Torquay United hope to build on Saturday’s win as Solihull Moors visit Plainmoor

Torquay United host Solihull Moors this evening hoping to build on their 1-0 win against King’s Lynn Town which went some way to settling some nerves at Plainmoor on Saturday.

Scott Boden’s goal might have been slightly lucky – but the team worked hard for the win and tonight they will hope to make it a second win on the trot for the first time since Christmas.

While Torquay may have dropped to third in the race for promotion to the Football League, they are still very much one of the teams in the mix and with 15 games to go there is still plenty of time to catch up with National League leaders Sutton United, who dropped two points at the weekend.

Johnson has had an injury crisis to contend with and doesn’t expect many of those players still out to come back just yet – but he wouldn’t tell us if they were due for a return anyway. He isn’t going to give opposition managers such easy tips.

“There are no easy games at this level – there isn’t,” said Johnson. “When you are in form you can win games and when you are off form you can lose games. And that’s how it is.”

Unless there are any players back from injury, don’t expect any changes from the team that beat King’s Lynn. Boden should keep his place up front after a good game with support from Armani Little who looks to be getting back to his best.

Torquay's on-loan Argyle left-back Ryan Lowe makes a challenge on Kings Lynn Town's Jordan Richards during the National League game at Plainmoor on Saturday, March 20, 2021 - Photo: Dave Crawford/PPAUK
Torquay’s on-loan Argyle left-back Ryan Lowe makes a challenge on Kings Lynn Town’s Jordan Richards during the National League game at Plainmoor on Saturday, March 20, 2021 – Photo: Dave Crawford/PPAUK
(Image: Dave Crawford/PPAUK)

Ryan Law, the 21-year-old left back on loan from Plymouth Argyle, also had a good game against King’s Lynn so expect him to keep his place in a back four with Ben Wynter at right back and Sam Sherring and Joe Lewis in the middle.

Law, the son of former Torquay striker-turned-physio Gareth, is from Kingsteignton and was on loan at Truro City in the Southern League last season. He looked confident once he got into the game and linked up well with left winger Jake Andrews.

“He did very well,” said Johnson. “I had a chat with him before the game and I had another chat with him today because it is very difficult when you have been at a club like Plymouth and not playing.

“I know he has played for Truro but with all due respect this is a different league, he played for Chippenham Town and that is a different league. But he rose to the occasion really well.

“Him and Jake on the left-hand side looked like they knew what each other were doing and we worked on that as a pairing and it came up trumps. Certainly, Ryan looked a good footballer, he looked strong at times which was great.”

Solihull are not on a good run – they have lost their last three games and haven’t scored a goal since their 1-1 home draw with Maidenhead United on March 5.

But they have an experienced manager in Mark Yates and he is expecting the team to bounce back – starting at Plainmoor.

Yates told the Solihull Observer: “Tuesday is the most important thing for us now, we want to make sure that we go down to Torquay and put the wrongs from the last couple of the games into both a performance and a result.

“We are so close to turning the tide, we could have had six points but we’ve got none – that’s how ruthless it is [the league].

“They can’t feel sorry for themselves, there’s been two decent performances where we’ve been competitive, played in good areas, created a few chances, but we’ve got to be ruthless at both ends of the pitch.”

Ben Wynter of Torquay United during the National League match between Torquay United and KingÕs Lynn Town at Plainmoor Torquay, Devon on Saturday 20th March 2021 - PHOTO: Dave Crawford/PPAUK
Ben Wynter of Torquay United during the National League match between Torquay United and KingÕs Lynn Town at Plainmoor Torquay, Devon on Saturday 20th March 2021 – PHOTO: Dave Crawford/PPAUK
(Image: Dave Crawford/PPAUK)

Solihull have their own injury problems – Nathan Cameron is due to have a scan on a hamstring injury and midfielder Stephen Gleeson is also out. Both Jamey Osborne and Callum Howe are also expected to miss the game.

One Solihull player who knows Plainmoor well is 34-year-old Jamie Ward, the former Northern Ireland striker played 25 games and scored nine goals for the Gulls back in 2006 and 2007 before moving to Chesterfield and going on to play for the likes of Derby County and Nottingham Forest.

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