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Match Preview: Torquay United

13 September 2019

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The Spireites host Torquay United on Saturday in their next National League fixture, kick-off 3pm. Here is our big match preview for the game….

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Team News:

John Sheridan revealed during Friday’s pre-match press conference that Tom Denton will be available for selection for the first time this season after recovering from injury.

Opposition

Manager: Gary Johnson

Johnson signed a new contract with the club this summer after leading the Gulls to the National League South title last season.

He began his career in management back in 1986 at Newmarket Town before taking up a role at Cambridge United as reserve team manager two years later. Johnson then stepped up to become their assistant manager before taking the hot seat from 1993 to 1995.

Kettering Town was his next port of call before heading to Watford to become the director of the youth academy.

However, Johnson was back in management soon after as he took over as manager of the Latvian national side before returning to England, taking the reins at Yeovil Town in 2001.

During his first season at Huish Park, his side were crowned FA Trophy champions after defeating Stevenage 2-0 before taking the club up to the EFL the following year. The Glovers then won League Two in just their second year back.

Bristol City was his next destination in 2005 and during his time there, he guided them to League One promotion before nearly securing back to back promotions the following year but were beaten in the Championship play-off final by Hull City.

After five years with the Robins, Johnson then had stints at Peterborough and Northampton respectively before returning to Yeovil in 2012. The 63-year-old had another successful spell with the Glovers after claiming promotion to the Championship for the first time in the club’s history.

Johnson was then manager of Cheltenham from 2015 to 2018. He was in charge of a Robins side who were the first team that were relegated from the Football League to win the National League title at the first attempt since 1989.

Torquay are currently in eighth position in the National League.

One to Watch: Jamie Reid

Torquay United’s top scorer came through the youth ranks at Cheltenham Town before having loan spells at the likes of Dorchester Town, Truro City and his current club Torquay.

The striker made over 20 appearances for Cheltenham but after his third loan stint with the Gulls, he signed a permanent deal with the club in 2017.

He scored 27 goals in the league last season and has already notched seven this campaign.

Head to Head:

The two sides have faced each other on 41 occasions with the Spireites winning 18, drawing 13 and losing 10 of those matches.

The last time the Spireites played the Gulls was back in February 2014 in a 3-1 win at the Proact. Goals that day coming from Eoin Doyle and a brace from Jay O’Shea.

From the Dugout:

John Sheridan: “They’re one of the bigger clubs in the league and they have got off to a decent start.

“We’ve got to be positive and believe that the first win is just around the corner.”

 

If you are not able to make it down to the game, we will make sure you are as close to the action as possible by…

-Providing full-match commentary on Spireites Digital

-Posting regular coverage on the club’s official Twitter account

-Uploading images during the afternoon on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

-Providing reaction from the game on the official website


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