Joe discusses talking points from the game versus Bournemouth
Holman and Wright
The two Dans seem to have picked up where they left off together 5 years ago at Cheltenham. Yeah okay….it was only Bournemouth’s kids but Wright and Holman looked to have an almost telepathic understanding at times in the first half, culminating in a brilliant move for Holman’s first goal of the night. There’s no substitute for experience and with a combined age of 67 years of age they certainly have plenty of that, it’ll be interesting to see how their combined goal and assist ratio measures up against the likes of Tshimanga & Rowe; Hyde & Mullin and Quigley & Madden, especially considering the modest wage outlay in comparison.
He looks more and more like a fans favourite every time I see him. Tom loves a tackle, has great energy, was all over the midfield last night, and tucked away a nice finish to cap off a man of the match performance. He’s the perfect replacement for Asa, amidst rumours of a lengthy lay off for our skipper.
Many Gulls fans would have arrived last night eager to see who would stand out ahead of a possible loan move down to Plainmoor. In truth no-one in a red and black shirt impressed, in what was largely an u21 side as opposed to u23s. With the No.6 shirt still vacant it was promising to see Sam Sherring in attendance picking up the Ian Twitchin Trophy for the most appearances last season, what a coup it would be to get Sam back at TQ1, it’s the hope that kills you!
Last friendly or not?
It wouldn’t be a surprise to hear of a hastily arranged behind closed doors friendly in the next week to give the boys one more final work out, especially as they didn’t have to work very hard last night for the win. The inevitable last minute loan signings would then get the opportunity for a first run out with their new team mates before the real stuff kicks off on the 21st!
COYY – Joe
VIEW FROM TH£ ED
Strength in numbers
Whilst last season we had an excellent first XI that blazed a trail at the top of the National League, the 21-22 squad looks more rounded and versatile to tackle the challenges ahead. Nothing is assured in football, but the way Gary Johnson has methodically put together this revamped group of lads gives me plenty of confidence that another strong season is on the cards. This gaffer knows how to get this job done, so let them write us off if they like – the Gulls are still going to be tough to beat. Altrinham (H) can’t come soon enough. Dom