The first team look to make it back-to-back wins on Saturday when we host Leyton Orient at Plainmoor (kick-off 3pm).
The O’s currently sit in 20th place in the Vanarama National League. They come into Saturday’s match at Plainmoor on a run of 13 games without a win and only sitting 3 points outside the relegation zone. They are also still without a manager after Steve Davis’ departure earlier this month, leaving interim head coach Ross Embleton in charge for Saturday. Orient come to Plainmoor after a 2-2 draw with Chester. Macauley Bonne and Jobi McAnuff scored for The O’s. This week they have been boosted by the loan signing of centre-back Bondz N’Gala from Dagenham, who is available to make his debut.
Former TUFC manager Martin Ling is Leyton Orient’s current director of football. “Yeah, we’ve always had a chat over the years,” said TUFC head coach Gary Owers of Ling. “I knew his assistant really well, Shaun Taylor, who I played with. Whenever I’ve bumped into him we’ve had a good chat about football.”
United come into this match with renewed confidence after Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Sutton. The first team squad will be without three players for Saturday’s match.
“I’ve got three players injured, [Jake] Gosling, [Josh] Gowling and [George] Dowling unavailable, and after that I’m alright,” added Owers. “Josh has nicked his knee I believe, so hopefully it’ll settle down quickly and we’ll have him available.”
The Yellow Army have been a source of constant support for the team, and the Gaffer since his arrival. He took time to speak about their dedication at his weekly press call on Thursday.
“The fans have been very supportive, they’ve been great at home. The people that have travelled have been exceptional. I must say the amount of miles that they put in, and the times that they must get home, early in the morning and late at night – I’ve got nothing but respect for our supporters. They’ve seen what we’re trying to do, obviously there comes a time where they’ll get fed up if we’re getting beat and not getting out the situation we’re in and that’s what we’re trying to do altogether.”
The Gaffer emphasized the need to stay focused, and to make the best of things when on top during games. United’s home form needs to turn after success on the road.
“In fairness, the last two halves of the last two home games, we’ve played really well. I’ve said we might not play any better than that at times this season and maybe we didn’t at Sutton the other night, but we still got the three points. So, I am aware of the home form and I’m aware we need to do better at home if we’re to get out this situation.”
Story by Jay Worden
Torquay United Vs Leyton Orient | 25/11/17 | Kick-Off 3pm
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