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Fleetwood Town 0-0 Torquay Utd: The football is here

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Football. Foot-ball. It’s back, and it’s exciting. However, it’s fair to say that for Torquay and Fleetwood fans, this result is a bit of a damp squib. Both sets of fans, particularly the Cod Army, would have been hopeful of a win here.

I wasn’t at the game so can’t pass proper judgement, but by all accounts Fleetwood were marginally the better side, leading 22-13 in shots, though only 3 for each were on target – thus, it sounds like a game of plenty of missed chances, particularly for the home side, who opted for Andy Mangan and David Ball in attack ahead of Stephen Gillespie.

I wasn’t particularly hopeful going in to today so I’m happy with a point and a clean sheet, especially after my initial reaction to the starting line-up. Martin Ling opted to make two changes to the line-up that was thrashed by Leicester in the League Cup in midweek – Craig Easton was dropped from the midfield, with Ian Morris moving inside and Tom Cruise coming in on the left flank to provide extra defensive cover (a rather negative move for a league game, in my opinion), while Ryan Jarvis was dropped in favour of Billy Bodin, who missed the Leicester game as he was playing in Wales Under 21s’ defeat to Armenia. Lloyd Macklin later came on in place of Cruise.

Elsewhere in League Two, one of the title favourites won and one lost. Rotherham beat expected strugglers Burton 3-0 in their first league match at the New York Stadium, but Southend surprisingly lost at home to Accrington. Of the other likely contenders, Gillingham beat Bradford 3-1, Wycombe won 3-0 at newly-promoted York, Oxford beat Bristol Rovers at the Mem, and Wimbledon defeated Chesterfield at Kingsmeadow courtesy of Jack Midson’s first of the season, assisted by ex-Gull Angus MacDonald. Relegated Rochdale were held by Northampton, while Barnet began the season with a 3-0 defeat to Port Vale, putting them just above the drop zone already.

Both our Devon rivals lost – Plymouth were beaten at home 2-0 by Aldershot, while Exeter found themselves 3-0 down to Morecambe by half time and couldn’t find a way back into the match – they now sit bottom. This means that Torquay are currently ranked as the best side in Devon for the first time in a decade.

Next up for the Gulls is the first home match of the season against Cheltenham, making this technically our third league game in four matches against the Robins. They beat Dagenham and Redbridge 2-0 today – former Torquay striker Chris Zebroski did start but was not amongst the scorers.

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Written by James Bennett

August 18, 2012 at 20:49

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