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Torquay - Gulls and Glory

Started on 28 January 2020 by Aaron
Latest Reply on 1 March 2020 by Justice
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Some absolutely fantastic additions to the squad for the upcoming season. The return of Lewis is much-welcomed and Callum Gribbin is truly remarkable. You certainly have the ability to improve on last season's effort, in which was rather impressive in truth. Retaining the services of Reid and Little especially are just as important as those new signings you've made. Morecambe and Macclesfield are two sides that are, arguably, National League standard clubs and therefore could easily present the opportunity for promotion more so than usual.
Tidy preseason for the promotion favourites, time to get competitive!

Monthly Review - August

An unbelievable start to the campaign! Four wins from five. No where even close to the poor form we began last season with. Eagled eyed viewers amongst you will also notice how we absolute battered Morecambe 5-0! That's five goals to zero, against the favourites to win the title. I couldn't be happier.

This team is capable of great things and clearly they know it too, we put in some fine performances. Although scorelines may not show it but we dominated pretty much every single game both for possession and shots which is customary for the style of football I'm trying to instil at this club.

Obviously ending on a bad note, 4-2 against Boreham Wood. How? I've no idea. We were showing great character in attack to get back into the game and we should've scored much more, we missed a penalty for Christ sake. They scored, we replied, they scored again, we reply once more. Unfortunately we were way way WAY too leaky and the back and quite frankly some of the performances from players involved on the defensive side of things were particularly awful as the scoreline shows.

Unbelievably, James Reid missed what look like the easiest 1 on 1 I have ever seen, and taking the shot from the rebound off the keeper he smashed it off the post with the goal wide open in front of him precisely 1 yard away from him.

Still, not to worry. We begin in fine form and hopefully we can get a strong reply from the boys in the next game against Aldershot who if I'm not mistaken finished 2nd in the league last year and stopped us from gaining a play off spot. I want my own back.

We're in a nice strong position up top 2 points clear. It could've been 5 but we'll have to let it go quickly and chalk it off to a bad day at the office. This is exactly where I want to be next April so lets go again next month and ensure we're in pole position to make that a reality.

In other great news, I won my first Manager Of The Month award. Hopefully the first of many...

Fantastic start to the season! As expected, the two relegated sides have began slowly, but the difference this time is that I can't see either of them responding with a good run to really challenge. Early days yet though, but this is very encouraging.

Monthly Review - September

Nothing but green in our second month. I believe it's safe to say that this is the first time we've managed a run like this. Not a single point dropped all season, a new feeling for myself and the team but we intend for it to not be the last time.

Other than Fylde who on paper to me look like they should be one of the best teams in the league, Aldershot was probably one of the biggest challenges despite them at the time being in the relegation zone. Ruthless last season we found them difficult to break down losing by two goals both home and away. We wouldn't miss the chance to set the record straight this season and thanks to none other than Jamie Reid, we took 3 points.

Despite my recent praise of Fylde's team, they were also no match for us. Those two games were the hardest we'd play all season but we found away to come together and find a way to break them down.

The rest of our games were fairly straightforward. Despite coming down from one end, Macclesfield now find themselves rock bottom at the other and they were of course no challenge as we swept them aside professionally.

Sutton was a huge goal glut, a whopping 5-2. Jamie Reid is clearly wanting to be up at the top of the goalscoring charts this year adding 2 more to his tally. The lad managed 23 last year in a fairly average side but it's looking like now with the creativity of Callum Gribbin behind him (Who also scored in this match) that he's capable of much much more.

With 10 games played we now sit 7 points clear and pretty at the top but this is where the real work begins. We will now play a large sum of 7 games in October. The season is well underway and the end of this next month could really shape how we end the season. It's imperative that we continue this amazing run of form, but I know it can't last forever.

This makes for beautiful reading. Seven points clear already and I'm hoping it will only get better. We can't get carried away, we can't get complacent. No celebrations until the job is done, and it's far from done.

More good news as well, I have retained my Manager of the Month award from August thanks to a 100% win record and Jamie Reid joins me in the awards week becoming the leagues Player of the Month!

We're looking good so far but one thing I am worried about is finances. We began this season firmly in the red by £300K and for a time it looked like things were improving, but since then it's only gotten worse. I'm hoping we can get promotion before it becomes to much of a problem.

An FA Cup run would not go a miss either.
Since when did you learn how to win games? This is brilliant mate.
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Monthly Review - October

Still looking rosy and well on our way to success, I'm running out of superlatives for the team this year. I want to make a statement in the FA Cup this year. Aside from the fact that it'll be brilliant for finances if we gain promotion I want us to let the top divisions know that theirs a new boy on the block and we're here to stay.

