Match preview: Torquay United (h)

The Spireites will be looking to go eight unbeaten today, when they take on Torquay United at the Technique Stadium. The game, which is being shown live on BT Sport, kicks off at 5.20pm.

Here’s all you need to know…

Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021

Kick-off: 5:20pm

Competition: National League

Opponents: Torquay United

Where: Technique Stadium


Purchase your tickets online here:

A Covid Secure Area is also available for this fixture. If you are purchasing a ticket in this area, you will be placed in a socially distanced seat, face masks will be compulsory (unless exempt) and there will be a one-way system throughout the area. If you would like to purchase a ticket in this area, please book your seats in block 1 or 2 in the Karen Child Community (East) Stand.

Tickets will be available online and in person right up until kick-off from the Club Superstore and the ticket windows. They can also be purchased over the phone – 01246269300.

Away tickets can be purchased here: (BLOCK N3)

Live radio commentary

Our brand-new radio station, 1866 Sport, will provide commentary on 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 James Rowe 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. 

Laurence Maguire and Danny Rowe are both available for selection after injury and illness respectively.

Gaving Gunning went off with a broken nose last Saturday, so a decision on his fitness will be made in the run up to the game.

There is a doubt over Manny Oyeleke, who picked up a knock in the game at Yeovil.

Fact file

Name: Torquay United FC

Nicknames: The Gulls 

Founded: 1899

Stadium: Plainmoor Stadium 

Capacity: 6,200

Manager: Gary Johnson

On Torquay

Torquay United had a long history of playing in the 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. Their goalkeeper scored an equaliser in the last minute of normal time, but they subsequently lost on penalties.

This season Torquay will be hoping they can go one better than last year, and finally regain their Football League status.

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 he was then loaned out to Bath City, before making the move down to Torquay. He has scored ten goals in 42 appearances for the Gulls. 

The Spireites’ last three: (D/W/W)

Drew – Dover Athletic 0-0 Chesterfield – National League

Won- Chesterfield 4-2 Barnet – National League 

Won – Yeovil 0-2 Chesterfield – National League 

The Gulls’ last three: (L/L/W)

Lost – Torquay 1-3 Grimsby – National League

Lost – Solihull 2-1 Torquay – National League

Won – Torquay 1-0 Southend – National League

Torquay were victorious at the Technique Stadium last time out, winning 2-0. Goals from Billy Waters and Connor Lemonheigh-Evans sealed victory for the Gulls. 

The Spireites have faced the Gulls 43 times, winning 18, drawing 13 and losing 12.