Match Preview: Torquay United v Weymouth – Saturday 26th March 2022 – 15:00
David Oldfield’s Terras side travel west to Devon to face Gary Johnson’s Torquay United tomorrow afternoon in the Vanarama National League
It was a defeat on the road for the Terras on Tuesday as Woking defeated Weymouth 2-0, through goals by Tyreke Johnson and a Max Kretzschmar penalty late on. Tom Blair was shown a straight red card for the Terras, therefore he will be unavailable to play tomorrow afternoon. The defeat unfortunately was another stall in Weymouth’s path to survival, and with limited games remaining to make up ground on those currently safe from the drop, David Oldfield will need to rally the squad and get a much needed three points to help close the gap and push closer to survival.
The thoughts of manager David Oldfield ahead of tomorrow’s game:
“We do not see the players very often and once again we have had to shake off match disappointment, but we will be ready and looking forward to the challenge against Torquay. They are expertly managed by Gary and have been on a strong run in recent times. We fully respect this but must make sure we are focused on the task and concentrating on our performance. Another big match.”
WOKING 2-0 TERRAS
WEALDSTONE 3-2 TERRAS
ALTRINCHAM 5-0 TERRAS
TERRAS 0-2 FC HALIFAX TOWN
STOCKPORT 1-0 TERRAS
TERRAS 2-2 BROMLEY
Weymouth currently sit 21st in the table with 22 points from 34 games
Gary Johnson’s side have their eyes on a final push to potentially reach the playoffs and will not want the Terras to stand in their way tomorrow afternoon. Torquay come into this game with nine points from their previous six matches with just the one defeat in their previous nine matches, with the defeat coming against FC Halifax Town by 2-0 last weekend. However, the Gulls bounced back in tremendous fashion, beating Aldershot Town by four goals to nil. As for Torquay’s home record at Plainmoor this season, they have picked up eight wins in seventeen matches with four draws, and will want to utilise this good home form against the Terras tomorrow afternoon in order to take all three points.
Player To Watch: Armani Little
Signing from Oxford United in 2019, the 24 year old has scored ten goals so far this season for the Gulls and will be one of the main threats to Weymouth’s back line tomorrow afternoon at Plainmoor.
TORQUAY UNITED 4-0 ALDERSHOT TOWN
FC HALIFAX TOWN 2-0 TORQUAY UNITED
KING’S LYNN TOWN 2-3 TORQUAY UNITED
TORQUAY UNITED 0-0 BROMLEY
WEALDSTONE 1-1 TORQUAY UNITED
TORQUAY UNITED 0-0 BOREHAM WOOD
Torquay currently sit 11th in the league with 50 points from 34 games
@TerraStatman’s Facts of the Match
Since our promotion back to this level last season we have a P3 L3 record against the Plainmoor-based-outfit but we can perhaps take heart from the fact we have scored in all three of those encounters and ultimately the Devon side were the victors by only one goal on each of those occasions.
Earlier this season it was Joe Lewis & Sinclair Armstrong who bagged the goals for the Gulls in their 2-1 win. Welshman Lewis is still in their squad but Armstrong returned to parent club QPR at the end of his loan period. For us, Goodship scored our goal at the game at the BLS earlier in this campaign, a header from a Drewe assist. Last season in the away game with the same 1-2 scoreline it was a Dallas penalty that gave us a quantum of hope. Before that was a the “festive fireworks” game on 28th December when Cooke, Murray and McQuoid all found the net but we could not stop Torquay scoring four to leave us empty-handed.
Although wins have alluded us in recent years, the last time we tasted victory against the yellows was in a similar situation to tomorrow as back in 2009 we were striving to maintain our status in this division and we secured a fine 2-0 win on the road to take all three points back over the border to Dorset. Sadly that success in February was our last that season as a couple of weeks later a financial crisis decimated the squad and we were forced to field the youth team in the infamous 0-9 Rushden & Diamonds games.
In terms of player stats – Josh McQuoid is the only player from either team to have graced both dressing rooms having played for Torquay back in 17/18 and we continue to miss loanee Haji Mnoga who is currently on international duty with Tanzania – probably the first current Weymouth player to be playing for their country since Bailey Rowe and Charles Medway who we believe were on Weymouth’s books when they featured for British Virgin Islands in 2019.