After seven successive away fixtures, Moors are back home on Tuesday night where they face league leaders Torquay United (23rd February 2021).
Kick Off: 7pm.
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After picking up a point on the road in their last game against Weymouth, Moors find themselves 14th in the Vanarama National League.
A win on Tuesday night could shoot the Moors closer to the play-off places.
Moors' opponents Torquay have had a strong first half of the season, finding themselves top of the Vanarama National League.
Gary Johnson’s men have won 13 of their 23 games so far this season, only losing five.
However, they did lose last time out at home to Halifax Town when a late Jeff King goal secured all three points for the away side.
In the Opposite Dugout – Gary Johnson
After spending his apprentice days at Watford, Johnson left Vicarage Road once he turned 18 to pursue a professional career playing for Malmö FF in Sweden.
However, Johnson’s time in Sweden was short lived. After playing for a handful of English non-league clubs, he switched to coaching, taking his first managerial role at Newmarket Town in 1986.
Jobs at Cambridge United and Kettering Town followed, with Johnson subsequently leaving Kettering to become director of Watford’s youth academy, upon the request of former England manager Graham Taylor.
His work at Watford would gain the attention of the Latvian FA, and Johnson would become their national team manager between 1999 to 2001.
In 2001, Johnson returned to England to manage non-league side Yeovil Town. In his second season with the club, he guided them to the Conference title. Winning by a record margin of 17 points and gaining promotion to the Football League.
After four years at Yeovil, Johnson joined Bristol City. He took the Robins to the Championship play-off final in 2008, but his side lost 1-0 to Hull City at Wembley.
Johnson left Bristol City by mutual consent in 2010. His next big move saw him return to Yeovil Town and he would help them to Championship promotion for the first time in their history in 2013.
In March 2015 Johnson joined Cheltenham Town where he suffered relegation down to the Football League. However, the next season he guided The Robins to win the National League title. This made Johnson only the second manager to win multiple National League trophies.
In August 2018, Johnson ‘parted company’ with Cheltenham Town and would join Torquay United in September 2018. After winning the National League South title that season by ten points, he signed a new contract with The Gulls in July 2019.
One To Watch - Asa Hall
Midfielder Asa Hall became the first United captain in over 90 years to lift a championship trophy, following the 2018/19 National League South title success. Hall brings a wealth of experience to the squad having made over 300 first team appearances turning out for teams such as Luton Town, Oxford United, Shrewsbury Town and Cheltenham Town.
He was part of Gary Johnson’s squad that earned the Robins a return to the Football League in 2016, prior to being reunited with his former manager. Asa’s calming presence, not to mention important goals, helped steer United towards the National League South summit, and he was recognised for his influential performances by being named in the 2018/19 National League South ‘Team of the Season’. He has eight goals to his name in all competitions this season, and netted a brace in Saturday's 3-2 defeat to Halifax.
An honourable mention to former Moors striker Danny Wright, now at Torquay. The experienced striker has had a strong start to the campaign scoring eight league goals already, making him Torquay’s top scorer this season. However, Wright is currently recovering from injury and may not get the Moors return he was hoping for.
Last Time Out
The last contested game between the two sides happened way back on 6 August 2019 where Moors would come away 3-0 winners.
1,613 were in attendance as they watched the Moors wrap the game up by half-time that day. It was two goals in the first nine minutes which blew away Torquay.
A powerful Jamey Osborne drive was followed by a Terry Hawkridge penalty, as Jamie Reckord was brought down in the box.
Osborne added his second just before half time with a sweetly struck volley. Ryan Boot saved Armani Little’s penalty six minutes from time to maintain a clean sheet and all three points.
How to Follow the Game
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