TT MATCH PREVIEW – AFC BOURNEMOUTH U23S (H) by Steve Harris

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Steve Harris – @steveharris84

Match details: Torquay United versus AFC Bournemouth U23s 

Venue: Plainmoor

Date: Tuesday 10th August 2021

Kick-off: 7.45pm

Opposition fact file:

Year founded: 1899

Nickname: The Cherries

Notable honours (U23s):

Central League Cup winners 2018-19

Notable former players: Sam Surridge (Stoke City and England Under-21s), Mark Travers (AFC Bournemouth and Republic of Ireland)

Manager: Shaun Cooper

After starting his playing career with Portsmouth, Shaun Cooper made over 200 appearances for AFC Bournemouth between 2005 and 2011. He then had spells with Crawley Town and Portsmouth before Chris Hargreaves signed him for the Gulls during the 2013-14 season. However, he didn’t feature for United due to injury and was released at the end of the campaign. Cooper then had spells with Sutton United and Poole Town before retiring from playing.

He became manager of the Cherries Under-21 side, as they were then known, and in his first season they won the Central League Cup and reached the Last 16 of the Premier League Cup.

Player to watch: Jack Scrimshaw 

Isle of Wight-born striker Jack Scrimshaw, 20, has yet to make an appearance for the Cherries first team, but he has had loan spells with Poole Town, Eastleigh, Walsall and Newport County in recent seasons. In the 2020-21 campaign, Scrimshaw scored twice 16 in appearances for the Saddlers and three times in 16 outings for the Exiles.

Last year: Torquay United 3-0 AFC Bournemouth U23s – 15th September 2020

GOALS: Dean Moxey, Josh Umerah, Olaf Koszela

TEAMS: Torquay United – MacDonald, Wynter, Cameron, Lemonheigh-Evans (Piper 75), Wright (Nelson 63), Buse (Slough 75), Koszela, Moxey (Bamforth 75), Nemane (Cadby 75), Whitfield (Edmondson 75), Umerah. Subs not used – none.

AFC Bournemouth – Plain, Gillela, Greenwood, Moriah-Welsh, Jordan, Sherring, Glover, Taylor, Scrimshaw, Saydee, O’Connell. Subs Nippard, Stewart, Wadham, Genesini, Kurran-Browne

Torquay United current squad:

1 – Mark Halstead

2 – Ben Wynter

3 – Dan Martin

4 – Tom Lapslie

5 – Ali Omar

7 – Connor Lemonheigh-Evans

8 – Asa Hall

9 – Danny Wright

10 – Armani Little

11 – Jake Andrews

14 – Chiori Johnson

16 – Keelan O’Connell

18 – Olaf Koszela

19 – Klaidi Lolos

20 – Scott Piper

21 – Dean Moxey

22 – Alex Moyse

23 – Marcin Brzozowski

26 – Louie Slough 

30 – Dan Holman

31 – Joe Lewis

Talking Points..

– Is Trialist A Gabriel Rogers destined to become a Torquay United player this season after Saturday’s fantastic sub appearance?

– Will Gary Johnson sign another youngster from the Cherries after this fixture?

– After not taking part in pre-season so far, will the skipper Asa Hall reappear in this last official game before the season starts?

COYY – Steve

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