Match preview: Torquay United (a)

Match preview: Torquay United (a)

The Spireites face a 400+ mile round trip on Saturday, as they head down to Torquay United, looking to pick up all three points and secure their play-off place. Paul Cook will be looking to field his strongest side, while the lads will have been training hard over the last few days to cement their places in the starting XI. This is the penultimate game of the league campaign, and it’s still all the play for. 

Here’s all you need to know…

Date: Saturday, May 7, 2022

Kick-off: 12:30pm

Competition: National League

Opponents: Torquay United 

Where: Plainmoor Stadium


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Live radio commentary

Our in-house radio station, 1866 Sport, will provide commentary of all our National League games over the 2021/22 season. Supporters will be able to listen to full match commentary on the game, as well as pre-match/post-match analysis.  

Don’t forget that 1866 Sport is on air 24-hours a day, seven days a week! 

You can download the app from the Apple Store here:

If you’re an Android user, you can download the app here:

Alternatively, you can listen online here:          

It is also available via Alexa.

Commentary is provided by Phil Tooley. It is sponsored by iDeal Flooring – check out their website here:

Social media

Our official Twitter page ( will provide regular updates on the match. It is also the place to find our exclusive goal GIFs, which are used when a player scores a goal. 

Key news will also be posted on our Facebook page, which can be found here:

Our official Instagram page will keep you posted with key moments and content throughout the day on our stories:

The post-match interview with manager Paul Cook will be posted to our YouTube Channel soon after the game is finished:

Highlights of the game will also be posted to our YouTube Channel. 

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It’s sure to be an interesting selection for Paul Cook on Saturday, as some players will be knocking on the door for a start after two defeats on the bounce. 

Danny Rowe could be set to make his first start since returning to action. The striker featured on the bench last time out and could be pushing for his starting place. While fellow strikers Tom Denton and Akwasi Asante will also be hoping they have done enough in training to be in the starting XI.

Gaving Gunning and Manny Oyeleke both managed to play the full 90 minutes last time out and they will be hoping that they are both deemed fit enough to start against Torquay. 

Meanwhile, Nathan Tyson, Joe Rowley and Jak McCourt will be hoping they have impressed the gaffer in training over the past few days to earn their place in the squad.

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Fact file

Name: Torquay United FC

Nicknames: The Gulls 

Founded: 1899

Stadium: Plainmoor Stadium 

Address: Plainmoor, Torquay, TQ13PS, England 

Capacity: 6,200

Manager: Gary Johnson

On Torquay

Torquay United have a long history of playing in the English Football League before they were relegated to the National League in 2014. They spent four years in the National League before being relegated to the National League South in 2018. They bounced back immediately after they were crowned champions of the National League South in their first season.

Last season they reached the National League play-off final to battle it out with Hartlepool for promotion back to the Football League, where their goalkeeper scored an equaliser in the last minute of normal time before they lost on penalties.

This season Torquay currently sit in tenth place and they will be looking to finish the season strongly as they prepare to build for the next campaign.

One to watch

Connor Lemonheigh-Evans is a midfielder with an eye for goal. The Welsh 24-year-old spent time at Bristol City as a youngster and was then loaned out to Bath City, before making the move down to Torquay for an undisclosed fee. He has scored 15 goals in 62 appearances since joining the club. 


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The Spireites’ last three: (W/L/L)

Won – Chesterfield 3-2 Dover – National League

Lost – Bromley 4-2 Chesterfield – National League 

Lost – Chesterfield 0-1 Stockport – National League

The Gulls’ last three: (L/D/D)

Lost – Grimsby 2-1 Torquay – National League

Drew – Torquay 1-1 Maidenhead – National League

Drew – Dagenham 0-0 Torquay – National League  

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The Spireites drew 2-2 with Torquay at the Technique Stadium back in September 2021.