Dom Roman – @DomRoman
Last game under the Plainmoor lights this season, four goals and three easy points – that’ll do nicely. Aldershot were as awful as we were terrific and in truth it could have easily been 6 or 7-0, but that’s just being greedy isn’t it? Back to Plainmoor we go this weekend, talking points for Weymouth (h) incoming…
These lads aren’t giving up easy on the play-off dream! The difference between us and 7th place decreased to 8 points on Tuesday night, with contenders playing each other and the likes of Boreham and Bromley slumping. The chances are still slim, with around 22 points needed from 10 games, it’ll take some push to get us over the line…but the gaffer is right to trumpet optimism this week just to keep his team and supporters on their toes. The crowd were a bit subdued on Tuesday night, hopefully the Shots beating will inject something extra into Plainmoor this weekend and we can make it two wins on the bounce….keeping this season alive and just about kicking.
Terras supporters will have expected a struggle against relegation this season, they just don’t have the quality to push up the division, and with Aldershot losing game after game, they will be frustrated at not making any ground on 4th from bottom. Manager David Oldfield moved from Oxford City in January, but hasn’t been able to turn their fortunes around. Notable players? Well ex-Gull Josh McQuoid is their captain, playmaker and top scorer….which kind of says it all! With 5 losses in a trot including a 2-0 defeat at Woking in their last fixture, this is a game that the Gulls should (with any luck) win at a canter. No Weymouth (a) fun in 22-23 by the looks of it, that’s a shame.
Sunderland loanee Wearne will feel much happier after the Aldershot performance. Since his smart arrival versus Dagenham, Stephen just hasn’t impacted games enough and has been shifted positionally over the last couple of months with little of note to report on. But versus the Shots he did very well, striding purposely forward with the ball, making passes, creating space and finishing a lovely Gulls move for his 1st goal at Plainmoor. He’ll definitely fancy his chances of making it two against Weymouth. If the Gulls are to push close to unlikely play-off contention, players like Wearne need to have big finishes to the season.
Opi Edwards spent his 1st half close to us in Bristow’s and overall it was a mixed bag from the winger. Clearly rusty from not playing much football, Edwards’ touches were erratic and nervy, lacking authority to push Torquay forward. But to his credit Opi always has a good attitude, works hard and runs well off the ball, which we also saw during the 1st half (and the 2nd). 10 games left for the ex-Bristol CIty youngster to impress Gary Johnson, and perhaps get himself a contract at Plainmoor for 2022-23. He certainly has the talent to be an asset in a Torquay United squad, but question marks remain on his fitness. Time will tell.
Could it be 3 games unchanged for Gary Johnson? Would that be a first this season? I’d imagine so! One of our issues this season has been the revolving door of minor injuries and COVID that has stopped GJ fielding his favoured team. At present we can’t complain, only Asa Hall out of the standard first teamers was missing the other night, and out of the subs Dan Martin will be pushing most to get back in the starting XI. We all want a striker I know that and the frustration at not bagging one is pulpable, but this squad is at least finding fitness and continuity for the run-in (fingers crossed it remains like that!).
COYY – Dom
TALKING POINTS – Aldershot Town (h) by Chris Wade
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