Dom Roman – @DomRoman
The season may be looking decidedly mid-table but there’s still games to be played and points to be won, starting with a home match against regular Conference adversaries Bromley, let’s look at the pre-match talking points shall we….
With goals from TUFC strikers a rare commodity these days, it’s not surprising that Torquay United have struggled to put teams away. There was enough chances against Barnet and Wealdstone to gather four more points, but without a prolific marksmen we simply can’t keep expecting the midfielders and defence to bail us out of games. Bromley are usually well organised and will close space down, so we need to make decent chances count. More killer instinct is required.
A CHANCE FOR LOLOS?!
The Lolos-Johnson situation last week was interesting wasn’t it! From practically writing off Klaidi’s United career on Saturday, to saying he loved the lad on Monday, was quite a turnaround. I think Gary was understandably frustrated during and after the Wealdstone game. He would have expected to win that one and befuddled sub Klaidi bore the brunt of his exasperation. Hopefully a line has been drawn over this and it wouldn’t surprise me if Lolos played a part this weekend, it perhaps depends on how he’s reacted in training. A Lolos goal at Plainmoor 7 days after being told his season was over….well stranger things have happened!
HALL AND MARTIN
The team missed Asa Hall and Dan Martin last Saturday, which is natural considering the impact they can have on the team. Asa Hall may come back into a 3 man defence or midfield depending on how the gaffer feels, whilst Martin gives us so much energy and enthusiasm on the left, I hope both injuries are only short term. Taking one or two out of this Torquay United squad can be so disruptive and leaves our bench looking awfully weak. By next season the priority must be to assemble better strength in the squad to cope.
It feels like Bromley constantly remain around the 7th-12th place bracket of the National League. A well run club who always line-up a decent squad, can beat any team on their day, but lack the financial clout and sway to push closer towards the top. The class of 21-22 is led by Andy Woodman who’s done a good job since taking charge last season. He’s got the dangerous Michael Cheek upfront, experienced captain Byron Webster at the back and a reliable keeper between the sticks in the form of Mark Cousins. Not a side packed full of talent by any means, but much like Solihull who beat us a few weeks ago, a team that makes the best of what they have got (especially against the Gulls).
Will Gary Johnson persist with Danny Wright upfront or go with something different? Connor Lemonheigh-Evans looked the part a couple of weeks ago versus Barnet, so the option is there to put him back up top again. His mobility and work rate is definitely a step up from Danny, whose time spent in and out of the team due to injury has taken it’s toll this season. Alternatively, the gaffer might decide to just throw his dice and do something different altogether. The main thing for me is we push forward and attack – if mid-table is what we are, then let’s have some fun shall we!
See you at Plainmoor.
COYY – Dom
TT PLAYER OF THE MONTH – February 22 by Thomas Kelly
PROUD AWAY SPONSOR OF KLAIDI LOLOS