Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Division 2

Torquay United- Aldershot Town

Hosts appear to have gone off the boil and are without a win in four league starts, however, I am not quite prepared to give up on them yet and still believe that they will have a major say in the playoff race. I have just spoken to someone who watched their recent game at Stevenage and he felt they had much the better of that 0-0 draw, was very impressed by their movement off the ball and only the woodwork, which United hit three times, saved Borough from a comprehensive defeat. I then watched extended highlights of their 3-1 home defeat to Macclesfield at the weekend, their first loss here in over six months. They admit to being a little below par in that one, but still had a goal disallowed, again hit the woodwork and missed a number of other clear chances with the game still in the balance, before conceding twice in as many minutes late on, when pressing for a winner. I do not think there is too much wrong at Plainmoor that a confidence boosting win won't put right. They are ultra keen to get that tonight with their next three starts all on the road. I know home boss Paul Buckle a little from his time at Brentford, he is a very honest hard working coach and you can take what he says as gospel, in the local press today he stated that monday's training went incredibly well and with a few more options available to him this evening, I think a switch back to 4-4-2 which served them so well early on is on the cards.

Aldershot are turning into draw specialists, with five stalemates in six league outings, another is obviously a possiblity tonight, so I am pleased to get United giving up a quarter ball, but I expect the home side to strip much fresher and the draw appears to be the maximun downside. Shots played at Stockport in the North West on saturday and now go as far West as is possible just three days later, therefore in the 72 hours since they left the suburbs of Manchester, they will have spent approx 20% of the time stuck on a bus, that is a major disadvantage, as Torquay have been at home and able to prepare and train as normal in the interim. United had much the better of the two h2h games last season, on top in both and collecting four points,the last of which was in April when Aldershot were battling for a post season spot.

Torquay United -0.25 ball

Good Luck.

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