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TORQUAY UNITED VS ALDERSOT TOWN – NATIONAL LEAGUE
Date: 1st November 2022
Torquay: L, D, W, D, L, L
Aldershot: D, D, L, W, W, W
Torquay: Will Goodwin (3)
Aldershot: Justin Amaluzor/Inih Effiong/Tyler Cordner (5 each)
HEAD TO HEAD
Aldershot/Aldershot Town: 41
ALDERSHOT TOWN FACTFILE
Year founded: 1992
Nickname: The Shots
Last season’s league finish: 15th in National League
Football Conference/Blue Square Premier/National League:
Isthmian League Premier Division: Winners: 2002-03
INTERIM MANAGER: ROSS MCNEILLY
Shots academy manager Ross McNeilly has taken charge of first team affairs following dismissal of Mark Molesley.
His previous roles include working as head of the Merrist Wood College Football Development Centre in Guildford, Under 15 and Under 16 coach at the Woking Centre of Excellence, schools coaching for Leeds United FC, BTEC Sports Tutor with the Sunderland A.F.C Foundation, and lecturer and Academy Coach at Craven College in Yorkshire. Ross also holds a degree in Sports Science from Leeds Metropolitan University, and a PGCE in Further Education from the University of Huddersfield.
PLAYER TO WATCH: INIH EFFIONG
Inih Effiong joined the club in June 2022 from Woking. The 31-year-old brings lots of National League experience to The Shots having amassed over 170 appearances in the division during his playing career. Effiong has also gained experience in League Two during a spell at Stevenage and in the Scottish Premier League with Ross County.
He was Woking’s joint top scorer last season with 13 goals and he is currently the Shots’ joint leading scorer with five.
Date of Birth: 2nd March 1991 – 31 Years Old
Former Clubs: St Albans, Boreham Wood, Hitchin, Chesham, Hayes, Dunstable, Biggleswade, Barrow, Woking, Ross County, Dover, Stevenage, Barnet, Notts County
NLS Stats 22-23: Played 16, Goals Scored 5, Yellow/Red 0/0
Torquay: Corie Andrews
Aldershot: Josh McQuoid, Frank Vincent
PREVIOUS HEAD TO HEAD
TORQUAY UNITED 4-0 ALDERSHOT TOWN
Torquay United kept their feint National League play-off hopes alive with a fine 4-0 win over Aldershot Town.
Dean Moxey’s early header put the Gulls in front before Stephen Wearne’s close-range finish three minutes later following good work by Stephen Duke-McKenna.
Torquay used Tuesday night’s game to remember the life of long-serving former manager Frank O’Farrell who passed away earlier that month aged 94.
And the Irishman, who also managed Manchester United, would have been pleased with what he saw as United impressed for long periods.
Connor Lemonheigh-Evans’ cross was turned into his own net by Brad Webb as the Gulls had all three points secured after 24 minutes.
Lemonheigh-Evans wrapped up the win – Torquay’s biggest victory since a 5-0 thrashing of Wealdstone in early October – shortly after the start of the second half as the converted Danny Wright’s pass to cap off an excellent night for Gary Johnson’s side.
Torquay United (3-5-2)
Lucas Ness – Mark Ellis- Dean Moxey
Shaun Donnellan – Tom Lapslie – Asa Hall – Scott Smith – Dillon De Silva
Aaron Jarvis – Will Goodwin
Aldershot Town (4-3-3)
Archie Davies – Giles Phillips – Tyler Cordner – Ollie Harfield
Josh McQuoid – Frank Vincent – Ryan Glover
Justin Amaluzor – Inih Effiong – Francis Amartey