MATCH PREVIEW: Torquay United
Updated Friday, 21st August 2009
Barnet Mad previews tomorrow's game at PlainmoorBarnet travel to Plainmoor tomorrow to play Torquay United. The two clubs have not met since the 2006/07 season which ended with the Gulls getting relegated to the Blue Square Premier. The last time the two clubs met, Nicky Nicolau scored in a 1-1 draw at Plainmoor, Torquay having won on the opening day of the season 1-0 at Underhill.
Last season, Torquay won promotion back to League Two via the Blue Square Premier play-offs having been out of the league for two years. The Gulls have made a good start to the campaign and currently lie in 6th place with two wins from the first three matches having beaten
Manager, Paul Buckle has largely kept faith the players who took the Gulls back into the football league and his two major signings have been two Peterborough United players, the central defender, Keiron Charnock and striker, Scott Rendell who helped Cambridge United to the Blue Square Premier play-offs while on loan there. Rendell has already scored twice this season for the Gulls. He is on loan from the Championship club.
Buckle has also signed goalkeeper, Scott Bevan from
Barnet have a few injury doubts for the trip to Plainmoor. Central defenders, Gary Breen and Daniel Leach are both doubts. Breen has not played since being injured in the pre-season match at Ebbsfleet while Leach got a knock in the midweek win at home to Morecambe. Joe Devera who seems to have lost his place at right back to Ryan O'Neill is on stand by to partner Ismail Yakubu at centre back, a pairing that has worked well in the past. Clovis Kamdjo is also in contention for a place and would be making his debut if he was chosen.
Ahmed Deen who came on as a substitute on Tuesday for the injured Kenny Gillet stands by to make his full debut if Gillet fails to recover from injury in time. There will be a decision on Mark Hughes, who missed the match against Morecambe with an injured shoulder, on the morning of the match. Lat season's leading scorer, John O'Flynn travels with the side having been back in training this week but it is likely that it will be too early for him to return to the side.
For Torquay, Wayne Carlisle faces a late test on a hamstring injury and Elliott Benyon is expected to start up front with Scott Rendell with Tim Sills on the bench.
Barnet will have gained a lot of encouragement from their midweek win over Morecambe, but with a number of injury problems affecting the back four, the Bees will do very well to keep a clean sheet. It will be vital this season for the Bees to improve on their away record if they are to stay in the top half of the table or even make a bid for the play-offs, but with Torquay in good form and in their 'honeymoon' period, I think manager, Ian Hendon may well be happy with a point from tomorrow's game and, having predicted the correct outcomes for the last three matches, I am going to predict a draw, possibly 1-1.
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