TT MATCH PREVIEW
Steve Harris – @SteveHarris84
Match details: Torquay United versus Barnet
Venue: Plainmoor, Torquay
Date: Saturday 22nd May 2021
Kick-off: 3 pm
Current form (all competitions):
Torquay United: D, W, W, W, D
Barnet: L, L, W, L, L, L
Torquay: Asa Hall 13
Barnet: JJ Hooper/Michael Petrasso 7 each
Head to Head:
Last time the two teams met: Barnet 0 – 2 Torquay United, Saturday 30th January 2021
Torquay United moved ten points clear at the top of the National League after a 2-0 win at Barnet.
Ben Whitfield scored the opener for United on seven minutes after taking a cross from Asa Hall and driving a low shot from the edge of the box past Barnet keeper Scott Loach.
Jake Andrews then sealed the victory in the 82nd minute when benefiting from an Adam Randell run and placing the ball in the bottom-right corner.
A seventh consecutive defeat extended bottom-placed Barnet’s winless streak to 14 games in all competitions.
Manager: Simon Bassey
After serving as a youth team player at Wimbledon and Charlton Athletic, Simon Bassey made his name as a player in the South East non-league scene with a number of clubs – including Carshalton Athletic, Aldershot Town and AFC Wimbledon – before taking up coaching. He has previously had two spells as caretaker manager with AFC Wimbledon, following the departures of Terry Brown and Neal Ardley. He took charge of the Bees in April 2021.
One to watch: JJ Hooper
Position: Centre Forward
Date of Birth: Oct 9, 1993 – 27 Years Old
Former Clubs: Newcastle United, Darlington 1883, Workington, Northampton, Alfreton, Farnborough, Havant and Waterlooville, Port Vale, Grimsby, Bromley, Wrexham, Barnet.
National League Stats 20-21: Played 23, Goals 7
A former Newcastle United academy graduate, JJ Hooper is currently the Bees’ joint top scorer with seven goals. Following his departure from the Magpies, he joined Northampton Town – but it was with Havant & Waterlooville where he first truly flourished in the 2014-15, when he helped the Hawks to reach the National League South play-offs.
His form for Havant earned him a move back to the Football League with Port Vale. A spell with Grimsby Town followed before he dropped back down into the National League with Wrexham and he joined Barnet in the summer of 2020. Primarily a forward, Hooper can also play on the left wing.
View from the Sofa by Sam Jones:
The fans are back! I repeat, the fans are back! For the first time in about 5 months, the boys will have the Yellow army at Plainmoor to cheer and berate them in equal measure. On the pitch, it will now need a monumental series of events for United to win the League. Back to back draws have given Sutton the advantage with two games to go, but if we stick 5 past a dreadful Barnet side, and Hartlepool beat Sutton by a couple, then its anyone’s guess which way this will go. All I know is that it won’t be dull…
Ben Wynter – Sam Sherring – Joe Lewis – Dean Moxey
Adam Randell – Asa Hall – Armani Little – Jake Andrews
Lee Vaughan – Ben Nugent – Ben Richards-Everton – Sam Beard
Sam Skeffington – Harry Taylor – Michael Petrasso
Ephron Mason-Clark – Tomi Adeloye – Courtney Baker-Richardson