Aldershot were a measly test for the 4th qualifying round and this win accomplishes the boards aspects of being a first round team however I have much loftier ambitions. We're not going to win this thing, not a chance but a 3rd/4th round finish would be a fantastic way to make our mark.

The scalps ahead of us are there to be picked.

The league was a bit topsy turvy, we managed to stay unbeaten which means we've equalled our record of 12 games without a loss from last seasons christmas period. One more breaks the record, it would just add to the many brilliant things we've achieved so far this year.

In transfer news we have signed a new goalkeeper, and let one go. Luka Nakov will be jetting off in January back to his home in Bulgaria. We earn £7K from this transfer.

The keeper that joins though is Jack Rose who I already consider to be better than current started Shaun Macdonald. He'll slot straight into the first team to help us win the league and be our starting keeper for next year in League 2. A competition in which he's considered to be a leading player for.

Jack did the play the last game of the month in a big top of the table clash against Dover. This was the game we really needed to win and we beat them emphatically 3-0. Poor Jack I don't think really had anything to do all game, but lets hope it stays that way anyway.

12 wins, 4 draws and only 1 loss. This is a monstrous effort from the boys and we're looking better than ever in the department of winning mentalities. A few more months like this and we'll surely make it over the line. I challenge Dover to give it their all, because we won't be letting up.
Top of the league baby!! keep up that form man :)

Monthly Review - November

An absolute epic to bring you this month guys. We've gone out and absolutely smashed expectations wide apart with some our performances in the FA Cup and I couldn't be more proud of the position we now find ourselves in.

We drew Gillingham in the 1st round away from home funnily enough the same team who knocked us out in the same round last year. Time for revenge. Away from home with the odds fully against us we managed to somehow sneak our way in for a replay a home. We were 1-0 down for an entire half of football but when called upon Jake Andrews our backup left winger struck home a late equaliser.

It was ecstasy in the final minutes but nothing could compare for what was about to happen. A League One team came to Plainmoor and a year and 3 days later we were able to right the wrongs of that dreaded 3-1 loss. We were into the second round where we would play title challengers Dover at home.

We already beat The Whites 3-0 exactly a month ago and things were no different hosting them once more in terms of performances. Dover were awful, and our strikers capitalised on that. 2-0, Wycombe at Home in the 3rd round. 5th of January. This is a game we can win. Can we go even further? I certainly hope so.

I haven't spoken much about the league in this update as really there's not much to say. We're continuing are form to the best of our ability smashing the unbeaten record by 3 games and we're now one point better off at the top compared to the Halloween.

In case you're interested Jamie Reid is top of the scoring charts by 3 goals, with 14 overall.
1 loss all season, says it all really, this is pure dominance

Monthly Review - December

No kind of FA Cup special to bring you this month - yes I am afraid you will have to wait until the new year. I know it's the best part about non league but we've games ahead of us in the Vanarama and FA Trophy.

It was by all accounts a very busy month, especially considering we had to organise another replay due our draw against Woking. We invited them back to Plainmoor and as we've seen in the past this was no easy challenge for them. We looked off the pace at their place but a 3-0 humbling saw us through the next round against Radcliffe who are much much lower down the divisions.

As you can see our amazing unbeaten win has come to a sad end right at the start of December to Solihull Moors where we were indeed battered. The likes of Grivosti and Jake andrews managed to both get a space on the score sheet but Solihull seemed much too strong on the day and doubled our tally.

The Woking result was followed by an array of wins, one of them coming again against Woking who we had to play 3 times in the last 6 games.

Jamie Reid has clearly put on his Christmas shooting boots as he managed to find the net in every single one of the last 5 games.

The new year is once again nearly upon us and our first game brings us to Hartlepool who ended our play off chances last year. We are now 9 points clear at the top, with an FA Cup game to play, and an FA Trophy 3rd round.

By all accounts I think it's safe to say we've done fantastically this year - and we haven't even put the mince pies away yet.
You're absolutely flying in every competition going. Bloody hell.
Just want to remind you of your words in November last season..."Tied on points with's happening again isn't it"

Well, no, it certainly isn't! What an incredible turn around it has been since then. Narrowly missing out on the playoffs and now expected to finish second of the back of a great transfer window (How you managed to get that Gribbin loan i don't know!) you are now nine clear at the top! Brilliant stuff mate! Looking forward to the promotion party already ;)

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