Dom Roman – @DomRoman
Is this the biggest game Torquay United have had in years? Is this the game that will finally help propel us back to the promised land of Football League, with it’s embarrassment of riches?! Yes maybe.
When Connor Lemonheigh-Evans jumped high to head home a winner on Saturday, he altered the perspective of this game a little. Suddenly I don’t think it’s must win, it’s more ‘don’t lose’. We’re in touching distance now with time on our side and a draw would not be a bad result.
However, Torquay United must attack. We’re not suited to playing conservatively and seeing where it takes us, we must have a go and I’m sure Gary Johnson will be pushing his men forward for victory – that’s just one of the reasons we love him after all!
But that doesn’t mean it will be a classic! I’m expecting a cagey affair similar in ways to the last meeting between the two teams. Good intentions to attack from both parties, but slightly handicapped by the worry of losing. The first goal will matter, in games like these they usually do and it would be no surprise if either team leaves it late – such have been their ways this season.
The battle in midfield will be key. Craig Eastmond and Harry Beautyman are two of the National League’s finest performers this season and Asa Hall will be more important then ever, in breaking down their attacks (and starting our own). Is this the game where Armani Little explodes into life in front of goal and becomes the match-winner? Let’s hope so.
At the back Sam Sherring and Joe Lewis will face their stiffest test as a partnership, with Sutton striker Isaac Olaofe a danger man. Very little room for uncertainty in this one and after his early introduction on Saturday I wonder if Dean Moxey will add his experience from the start this time around.
TT PLAYER PROFILE: ISAAC OLAOFE
Date of Birth: 21st November 1999 – 21 years old
Former Clubs: Millwall*, St Johnstone
National League Stats: Played 33, Goals 11, Bookings 6
*on loan from Millwall to Sutton