Match preview: Torquay United (a)

The Spireites travel to Plainmoor to face Torquay United today in search of a fourth successive victory in all competitions. 

Paul Cook’s side will also go seven games unbeaten if they avoid defeat. 

Match details 

Date: Saturday, November 12, 2022 

Opponents: Torquay United 

Kick-off: 3pm 

Competition: National League 

Location: Plainmoor 


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Matchday Coverage 

Live radio commentary 

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Commentary is provided by Phil Tooley and is sponsored by National Windscreens. 

Social media 

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The post-match interview with a member of the management team 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 on Sunday. 

The Opposition 

Fact file 

Name: Torquay United Football Club 

Nicknames: The Gulls 

Founded: 1899 

Stadium: Plainmoor 

Capacity: 6,200 

Manager: Gary Johnson 

On Torquay United 

Torquay United Football Club were formed in 1899 by a bunch of school- leavers before playing their inaugural match against Upton Cricket Club XI. 

1927 brought election to the Football League for the first time in the club’s history in which they stayed for 80 years. 

It didn’t take long for the Gulls to return to the promised land – beating Cambridge United 2-0 at Wembley in the Conference play-off final. 

Another relegation followed in 2014 and once more in 2019, which saw Torquay drop into the National League South. 

One season is all it took for Gary Johnson’s side to reclaim their place in the fifth tier of English football. 

A promotion looked on the cards in 2021 but they had to settle for the play-offs. Goalkeeper Lucas Covolan scored in the play-off final defeat to Hartlepool United. 

One to watch 

Torquay United have lost a few of their key players over the summer, however, Asa Hall has been one of the club’s most important players over the past few years. Before joining the Gulls in 2018, he gained vital Football League and National League experience. The midfielder joined the club whilst they were still in the National League North, and he enjoyed a wildly successful season as Gary Johnson’s side won promotion at the first attempt. His 2019/20 season was mostly hampered by injury before COVID-19 curtailed the campaign. Hall experienced his best year in a yellow shirt the season after as Torquay challenged for the title – he scored 15 goals in 44 games before they were defeated in the play-off final by Hartlepool. The Gulls’ 2021/22 season was more of a transition campaign with the 35-year-old still providing six goals in 30 league games. So far this campaign, Hall has still provided a threat for the Devon side with three goals in 13 games. 

Recent Form 

The Spireites’ last three: (W/W/W) 

Won – Chesterfield 2-1 Boreham Wood – Vanarama National League 

Won – Chesterfield 2-1 Gateshead – Vanarama National League 

Won – Chesterfield 2-0 Northampton Town – FA Cup First Round 

Wealdstone’s last three: (W/D/D) 

Won – Torquay United 6-1 Aldershot Town – Vanarama National League 

Drew – Torquay United 2-2 Derby County – FA Cup First Round 

Drew – Torquay United 3-3 Dorking Wanderers – Vanarama National League 

Last Time We Met 

With the 2021/22 National League season rapidly coming to an end, the Spireites travelled down to Plainmoor in hopes of securing a play-off place. Unfortunately, Paul Cook’s side would have to wait until the final day of the campaign to claim that right as second half goals from Stephen Duke-McKenna and Armani Little gave Torquay a 2-0 win. 

Team News 

Laurence Maguire was missing from the matchday squad against Northampton Town due to him carrying a knock.

Danny Webb said in the pre-match press conference that Akwasi Asante, Ollie Banks and Lucas Covolan are all still ‘a few weeks’ away due to their respective injuries. 

Danny Webb’s Thoughts 

Webb said:  “They can come back. They showed that against Derby and again the other night. They don’t give up. 

“They are a physically strong team. I think it will be completely different from the end of last season. I think we’ll be a lot better than we were.”