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24th august 2001 


  • torquay utd (home ko 3:00pm)

    Well, after the excitement of last Tuesdays Cup game against Preston it's back to the bump and grind of League 2.

    Tomorrow we welcome back our first ever victims in the Football League, Torquay Utd.
    For those of us there on that wonderful day a little over a year ago lets hope we can see more of the same.

    In front of a crowd of 5122 we beat the Gulls 2-0 with first a goal from Stewart Hadley and then an absolute screamer of a goal from the much maligned Barry Horne.

    Bazza's no longer with us but Hadley is and he will be hoping to reclaim his place after losing it to Drewe Broughton last Tuesday. It will all come down to whether Jan thinks Drewe is match fit after being taken off knackered against Preston.

    Also taken off for the same reason was Ian Foster and no doubt he will be hoping for a start ahead of Andy Ducros.

    Adie Smith was missing with a bruised foot but he is expected to return in place of Lee Ayres who did a sterling job against the big boys and is definitely one to watch out for.

    The only other doubt is Tony Bird who picked up a minor groin strain after scoring his two, classy, goals against Preston. He should be fit for Torquay though.

    Harriers (from):
    Brock, Murphy, Medou-Otye, Stamps, Clarkson, Shail, Hinton, Smith, Webb, Bird, Blake, Davies, Ayres, Faulds, Joy, Bennett, Shilton, Doyle, Foster, Murphy, Hadley, Ducros, Corbett.

    Torquay have had disappointing start to their league campaign so far, losing 1-0 at Bristol Rovers on the opening day and last week losing 0-3 at home to fancied for the drop York City.

    Then they go and upset the form book by beating Bournemouth away on Tuesday in the Worthington Cup.
    Then again Bournemouth were playing away too. They are having to play their home games at Dorchester Town while Dean Court is being rebuilt.

    The Gulls have started the new season with a new manager in Roy McFarland who replaced Colin Lee who had been temporary man in charge there since Wes Saunders was sacked.

    McFarland has bought in a few new faces. Of the ones who played us last August only Chris Brandon and Kevin Hill are expected to make the start tomorrow.

    The new ones include midfielder Alex Russell from his old club, Cambridge Utd, and David Woozley (defender)from Crystal Palace.

    Personally I don't think Torquay will struggle as they did last season but I hope that their revival won't start until after 5:00 tomorrow.

    Torquay from:
    Jones, Tully, Lyons, L Russell, Holmes A Russell, Aggrey, Healy, Bedeau, Williams, Hill, Rees, Douglin, Hockley, Herreary, Stocco, Northmore, Brandon, O'Brien, Graham, Parker, McNeil, Law, Ashington, Benefield, Stephens, Roach, Dearden, Greyling, Woods.


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    official site
    barnstaple gulls

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