Chris Wade – @tufcchris
Am I alone in thinking that this current period of time is the weirdest time ever? I have wanted to know what happens for weeks now, and this two-week space of nothingness frankly is not helping that one bit. Roll on Saturday 12 June at 12pm against Notts County.
In the meantime, late goals have been a really important feature of how we have finished second in such a competitive and difficult division. The ability to keep going and score late goals I have always thought is driven by the fans. The will and noise from the terraces (I am an old-fashioned football fan) drives the players to do more. So, the achievement from our group of players this season is amazing. To find the will, passion and desire to keep going time and again in front of nobody is something to be very proud of for all United fans.
Here are my top 5 late goals from five down to my favourite at one. Honourable other mentions to Danny Wright’s late penalty at Bromley, Ben Wynter’s late header at home to Chesterfield and Billy Waters’ late goal at Wealdstone, who all didn’t quite make the top five.
5 – Connor Lemonheigh-Evans: Torquay v Stockport – 3 October
A good start is important in any league. When you are at home to one of the favourites with three loan signings announced at 1400 on match day, a point would have been a satisfactory start. A tight game was heading for stalemate, when an Aaron Nemane cross was flicked in (via various deflections) by CLE:
4 – Connor Lemonheigh-Evans: Weymouth v Torquay – 28 December
A topsy turvy game, where we were 2-0 and 3-1 up was heading for a 3-3 draw near the end when the sort of goal we scored at our best appeared again. A lovely flowing move from Cameron to Whitfield and onto Randell, finished with CLE prodding in at the back post. As it was at the time when fans were allowed, some excellent ‘interactions’ with the crowd followed.
3 – Ben Wynter: Torquay v Notts County – 24 April
Probably one of the least deserved points of the season on the overall game, it was a really hard-won point. Down to ten men after Josh Umerah’s (ridiculous) red card, United kept going from 2-0 down and pulled one back prior to the red card. But in the 98th minute, a long throw from Joe Lewis was beautifully hooked in by Ben Wynter for a very valuable point.
2 – Sam Sherring: Wrexham v Torquay – 5 April
A tight, hard-fought game between two top eight teams was heading for stalemate into the 93rd minute. But then a long throw from Joe Lewis (again) dropped to Sam Sherring to drill inside the near post for a really good three points and to keep the momentum building.
1 – Scott Boden: Torquay v Aldershot – 27 April
Whilst it may appear an odd winner to this article, it was a goal that was so important. It kept the pressure on at the top, and was another example of the incredible will to win. After taking an early lead and being pegged back, we huffed and puffed throughout the second half trying to force a winner. It came in the 95th minute from a delicious cross from Adam Randell that was expertly flicked in by the head of Scott Boden.
With (hopefully) two more games to come, who would rule out another important ‘Gary Time’ goal before the season has reached its eventual conclusion.
COYY – Chris