Match preview: Torquay United (h)

The Spireites can take a big step towards securing third place with a victory over Torquay United this evening at the Technique Stadium.

Chesterfield have only lost once in ten games whilst Torquay are on a five-game winning streak.

Here’s all you need to know…

Match details

Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Opponents: Torquay United

Kick-off: 7:45pm

Competition: Vanarama National League

Location: Technique Stadium



Matchday Coverage

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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

In what has been a tough season for Torquay United, Aaron Jarvis has singled himself out as the club’s standout player. He started his career out at Basingstoke United, scoring 14 goals in his first season as a senior player. After stints at Luton Town, Boreham Wood, Sutton United and Scunthorpe United, Jarvis made the move to the English Riviera in 2022. Despite the fact that Torquay sit in the relegation zone, the 25-year-old has bagged15 goals and two hat-trick this campaign – the most recent hat-trick coming in the 3-2 victory over York City.

Recent Form

The Spireites’ last three: (L/W/W)

Lost – Chesterfield 1-3 York City – Vanarama National League

Won – Dagenham & Redbridge 0-1 Chesterfield – Vanarama National League

Won – Chesterfield 3-2 Eastleigh – Vanarama National League

Torquay’s last three: (W/W/W)

Won – Torquay United 2-0 Eastleigh – Vanarama National League

Won – Maidenhead United 1-3 Torquay United – Vanarama National League

Won – Torquay United 3-2 York City – Vanarama National League

Last Time We Met

The Spireites travelled to Plainmoor in November with a point to prove. Jamie Grimes’ early goal was cancelled out by Dillon De Silva. However, Paul Cook’s side turned up the heat in the second half. Darren Oldaker, Bailey Clements, Jesurun Uchegbulam and Kabongo Tshimanga all scored as Chesterfield made their way back to north Derbyshire with a 5-1 win.

Team News

Ryheem Sheckleford will both miss the game due to his ongoing hamstring issue.

Eyes will be looking at Armando Dobra, who could find his way back to the bench after his hamstring injury.

From the dugout

Danny Webb said: “We expect a team in form with a lot of confidence. They’ve got one of the best strikers in the league in Aaron Jarvis.

“They’ve got two centre-forwards up front that will certainly put themselves about.We will have to be ready for that challenge and fight.”