TT MATCH PREVIEW
Steve Harris – @SteveHarris84
Match details: Torquay United versus Wealdstone
Venue: Plainmoor, Torquay
Date: Tuesday 9th February 2021
Current form (last six all competitions):
Torquay United: W, D, D, W, L, W
Wealdstone: L, L, W, L, L, L
Torquay: Danny Wright 8
Wealdstone: Danny Parish/ Moses Emmanuel 5 each
Head to Head:
Last time the two teams met: Wealdstone 1 – 2 Torquay United, Tuesday December 1st 2020
Billy Waters struck twice as National League leaders Torquay snatched a late win at Wealdstone. Waters cancelled out Danny Parish’s opener before netting the winner a minute from time to extend the Gulls’ unbeaten run to nine matches.
The league leaders began on the front foot as Ben Whitfield fired over the bar in the opening minute. However, it was Wealdstone, who had failed to win their previous three league matches, who struck first on 27 minutes as Parish pounced on a loose ball to slot home from close range. Moments later, Whitfield threatened again for the visitors, but Stones goalkeeper Stuart Moore was equal to his effort.
Moore had to be on hand again to keep out Kyle Cameron’s header seven minutes after the break but the keeper was unable to keep out substitute Waters’ close-range strike on the hour mark as Torquay pulled level. Jake Andrews fired wide as the visitors pushed for a second goal and Waters was denied by a goal line clearance in the 84th minute.
With a minute to go, Waters connected with a cross from Connor Lemonheigh-Evans to fire in the winner and give Torquay all three points.
Manager: Stuart Maynard (caretaker)
In the wake of the departure of Dean Brennan from Grosvenor Vale, Stuart Maynard took charge of Wealdstone’s recent FA Trophy tie with Darlington. Maynard previously worked alongside Brennan at Hemel Hempstead Town, Billericay Town and Kingstonian. He also had a playing spell with the Stones in the 1999-00 season, following his release by Watford, and spent the bulk of his time as a player in the South East non-league scene.
One to watch: Moses Emmanuel
It was with Bromley where Moses Emmanuel first made his name at National League level in the 2015-16 season. Many Gulls’ fans will no doubt remember when he famously found the back in the net four times for Bromley in their 7-3 win over United at Plainmoor in the wake of Paul Cox’s departure. Since then Emmanuel remained a regular fixture at National League level with Dover Athletic, Sutton United and Maidenhead United (loan) before dropping back down to National League South with Billericay (where he played under Brennan) and Welling United. He was reunited with Brennan at Wealdstone in the 2019-20 campaign and he helped them to win National League South.
Adam Randell – Sam Sherring – Kyle Cameron – Dean Moxey
Aaron Nemane – Connor Lemonheigh-Evans – Asa Hall – Ben Whitfield