Thomas Kelly – @Tommyktufc
The Lemon is playing his best football at just the right time
Connor Lemonheigh-Evans once again put in a shift that highlighted how important he is to us as we head towards the end of the season. It was hard to disagree with the TT match verdict who voted him MOTM. Playing behind Boden, his constant energy and creativity really gave us the impetus to attack Woking from the off. He did well to take advantage of a very poor attempted Gerring back pass to make it 2-0 and throughout the game he looked to be the player to make something happen for us. The good news for us is Connor seems to be hitting his best form at just the right time and for any Torquay fan, that’s an exciting prospect.
No need for a late show at Kingfield
For once, Torquay United didn’t need to leave it late to win. Capitalising on two Woking errors within the first 20 minutes, in all honesty, we never really looked like conceding. The second half really was a dull affair but it was good to watch us see the game out. The lads used a lot of their energy in our last two wins over Weymouth and Sutton, it felt like we were in cruise control and never needed to hit top gear thanks to the two Woking assists.
The points turned out to be more important than winning a quarter final
After losing to Woking in the FA Trophy, many of us would have been disappointed to see a potential Wembley final pass us by. Honestly after the disappointment of seeing our last minute equaliser be chalked off for offside, I think exiting the Trophy was probably the best thing for us. It allowed us to focus on the league and despite some poor results following the defeat, our form since our 1-0 win over Woking on Good Friday has seen us win the last five matches and has propelled us right back into the title picture. Woking went on to lose to NLN side Hereford and now they have absolutely nothing to play for. Their form has dipped considerably since then and in all honestly, we should have won by more considering they’ve shipped four goals at home in their previous three home games before facing us, but I can’t be too greedy.
Since shipping four goals to Maidenhead, we’ve conceded just twice
Last season watching us, you got the feeling that there was always a mistake to be made in our defence which would cost us a point or all three. This season it’s a different kettle of fish. Whatever was said in the dressing room after Maidenhead has certainly had the desired impact. Conceding just two goals in our last eight games has played a huge part in our mini revival back into title contention. Earlier in the season, we conceded goals but adopted the NLS stance of “we’ll just score more than you”. Of course, injuries have hurt us massively but with still a few key players out, the current run is testament to all the squad for their hard work and mental focus as we hit the final furlong of the season. Consistency will decide the fate of the National League title and if we can continue to keep the ball out of our own net and keep putting it in the opposition’s net, then it could be a very exciting final month of the season for Gulls fans everywhere.
Was Gary saving the likes of Wright and Cam for Saturday?
When the team sheet was announced, many would have worried (myself included) to see that Danny Wright, Kyle Cameron and Armani Little were all out of the match day squad. Wright returning especially has galvanised us and his experience makes us a better attacking team, his touches in the build up to our attacks really stand out for me. Seeing Cam back at Sutton was also good, he has definitely improved as a player in the last year or so in my opinion, so to see both of them not even in the squad was slightly concerning, especially as we hadn’t played over the weekend. Thankfully, we comfortably managed without them and I wonder if Gary had one eye on our important clash with Notts County on Saturday. Notts have been in freefall over the last month or so and now find themselves out of the play off positions. I’m expecting a very physical and tight game on Saturday and I would rather see a well rested Wright and hopefully Cam both featuring than risk them at Woking who have a history for being a *extremely physical side*. As for Little, hopefully whatever niggle he has is only minor, his luck with injuries has clearly affected him and we all know Armani on his day can make all the difference. If we do get promoted this season, we will have definitely earned it the hard way.
UP THE GULLS! – Thomas