This weekend was to be the first of two quick-fire trips to Plainmoor, however since Truro City have returned home, it will now be the first of…one. The challenge for the Hoops can’t really get much tougher with a small matter of a matchup against the National League South’s pace setters in Torquay United.
In fact, should City prevent the hosts from winning Saturday’s match, and Woking beat Wealdstone at home, it would see the Hoops face the league leaders two weekends in succession.
The task has been made even harder following the departure of young defender Udoka Godwin-Malife who has stepped up into the Football League with Forest Green Rovers, a move that the youngster fully deserves! Thankfully however, Ryan Case’s red card from last weekend has been overturned, meaning he is available for this weekend’s match, re-bolstering a defence which briefly looked a bit thin.
Had this match been played around Christmas, it would have been a fascinating match with the two form sides in the division going toe to toe. The Hoops had won five consecutive matches on 22nd December, while Torquay had just notched their sixth consecutive victory in the league.
Since then though, the Hoops’ form has dropped off a little with three of the last five matches ending in defeat, and Torquay’s ten match winning run was ended last weekend by defeat at Bath. Both teams will be looking to react from these set-backs this weekend, so spectators can expect value for money for this one!
City’s latest defeat came last weekend with a controversial 1-0 reverse at home to Gloucester City. The only goal of the match came from the spot after Ryan Case was wrongly adjudged to have handled on the line, receiving a red card for his troubles. Joe Hanks made no mistake from the spot as he rifled down the middle.
It was the end of a ten match winning streak for Torquay United last weekend as they cameoff the wrong end of a thrilling 3-2 defeat in front of 3,492. After going 1-0 down after 9 minutes, they turned it around with goals from Asa Hall and Jamie Reid to lead 2-1 after 65 minutes. However goals from Anthony Straker and Ryan Brunt saw Bath City turn it around once again to take the full points.
It was Oxford City that took the points in the early season meeting between the two sides at Marsh Lane. Rob Sinclair scored the only goal of the match midway through the first half, beating the offside trap to slide the ball home. City’s defence was bombarded throughout the second half, however was able to remain strong in order to see out the victory.
While Mark Jones was boosted by Case’s overturned red card, he was dealt another blow with Eddie Jones still suffering with an injury picked up from last weekend’s match. Jones and Godwin-Malife aside, the City boss has the same squad to pick from for tomorrow’s match.
The Hoops return to Marsh Lane a week on Saturday as they welcome another promotion chasing side in Woking to Oxfordshire for a 3pm kick-off.