It’s back to business tomorrow afternoon at Plainmoor, as United return to National league action, with Sutton United the latest side to take on Gary Johnson’s men.
The Gulls are on a superb run of form, with six wins from their last seven league outings taking them up to 5th place in the table. With leaders Bromley now just two points better off, Torquay’s tally of 18 points from a possible 21 has left top spot within touching distance. Although Sutton have struggled so far this season, Johnson’s side will be facing opponents equally desperate for points, albeit for a different reason.
Who’s The Boss?
Matt Gray was appointed manager in May 2019 following the departure of the popular Paul Doswell. As a player, he began his career with Tottenham Hotspur and played for Cardiff City and Hayes and Havant & Waterlooville before being forced to retire early through injury. Previous spells as assistant manager in the National League at Eastleigh, and in League Two with Aldershot and Crawley, preceded his move to Gander Green Lane.
How have they been doing?
It has been a difficult start to the season for Sutton, with their 16 points from their first 19 games leaving them in 23rd position, just three points above bottom club Chorley. Although they have only notched three victories so far this term, a 4-0 romp at home to Chesterfield is proof of their capabilities when everything goes to plan.
Player to watch
6ft 2in tall striker Aaron Jarvis began his career with Basingstoke Town, for whom he notched 14 goals in 47 games as a teenager. That form alerted Luton Town, with an undisclosed fee confirming the switch to Kenilworth Road. After making his debut in the EFL, loan spells at Boreham Wood and Scottish Championship side Falkirk followed, ahead of Aaron joining The Us in the summer. Jarvis enjoyed arguably his best performance in the aforementioned hammering of Chesterfield, where he grabbed a brace.
Played For Both
Former Gull Brett Williams enjoyed a loan spell with the side in Amber last season, after failing to force his way into Gary Johnson’s National League South title-bound side. Notching 3 goals in 22 games for Sutton before leaving for Weymouth in the summer of 2019, Brett is best remembered by Gulls fans for his crucial goals during the 2016/17 finale, which helped secure United’s National League status.
Ruairi Keating’s tenth minute header was enough to secure a 1-0 win for Gary Owers’ Gulls at Gander Green Lane in November 2017. Despite struggling at the foot of the table, Keating’s early goal gave United’s defence something to hold onto, and they saw the remainder of the game to clinch the three points.
Torquay United Vs Sutton United | Plainmoor TQ1 3PS | 16/11/19 3pm KO
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