Torquay United v Northampton Town
Saturday, August 7th 2010
So it all begins again tomorrow afternoon with the Cobblers facing a long trip to Devon for the opening game of the 2010/11 season. Torquay finished last season on fine form so this is likely to be a tough, tough game to kick things off. The Gulls went through their final eight games of the last campaign unbeaten including a 5-0 drubbing of promoted Rochdale and a goalless draw with champions Notts County.
The hosts are also looking to prolong a club record amount of minutes without conceding a goal and will be boosted by the fact that they were well on the way to that record with a 0-0 draw at Sixfields during that run of eight games unbeaten.
During the summer, manager Paul Buckle has brought in a real goal threat in Billy Kee, who joined from Leicester City. Kee scored nine times whilst on loan at Accrington Stanley last season and will be happy to be playing first team football again with a permanent contract on the south coast. Meanwhile, Guy Branston has been brought in full time after spending time on loan (and injuring Bayo!) last season whilst Martin Gritton is on loan from Chesterfield.
Pre-season has included vitories over Yeovil Town and Bristol City so United will be going into this game just as high on confidence as we are.
For the Cobblers, new loan keeper Oscar Jansson will take the gloves in place of the injured Chris Dunn and it’s likely that John Johnson, Marcus Hall and Tadhg Purcell will start the game. With the squad near enough complete, it’s time for the talking to end and the action to start.
Hold on tight, here it comes again!