A League 2 blog with an overwhelmingly pro-Torquay United bias
As previously advertised, I will be at the Darlington Arena tomorrow to watch Torquay’s clash with the division’s basement club. I plan to provide live match updates via Twitter, which you can follow here if you so wish. I will be taking my camera with me, so hopefully some passable photos will accompany the match report.
Team news: Scott Bevan will continue to deputise in goal for the injured Michael Poke, so we may well enjoy the surreal sight of his 6’6″ frame lining up next to Danny Stevens (5’1″). I’m a big fan of Danny (well bigger than he is anyway) and the likely absence of Wayne Carlisle due to continuing knee-knack will hopefully give him a chance to impress on the wing.
Implications: A win for Torquay could see them move 12 points clear of the relegation zone if Grimsby lose at home to Shrewsbury. Even a draw could see the Gulls move up a place to 19th if Chris Sutton’s Lincoln follow the script and lose at table-topping Rochdale. Conversely a defeat for United coupled with wins for the teams below them could reduce the oblivion cushion to just 6 points with a lot of football still to be played.
Opposition analysis: Things are looking bleak for Darlington, who need to close a 16 point gap in their remaining 16 games to save their league status. That’s a big ask for a team that’s won just 4 games this season (Torquay have won 7 since you ask), although this encounter represents one of their more winnable games which will undoubtedly focus their minds.
Torquay away form: DDLDD (scored 4, conceded 5)
Darlington home form: LWDLL (scored 7, conceded 9)
Last meeting: Darlington have already visited Plainmoor this season where Torquay subjected them to the biggest defeat of their miserable campaign, romping to an uncharacteristic 5-0 victory in December.
Prediction: Despite their recent renaissance, Torquay have been abject away from home, conjuring a solitary win from their 17 outings so far. Although the goals flowed in the last encounter between these sides, Torquay aren’t converting many chances at the moment and the side has stuttered following some significant personnel changes. Darlington will be going all-out to claim the points in what will be a must-win game for them. I’m going to plump for a 1-1 draw, with Torquay taking the lead only to concede in the last 10 minutes as usual.