Dom Roman – @DomRoman
“Tom helps set the tone for the rest of team and will be a key man this weekend”
This Torquay United team won’t go away will they? It’s been a mix of results since Xmas, and after the Solihull defeat any hopes of the play-offs appeared to be heading over the NL sunset. But a few days on and with Wrexham taken down a notch or two, it felt like we were back in it. I’m all for this optimism and the season continuing to have spice, so onwards to Kent we go – here’s talking points for Dover AFC (a):
BECOMING THE FAVOURITES
One week on and this game has a different feel to Hollywood (h), with the favourites tag now hanging around the Gulls’ necks and the expectation to take 3 points back home to the bay against a team on -5 points (even we’ve never had that bad a season). Managing the expectation of victory has not suited United over the years, but this season we have generally done okay against teams in the lower reaches and Gary Johnson has been quick to warn his players against complacency this week. Approach the game with the same intensity as Wrexham, add more attacking intent and the Gulls should be fine. On the flip side a drop off in any area and even a team like dreadful Dover can come and bite you. Keep your foot on the accelerator lads.
Dover’s season finished pretty much before it even started, the points deduction nailing them on for relegation and meaning boss Andy Hessenthaler could only cobble together a modest squad of bits and bobs for the campaign that will ultimately lead to the National League South. Credit to Hessenthaler, he’s stuck at it and in recent fixtures the side have become more competitive, with a very creditable win at home to Eastleigh becoming their first 3 pointer of the season. They set up in a 4-2-3-1 formation with two holding midfielders and will try to make things as difficult as possible for United, just as they did for Stockport last week. An early goal would be perfect against a team as limited as them, but if that doesn’t arrive patience could be key.