First place plays third place on Saturday when United take on Bath City at Twerton Park. TUFC manager Gary Johnson is looking forward to returning to match action after a week off.

“The boys have been training well and they’ve looked quite sharp,” said Johnson. “I’m pleased with the way they’ve come back from that weekend but also what they’ve been doing in that last couple of days.”

The Gaffer is glad to have had the opportunity to give the team a break from the mental exertion after a busy festive period.

“I think we’ve got a lot of fit lads. I think it’s more mentally than physically. Yes, we had a lot of games but the mental pressure over the Christmas and New Year period when we knew for us to catch up and give us a chance we needed to win five out of five, basically, and the boys came up trumps with that. The mental side of that is every day you’re getting them focused, every day is a build up to another game, every day they’ve got to think about their jobs in the games. I think it was more mentally draining for them than physically.

“There’s been tests, of course, when we’ve played some of the teams at the top. Your next game is always your biggest test but I think Bath are a decent team and living not too far away from there I know that they’ve got some decent players. It can be dangerous. They’ve got a group of lads that are pretty good. We’re going to have to be at our best because they are one of the stronger teams in the league.”

United will have over 1400 fans inside Twerton Park to support the lads. The Gaffer is thankful for their support.

“I’m looking forward to the game because I love seeing our supporters enjoying themselves. The numbers we’re getting for away games is phenomenal for this level. They deserve a team that’s going to give them everything and try and win the games as we do. Try and give them goals, try and give them some excitement. I think people are getting to know the players personally a little bit more through our media. The win is going to be for those that have travelled up, if you like. We really do appreciate it.

United do not have any injury concerns heading into Saturday’s game. Opi Edwards returned to full ttraining this week and it remains to be seen whether he will be included in the match day squad.

NLS | Bath City Vs Torquay United | 19/01/19 | Twerton Park, BA2 1DB | Our away allocation is SOLD OUT for this match.