I really hope that late chance which fell to Benji Kimpioka doesn’t affect his confidence (short and long-term), and of course doesn’t cost the Gulls promotion at the end of the season. With Bromley ‘keeper Mark Cousins already on the deck, all it needed was a little flick over him and power was just the wrong option to take. Kimpioka injected some pace and strength to our attack, with Waters having an off day, but you would have fancied Billy in his form before today to have buried that chance. And it was right in Gary time as well – just imagine the salt from Sutton, Stockport and Hartlepool fans that would have ensued. Chin up Benji, your time will come.
JUST DON’T LIFT IT LADS!
Torquay’s play in windy and wet conditions has always concerned me, and not just under Gary Johnson. All of our best play came on the deck, or with shorter lofted passes, and with Waters and Scott Boden up front it’s just pointless hitting lumped balls up for them to try and win, because they won’t. There were too many aimless balls to even try and count, most coming from the full-backs, when there was much more sense in getting the ball out wide and delivering some dangerous crosses in the swirling wind. Having said that, when we did have the chance to cross, most of them were over-hit. Maybe Gary needs to get a wind machine in at the training ground, although having watched a couple of games there, he probably doesn’t need it.
Adam Randell – candidate for Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year and probably National League Young Player of the Year as well. While I would love to see him back in the middle of midfield, he’s been fitting in really well out on the right wing and has provided some huge assists in recent victories. Yet today, we seemed to starve him of the ball for long spells. When he, Ben Wynter and Connor Lemonheigh-Evans were working in triangles, we made some clear-cut chances, but he just didn’t get enough service and that was definitely to our detriment.
SHERRING’S BIRTHDAY MASTERCLASS
I’ve been on the fence about Sam Sherring from time-to-time this season but he really has impressed in the last month playing alongside a mixture of centre-back partners. Today, I thought he was absolutely supreme, keeping the league’s top goal-scorer – Michael Cheek – very quiet and making some timely interceptions. Probably the best I have seen him play all season and a great way to celebrate his 21st birthday. Maybe just a couple of beers with the lads and we’ll hold off on the celebrations until later this month if that’s okay with you Sam 😉
DO US A FAVOUR…SOMEBODY…PLEASE!
Failure to win means the title is back in Sutton’s hands and, with our game against Stockport having been moved to Sunday, there is a chance the U’s could be four points ahead of us by the time we kick off at Edgeley Park. Suddenly we need some help. We can be fairly sure Woking will roll over for them so let’s all be a little bit Maidenhead next Saturday. The Magpies have been in decent form, thrashing both us and Hartlepool recently, so a few prayers will be uttered on Friday night. Stockport play in-form Dagenham in midweek as well, with a win in that game and win over us potentially taking them to the top of the league, depending on other results (their goal difference could be vital). What a season it has been and I’m sure there are many more twists and turns to come. Can my blood pressure and heart face another three games like that (and possibly two or three more in the playoffs)?????