Alan Wills – @alanjwills
Alan discusses the talking points for King’s Lynn 2-3 TUFC
This was my first visit to this part of the country, which was beautiful, particularly the waterways. The tiny pubs near the ground were rather quaint with some very welcoming locals. “Live and Let Live” in particular was firmly stuck in the last century, and serving some very strong local ciders.
No easy games in this league
Kings Lynn are a plucky side with a spirit that belies their lowly league position. Even when Torquay had a two goal lead (twice) the Linnets just didn’t give up. It fact, they were largely dominant in the second half, and only brave defending and a slice of luck kept them from equalising.
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Joe Lewis’ sending off and subsequent one match suspension meant that Ali Omar finally got his chance to stake his claim in the centre of the Gulls defence.
After a faultless performance in the second half against Bromley, he played the entire 90 minutes and did a solid job to keep the home side from equalising in the second half.
It will be interesting to see whether Gary decides to partner him with Joe Lewis once he returns from suspension.
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Although slightly quieter than usual, probably due to being split across two stands in the corner of one end, plus one part of the grandstand, there seemed to be around 200 Torquay fans who had made the long journey up to Norfolk.
With just over 600 home fans this was about a quarter of the total attendance.
The Kings Lynn chairman did allude to their poor home support in the programme, and I couldn’t help thinking that the National League South is more their level.
The Yellow Army were very much appreciated by the players after the game, with Duke-McKenna making a particular point of coming over and clapping to the two stands in the corner of the ground.
Goals from the strikers
There has been some commentary that our main centre forward Danny Wright is “past his best”, and “his legs have gone”.
He proved his doubters wrong with an excellent performance and two good goals.
He may not be back to full match fitness yet after his recent injury, however, as he faded in the second half. I hope this marks the start of a run of goal-scoring which has so far been sorely lacking this season from our strikers.
A win at last!
After four consecutive draws, Torquay finally secured a deserved win to reduce the gap to the final play-off spot to 8 points, and pretty much get back on Gary’s target of 2 points per game in our current run.
That’s 29 points from the last 15 games now. It’s still on!
With Manager Gary Johnson absent due to a sickness bug, the Assistant Manager was in charge for the ninety minutes, and the post-match interview. You have got to say he did a good job, securing a very welcome three points.
You do wonder whether the plan is for Aaron to eventually take over the managership, with Gary perhaps advising. On this limited showing, I personally would have no problem with that.
COYY – Alan
“It was a fantastic win for all of us, the boys put a fantastic effort in and they had to work hard for it and earn it” – AARON DOWNES
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