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Steve Harris previews the game at Plainmoor
TORQUAY UNITED VS YORK CITY
Venue: Plainmoor, Torquay
Date: Saturday 15th April 2023
Torquay: D, L, W, W, W, W
York: W, W, D, W, W, L
Torquay: Aaron Jarvis (15)
York: Lennell John-Lewis (12)
HEAD TO HEAD
Year founded: 1922
Nickname: The Minstermen
Last season’s league finish: 5th in National League North (promoted via play-offs)
Division Four/Division Three/League Two:
Winners: 2011-12, 2016-17
MANAGER: MICHAEL MORTON
After joining the Minstermen in December 2022 as David Webb’s assistant, Michael Morton was appointed as interim manager following the dismissal of Webb.
Morton started his coaching career in 2005 with Leeds United and later moved on to Manchester City, where he worked in their academy coaching and talent identification. He has also served as the head of the York-based academy I2I. In addition to this, he has also had a stint as manager of Tadcaster Albion.
PLAYER TO WATCH: MARK ELLIS
A familiar face to the Plainmoor faithful from the five seasons that he spent with the Gulls between 2007 and 2012, not to mention the 12-match loan spell he spent with United earlier in the campaign, Mark Ellis is amongst the most experienced campaigners in the National League.
After progressing through the youth ranks at Exeter City, Ellis joined Bolton Wanderers at the age of 16 before joining United – initially on loan in 2007 and later making the move permanent in 2008.
He left Plainmoor in 2012 to join Crewe Alexandra, Shrewsbury Town, Carlisle United, Tranmere Rovers and Barrow – and he is on loan with the Minstermen from the latter.
Position: Centre Back
Date of Birth: 30th September 1988 – 34 years-old
Place of Birth: Kingsbridge
Former Clubs: Bolton, Torquay, Forest Green Rovers, Crewe, Shrewsbury, Carlisle, Leyton Orient, Tranmere, Notts County, Barrow, Solihull
NL Stats 22-23: Played 21, Goals 2, Yellow/Red Cards 4/0
Torquay: Asa Hall
York: Fraser Kerr, Manny Duku, Mark Ellis
York City 1-0 Torquay United
Saturday 8th October 2022
Alex Hurst’s second-half winner helped York beat Torquay and extend their winless league run to six matches.
Hurst picked up the ball on halfway and ran clear before firing under Gulls keeper Mark Halstead with 19 minutes left.
The goal allowed City to make amends for their disappointing midweek defeat to Halifax.
Prior to Hurst’s strike, Lenell John-Lewis had gone close for York and Maziar Kouhyar also hit the bar.
At the other end, a number of smart stops from Ethan Ross denied the visitors, most notably Aaron Jarvis and Millwall loanee Chinwike Okoli.
Torquay United (3-5-2):
Shaun Donnellan – Nico Lawrence – Dean Moxey
Jack Stobbs – Kevin Dawson – Asa Hall – Tom Lapslie – Lewis Collins
Frank Nouble – Aaron Jarvis
York City (3-5-2):
Michael Duckworth – Mark Ellis – Adam Crookes
Alex Whittle – Olly Dyson – Paddy McLaughlin – Shaq Forde – Mitch Hancox
Alex Hurst – Danny Rowe