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
Maybe the courage and form gathered in recent weeks will carry the Gulls over the line tonight. Momentum in football is huge and these gritty wins in recent weeks leave belief coursing through Yellows bodies. Meanwhile Sutton have had frustrating draws and then time to rest, I’m not sure that helps at this time of the season, we’ll soon find out…
Overall just another dull and dreary season then! The emotions are high with everyone from an emotional time, would we ever be satisfied with a season that doesn’t peak and trough in classic Gulls style…probably not, even if it adds a few days to our lives!
The lads are doing everything they can to make this season great, and we should be proud of their efforts to grind back into this title race. The season could easily have slipped away in front of no supporters and with multiple injuries (again) excuses could have been given, but these lads are made of sterner stuff.
Whatever happens, the show will go on and promotion will still be possible – but a win would be bloody nice wouldn’t it. Good luck lads and enjoy the game everyone.