Match preview: Torquay United (a)

The Spireites travel away for the first time this season to face Torquay United at Plainmoor this evening (7.45pm).

How to watch:

A reminder that this game is behind-closed-doors – please do not attempt to access the stadium or the car park.

The game is available to stream on Torquay United’s website at a cost of £9. To access the stream, please follow the instructions here.


Manager: Gary Johnson

Fact File: Age – 65

Years spent as footballer – N/A

Position – N/A

Teams played for – N/A

Years spent in management – 34 years

Teams managed – Newmarket Town (1986-1988), Cambridge United (1992-1995), Kettering Town (1995-2007), Latvia (199-2001), Yeovil Town (2001-2005), Bristol City (2005-2010), Peterborough United (2010-2011), Northampton Town (2011), Yeovil Town (2012-2015), Cheltenham Town (2015-2018) and Torquay United (2018-Present).

Record against Chesterfield as manager – P12     W4     D2     L6

One to Watch: Danny Wright

Age: 36

Position: Forward

What other clubs has he played for? Histon (2007-2010), Cambridge United (2010-2011), Wrexham (2011-2013), Forest Green Rovers (2013-2014), Gateshead (2014-2015), Kidderminster Harriers (2015), Cheltenham Town (2015-2018) and Solihull Moors (2018-2020).

Last Season’s Stats in All Competitions:

Games Played: 33

Goals: Five

Assists: Two

Yellow Cards: Yellow

Red Cards: None

Minutes Played: 1,789

Head to Head

Chesterfield and Torquay United have faced each other a total of 43 times with the Spireites claiming 20 wins and the Yellows winning ten times.

The Blues have won four of the last five fixtures between the two sides, securing a league double last season with a 1-0 home win and a 3-0 away victory.

Form Guide

The Spireites have a win and a loss in the first two league games. They beat Woking 4-0 at the Technique Stadium on Saturday.

Torquay have six points out of nine, with their only loss coming against Eastleigh. The Gulls came from behind to beat Bromley 2-1 at the weekend.

Team News

John Pemberton told the media in the pre-match press conference that Josef Yarney missed the Woking match through injury. He added that he might also miss the match against Torquay.

Nathan Tyson trained on Monday, following the injury that he picked up in pre-season. Pemberton said that the striker is “getting there”.

From the dugout:

John Pemberton: “No game in this league is easy. I can’t remember any game that has ever been easy, if I’m honest, they have all been tough.

“There’s not much between each team. Saturday is in the past now, we must move forward and keep pushing on.”