After United’s 2-0 win over Hemel Hempstead 7 days ago, they look to make it back-to-back wins against Chippenham Town at Plainmoor on Saturday (3pm KO).
“It was nice to get the win at home,” said Gary at his weekly press call .”It was nice to keep another clean sheet. We’ve won three out of four at home and kept a clean sheet in the three games that we have won. We’ve drawn three out of four away and done the same, really.
“In all of what’s going on our defensive record must be as good as anyone’s anywhere in the land, I would say. Eight games played, six clean sheets. We know where we have to improve but fair play to the lads at the back, and not just the lads at the back, fair play to the lads for the way they have approached the defensive side of the game.”
“The first half wasn’t good. But the second half, I seen for the first time a game that I’d expect to see playing at home. Getting the ball forward, getting the ball wide. Getting crosses in, having shots. We had four of five corners in a short period of time and it was much more like it. The crowd got involved – it was a big relief when that second goal went in, and I’m hoping for more of the same.
“It would be nice if we could score an early goal and maybe settle everyone down – calm a few nerves. I keep saying, teams aren’t coming here to make it easy for us. They’re coming here to make it very hard for us, Saturday will be no different. The onus is on us to try and get that first goal and build from that.”
Chippenham are well known to the Gaffer because of his time as Bath City manager.
“They’ve got two or three players that I had at Bath. Good, powerful player in Nick McCootie, who I always liked to have in my team. Jack Compton, whose father has a good connection with the Club, and again, a very talented player.
“Two good games coming up that I think we can have a good go, Saturday first, and it would be nice to build a little bit of momentum.”
United still have players out of contention for the near to mid-term. Jean-Yves Koue Niate has returned home to France for a break while the fracture in his leg heals. Jakub Sokolik is progressing from his medial ligament injury but it is still early days. Samir Nabi and Ryan Dickson are unlikely to play a part in Saturday’s game.
Chippenham will have former United player Yan Klukowski in their squad for Saturday’s match. Chippenham Town are currently in 12th place in the National League South. They are yet to draw in the league this season with four wins and four defeats so far. Striker Andy Sandell is nearing a loan move away in order to regain match fitness whilst the Bluebirds welcome goalkeeper Cameron Gregory on loan from Shrewsbury Town.
Torquay United Vs Chippenham Town | 08/09/18 | 3pm Kick-Off
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