Saturday represents another chance for United to get back into the race for survival in the National League.
With games coming thick and fast until the end of the season, United need to continue the moment they have found in recent games, but turn draws into wins.
Since United faced Solihull Moors last Saturday they have picked up three points against Bromley and fellow relegation rivals Hartlepool have beaten Barrow. United currently sit in 21st place in the National League table, level on points with Chester FC in 22nd place. In this weekend’s list of fixtures FC Halifax Town host Solihull Moors, Woking visit Leyton Orient, Chester visit Sutton United, and then on Tuesday night Hartlepool United take on Bromley.
TUFC head coach Gary Owers isn’t interested in what other teams do on Saturday before kick-off, that can wait until after the final whistle. The team must be fully focused on the task in hand.
“That’s not our business,” said Owers when asked about the fixture list. “Off the back of two good performances, and if you take out the context of the situation, if we’d gone away any other week and got four points out of six away from home, it would have been a good return.
“Everyone can see where we are in the league and what we have got to do. The only thing you can do is try and win on Saturday. That’s the only thing that occupies my thoughts, because, it’s the next game. I’ve looked at the fixtures, the fixtures are alright for us as they come out but that doesn’t mean anything because it is how we turn up at every game.
“We’re going to try and win the game on Saturday. Then, at the end of the game, we can assess how the other results have come out.”
At this point in the season who will go up and down will soon be clarified. It simplifies the situation for everyone involved. The Gaffer is happy with the level of performance in recent games.
“I’m alright with the lads at the minute. I’ve brought some new lads in and settled them in. The last two performances, I couldn’t really get much more out of them I don’t think.”
“The message is pretty clear: the team that are bottom of the league are coming here on Saturday and we have to be good enough to beat them. If we win that game then we can look at the next game.”
You can read more about our opponents here.
Rhys Healey will be looking to add more minutes in a United shirt after his debut from the bench in last Saturday’s 1-1 draw against the Moors. You can read more about him here.
Josh Gowling returned to non-contact training on Thursday and then progressed into full training on Friday. Jakub Sokolik may not make the match day squad due to a calf injury. A few players have missed parts of training in the week but Gary Owers is expected to have a near-fully fit squad to pick from.
Let’s make it loud, Yellow Army!
Torquay United Vs Guiseley AFC | 24/03/18 | 3pm Kick-Off
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