United’s preparations for the 2021/22 season went up a gear on Saturday afternoon, as Gary Johnson’s side made a winning start to their pre-season friendly campaign, with a 2-0 win at Poole Town.

Taking the field for the first time since the Promotion Final defeat 34 days ago, the warm-up fixture against Town gave Torquay’s players the chance to get back into match action ahead of the big kick-off on August 21st, whilst also giving the Yellow Army the chance to view Johnson’s new additions for the first time.

The result was eventually settled late in the second half, as goals from Olaf Koszela and Klaidi Lolos ensured The Gulls came out on top, with The Gulls’ boss pleased with what was a productive afternoon in Dorset.

“It was a game of two halves, as they say,” began Johnson.

“It took us a little bit to get into our proper game. At half-time, it was 0-0, we’d had a few chances but it was a little bit airy-fairy, so we livened it up at half-time, and just wanted to see our game. We started getting on the ball more, we did a lot more attacking, and we scored two very good Torquay United goals. It was nice for our two strikers in the second half – Olaf and Klaidi Lolos – to get the goals.

“All in all, every manager says ‘It was a good workout’ – especially when they lose – so, I’m going to say it was a good workout, and we won!”

The Gaffer ended by paying tribute to United’s travelling support, some of whom were seeing their side play away from home for the first time in well over a year.

“Hopefully our supporters have seen the potential of our new lads, that’s the good thing. We had a couple of young lads as well, a couple of trialists, but basically the seven we signed on, I think all showed something – there’s more to come from them.

“I thank the fans for being here to welcome our new players.”

The Yellow Army will have another chance to see their new-look side again on Tuesday evening, as they take on Truro City at Plainmoor (27/07/21 7.45pm KO).
TUFC Starting XI: 1. Mark Halstead, 2. Ben Wynter, 4. Tom Lapslie, 5. Ali Omar, 9. Danny Wright, 16. Keelan O’Connell, 19. Klaidi Lolos, 21. Dean Moxey, 26. Louie Slough, 14. Trialist A, 15. Trialist B.
Substitutes: 23. Marcin Brzozowski (GK), 3. Dan Martin, 10. Armani Little, 18. Olaf Koszela, 20. Scott Piper, 22. Alex Moyse, 31. Joe Lewis.