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Preview: Torquay United

28 September 2012

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Overview –

Chesterfield head into the game with Martin Ling's Torquay off the back of an eight-game unbeaten run, following a hard-fought 0-0 draw with Northampton Town at Sixfields. The evergreen Jack Lester came closest to snatching the spoils for the Spireites, when he thumped the bar on the stroke of half-time before Lee Nicholls parried the 36-year-old's goal-bound volley.

Caretaker manager Tommy Wright has won all three home games during his tenure, but will be hoping for another clean sheet after his side edged Accrington Stanley 4-3 in their last encounter at the Proact Stadium.

The Gulls, meanwhile, have suffered a hangover from their play-off semi-final defeat to Cheltenham Town last season, having also won twice, lost once and drawn five. Calvin Zola's late strike earned Burton Albion a point at Plainmoor in their last outing, after Ling's side bounced back from defeat at Rotherham with a 1-0 win over struggling AFC Wimbledon courtesy of Rene Howe. 

Team News –


The Scotsman will be without both Marc Richards and Scott Boden through injury, but he is likely to welcome back Danny Whitaker who returned at Sixfields. Youngster Jacob Hazel scored in the reserves' midweek win over Oldham and is also in contention, while new loan signing Micah Evans could be in line to make his debut.

Goalkeeper Tommy Lee and left-back Nathan Smith both remain sidelined with long-term injuries.

Torquay United

Top goalscorer Rene Howe shook off a knee injury to give the Gulls the lead against Burton on Saturday, while Ian Morris also recovered from a groin setback to complete 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw with the Brewers. Damon Lathrope (knee) and Saul Halpin (ankle) also remain doubts for the long haul to Derbyshire.

Last Time Out –


Northampton Town 0-0 Chesterfield

Chesterfield (4-4-2) - O'Donnell; Forbes, Trotman, Hird (c), Ridehalgh; Darikwa, Atkinson (Allott 90+1), Togwell, Talbot; Lester (Whitaker 75), Westcarr.

Unused Subs - Clay, Hazel, Wafula, Randall, Wilson.

Torquay United

Torquay United 1-1 Burton Albion (Howe 12; Zole 89)

Torquay United (4-3-3) - Poke; Oastler, Downes, Saah, Nicholson; Mansell, Easton, Morris; Bodin (Thompson 72), Howe, Craig (Stevens 43).

Unused Subs - Rice, Jarvis, Macklin, Cruise, MacKenzie.

One to Watch -

Rene Howe

Jermaine Renee Howe signed a two-year deal at Plainmoor in July 2011 following his release from Peterborough United and has scored 17 goals in 47 appearances on the English Riviera. The 25-year-old began his career with Southern League Premier Division Bedford Town where he scored 31 times in 81 appearances, before he moved to Conference North outfit Kettering Town.

He impressed during his short stint at Nene Park, bagging 25 goals in just 40 games and alerting the attention of Keith Alexander at London Road. He struggled to impress during his time at the Posh though, netting just once against Brentford. Howe was sent out on loan to Rochdale, scoring a further nine goals in 20 before a season-loan loan at Morecambe saw him score 10 goals in 37 appearances.

Howe had further loan peels at Lincoln City, Gillingham, Rushden & Diamonds and Bristol Rovers before finally settling at Torquay last year.

Ticket Information -

Tickets can be purchased in person at the Proact Stadium  ticket office or over the phone on, 01246 488232.

Tickets ordered over the phone may be collected from the ticket office up till kick off on match day.

An online option to purchase tickets is now operational at here

A charge of 50 pence per ticket will be made for all credit card transactions. Debit cards will not incur a charge.

Concessions are issued to the over 65 's and juniors ages between 15 - 18 years.

Juvenile tickets are issued to children aged 14 years or under (Under 12's must be accompanied by an adult)

Children under 7 will be admitted at the reduced rate of £2 to the family areas of the ground only.

Proof of ID must be produced when asked for both when purchasing tickets and on entry to the ground. Failure to do so will result in the higher price being charged.

If an incorrect ticket is taken to the turnstile and ID cannot be provided then the stewards reserve the right to refuse admittance.

The ticket can then be taken to the ticket office where the ticket will be upgraded and the relevant match day price difference must be paid.

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