Danny Burnell – @danny_burnell92
A GOOD FRIDAY, OR A GREAT ONE…..
The Gulls enter undoubtedly their biggest weekend of the season. Come 5.15pm on Monday evening, they COULD be a single point behind a play-off spot, or equally, 13 behind, that’s the stakes. In reality, it will probably be somewhere in between, but a positive result on Friday is paramount to keep up the fantastic momentum. Plainmoor has been somewhat of a fortress this season, with no fewer than 12 goals across the last 3 games. Away from the Bay the results have been inconsistent, a loss at Halifax, coupled with wins over the bottom two have meant the Gulls are well and truly in the chasing pack.
In summary, this weekend is massive for Torquay United. Post Easter Monday, we SHOULD be in a more telling position to see whether it’s worth bothering with the last 6 games of this 21/22 campaign.
‘BEN WYNTER’ DAY
If you are a social media buff, you would have done well to avoid the various Ben Wynter day posts. Last Wednesday marked the 3 year anniversary in which the right back grabbed that incredible equaliser at Woking to effectively hand United the title. Three years on, ‘Wynts’ remains a TUFC startlet, Woking & Torquay remain in the same division, and although there’s not as much on the line this time, United can make massive strides in bolstering their play-off credentials. Obviously that result that day was a draw, so a repeat of that won’t be much use, BUT, if United can go one better, and grab the three points, it will make for a very happy Yellow Army indeed.
The sight of Sunderland loanee Stephen Wearne on crutches after the Notts County game probably indicates his Easter will be spent on the side-lines. Two goals from his last three matches has raised his stock amongst the Plainmoor faithful, and this injury comes at a time the young Teessider was just hitting form. Other than that, GJ will be a brave man to make any other changes in a team who comprehensively dispatched a play off contender. Chiori came in from the cold and produced his best performance in yellow, and with the likes of CLE, Little & Lapslie all in top form, you’d be surprised to see any other alterations to that team. O’Connell could come in for a like-for-like, or there could potentially be a slight re-shuffle in the pack, however, the players will be brimming with confidence as they take to the field, hoping to make it 12 points from a possible 12.
RELYING ON OTHER RESULTS
We get to that stage of the season now where it’s not just about what we do, it’s looking at others around us. Unfortunately, as it were, play-offs is somewhat out of Torquay’s hands. That’s not to say that should they win our last 8 that will almost certainly be enough, but being realistic, that won’t happen. Playing teams around you at this stage, ala Daggers & Grimsby, is often useful knowing that should you take anything of them, you gain precious points. Grimsby face a tricky weekend with a tough home clash against table toppers Stockport, followed by a trip to a semi-rejuvenated King’s Lynn, seeking themselves to climb out the bottom three. It’s not just Torquay jostling for that all important 7th spot. If they are to claim it, they will have to see off challenges from Bromley, Boreham Wood & Dagenham. Daggers host Barnet on Friday, before a visit to Aldershot. Out of sorts Wood will look to get their campaign back on track with the home visit of Dover, before a trip to Wealdstone. Whilst the equally out of form Bromley play Eastleigh (away) and Maidenhead (home), looking for their first league win since the end of January.
CARDS ON THE BEACH?
Whilst not being able to work it out for myself, Woking look set to become one of, if not the first team to secure NL status for next season. With no risk of relegation, and no danger of going up, the Cards have little to play for in their last 6 games. The ideal opponents in some ways, the dangerous opponents in others. The recently turned full-timers will want to impress new boss Darren Sarll and no doubt contracts and careers are on the line. As bad as United were that day back in August, Woking proved they are no mugs and are capable of a goal or two. Torquay must be on it!
COYY – Danny
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