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Posted: Fri 14 Apr 2017
Author: Patrick Tinkler
Image by: Pinnacle

Will & Ruairi focused on making an impression

Two of the youngest members of Kevin Nicholson’s squad had something to celebrate last time out against Aldershot Town.

Will Hancox made his debut for the club last season in the FA Cup, but Saturday saw him make his league debut. It was a special moment for the midfielder.

“It was brilliant. It was everything I’ve ever wanted since I was young,” said Will.

“Torquay has been my home town since I was four. We were unlucky not to get the win against Aldershot and if you had offered us a point at the beginning we might have taken it. The way it panned out we wanted the three points. Hopefully there are more games coming for me.

With on ongoing battle to stay in the National League to fight, Hancox is aware that any player could be called upon to make an impact.

“Everyone has their part to play. We haven’t got the biggest squad but everyone needs to stay fit because we have a big push till the end of the season. Everyone is concentrated on Lincoln.”

Striker Ruairi Keating scored his second goal for the club against Aldershot since arriving in early February. The youngster (21) has made an impact since earning a starting berth against Wrexham and the confident forward looks like he’s ready to take on the challenge of keeping United in the National League.

“It was great,” said Keating, after finding the net for a second time.

“The ball dropped to me nicely from ‘Reidy’ [Jamie Reid] and I took my chance and put it away.

United have gathered some momentum heading into the big match against Lincoln today. Keating puts this down to team unity.

“It’s down to us pulling together as a team. We’re all in it together and we want the best for the club," said Ruairi.

“If we focus on us more importantly, Lincoln and Aldershot are big teams and they have players that can turn it on and have a moment of magic but it’s all about us. We need to focus on our job and if we do what we can do then we’ll be fine.

The Yellow Army have been racking up the miles following the team around the country. The support is certainly helping the players maintain their recent high levels.

“The supporters against were Aldershot were unbelievable, but I think ever since I got here the away support has been great especially considering the long distances they have to travel. At the end of the day that’s what it is all about. Lincoln will be another test but we know they’ll be behind us.”