Tue 13
Torquay United
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League
First Team

Match preview

By Grace Scott

The Magpies will look to return to winning ways with an away trip to Plainmoor tonight.

They will be hoping to get back on track in the league, and face a side in a similar position as both are winless since the opening day.

RECENT FORM
Maidenhead made a positive start to the new campaign, with a four-point haul from the opening two games. A tight 1-0 win away at Edgeley Park on the opening day was followed up with a point in a 1-1 draw against Chesterfield.

The third match of the 2019-20 season saw a struggling Hartlepool side travel to York Road.

After a well contested first-half was goalless, the Pools opened the scoring only ten minutes into the second period.

Niko Muir pounced on a rebound to score the only goal of the game. After Josh Kelly squandered the host’s best chance to nick a point, the club recorded their first defeat of the new season.

THE OPPOSITION
The Gulls have made an average start to their first campaign back in the National League after promotion last season.

The club came first in the National League South in 2018-19, with 88 points. This tally was ten higher than anyone else in the division, ahead of second placed Woking.

Gary Johnson managed his side to an impressive 2-1 win at home to Boreham Wood on their return to the National League.
Two goals in as many minutes from Opi Edwards and Jamie Reid were enough to claim all three points. But, they could only earn one point from the next two games.
A 3-0 defeat at Solihull Moors was followed up with a high-scoring and entertaining 3-3 draw against Bromley.

The Gulls have certainly proved that they can score goals in this higher division in the opening weeks, so Maidenhead will have to remain strong defensively in this one.

LAST TIME OUT
As the two clubs were in different leagues in the 2018-19 season, they last met in the 2017-18 National League. The first meeting was in October, with the Gulls struggling at the foot of the table.

They were able to claim a strong 4-0 win though at home to the Magpies, their first victory that year. Josh McQuoid, Luke Young, Rhys Murphy and Jamie Reid were all on target in an incredible first half performance.

Torquay were also able to secure the double with a win in February 2018, as they won 2-1 at York Road. A stunning first-half strike from Aaron Barnes was chalked off through Ryan Upward in the second, but a late winner from Elliott Romain gave the Gulls all three points.

A strong double was ultimately not enough for Torquay though, as they were relegated from the National League in 22nd place.

Alan Devonshire will now be looking for revenge, and with both sides locked on four points, it will be an entertaining evening at Plainmoor.

Plainmoor

Plainmoor

Marnham Road
Torquay
Torbay
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Match details

Match date

Tue 13, Aug 2019

Kickoff

19:45

Attendance

2,946

Competition

Vanarama National League

League position

5
Maidenhead United
13
Torquay United