasons to come.
The ground was basic although fine for the level they are at. Just the one stand with wooden slabs for seats which unsurprisingly filled up quickly as the rain continued to fall.
Also good to see that despite the added interest in the game, the club decided to not increase the admission price and at £6, it was very good value for money. Probably also the best Cheeseburger I’ve had at a ground this season. Wonderful.
Not the best, not the worst. A few weird decisions but allowed the game to flow when he could. Don’t believe he branded a single card today although the tackle on Reid in the first half should have branded a yellow.
Without a question it was the first goal. With ten minutes to go, it looked as though for all our efforts that we would be going in goalless at the break. The deflected goal seemed to light the spark for Torquay to go on and take the game away from Lymington, which we did just minutes later. I’m confident we still would have won the game had we gone in goalless but not by the 7-0 score-line.
Player Spotlight: Brett Williams
When Brett signed for us in the summer, I was very optimistic that he would score goals for us at NLS level. So far, he hasn’t. Some find Brett to be lazy, although under Owers, I found that the formations he played didn’t suit Brett’s strengths. He needs support if your going to get the best out of him.
Albeit against lower league opposition, he looked hungry to open his account and duly obliged. His second goal was well struck and I can only hope this is the start of something for him where so far this season, he’s been very disappointing in front of goal. I think the added competition up front will spur him on. Goals breed confidence and an in form Brett Williams will only be a good thing for us in the long run.
At the end of the day, we did everything we needed to do. We won the game, we scored plenty of goals, kept a clean sheet and we finally broke our FA Cup hoodoo. Having seen us score 0 goals in my first 3 games, I’ve now seen us score 9 in 2!
I think the weather unfortunately lowered the number of spectators Lymington were expecting but it was good to see another positive turnout from the Yellow Army and we all went home happy with the performance if not very very wet!
Woking at home on the 29th September next up for Gary Johnson’s Yellow Army and his first major test since his appointment to the club. It’s funny just a few weeks ago, this was a game we all probably were dreading seeing how well Woking have started this season. A win next week puts us right back in the play off mix and with Woking expected to be up there by the end of the season, a win could get the fans believing that promotion is capable this season. I’ll be at Plainmoor for the first time next week, hope you will be too.
In Johnson we trust.
View from the Red Button:
The positive momentum continues..and how! Ok so let’s be honest, even Gary Owers Torquay United would have beaten Lymington – but never in such comprehensive style. Suddenly with Johnson at the helm the players have purpose, cohesion and style on the pitch – and after a scrappy first 30 mins, make no mistake of winning the cup tie. The BBC coverage and shout outs were laughable are times (one camera, no pre or post-match interviews, no team line-up graphics etc), but the Red Button has never been so much fun as United look transformed. There’s bigger tests to come, but with Gary Johnson getting to grips with Plainmoor life very quickly, the City youngsters bubbling, strikers at last finding the net and a side invigorated – the Yellow Army can look forward to these tests with optimism rather than apprehension. Bring it on. Dom
Woking FC (Home) 29th September