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Preview: Torquay United (H)

26 August 2019

The Bees are back at The Hive London this afternoon as they welcome Torquay United.

Darren Currie’s side go into the game off the back of a 1-1 draw away at Wrexham on Saturday.

JJ Hooper gave the hosts the lead with only two minutes on the clock before Dan Sparkes grabbed the equaliser six minutes later.

The Opposition

After facing relegation from the fifth tier in 2018, Torquay bounced back at the first attempt after finishing top of the pile in the National League North last season.

The Gulls, who finished 10 points clear last time around, will be looking to regain their Football League status after playing non-league football for five years.

Torquay, who were a League One club in 2005, faced the drop to non-league for the first time in their history three years later.

However, at the second attempt, they were back in League Two where they would stay for five seasons before facing relegation again.

With back-to-back promotion in their sights this season, the Gulls have started the season well and find themselves seventh in the standings.

They have clinched three wins so far this campaign, including a 2-0 victory over Aldershot Town on Saturday and will be hoping to come out on top three games in a row this afternoon.

As for their away form, the Gulls have tasted one victory, one draw and one defeat so far this season with their most recent outing ending in a 2-1 win away at Dover Athletic.

Manager: Gary Johnson

After guiding the Gulls to National League South triumph in his first season in charge last term, it came as no surprise when Johnson penned a new contract in the summer.

The Torquay boss began his managerial career in 1986 at Newmarket Town before becoming reserve team manager at Cambridge United two years later. Johnson then moved up to become the U’s assistant manager before taking the hot seat from 1993 to 1995.

Kettering Town was his next destination before leaving to become the director of Watford’s youth academy.

However, he quickly returned to management to take over as manager of the Latvian national side before returning to England, taking the reins at Yeovil Town.

During his first season with the Glovers, Johnson guided his side to FA Trophy glory, beating Stevenage 2-0 before clinching promotion to the EFL the following year. Yeovil then won League Two in their second year back in the fourth tier.

In 2005, Johnson took charge at Bristol City, the club where his son Lee is now the head coach at. During his time there, he guided his side to League One promotion before nearly doing the same the following year only to be beaten in the Championship play-off final by Hull City.

After five years with the Robins, Johnson moved to Peterborough and Northampton respectively before returning to Yeovil in 2012. The 63-year-old tasted more success with the Glovers after guiding them to promotion to the Championship for the first time in the club’s history. However, he left his role two years later.

Before moving to Torquay, Johnson was manager of Cheltenham Town in a spell which started in 2015 and ended in 2018. He was at the helm of a Robins side who became the first team relegated from the Football League to win the National League title at the first attempt since 1989 in 2018.

As a player, he represented Watford, Malmo FF, Soham Town Rangers, Newmarket Town and Cambridge United.

Last Time Out:

Barnet haven’t faced Torquay since they met in the Conference during the 2014/15 season.

The Bees, who lost 3-2 to the Gulls earlier that campaign, travelled to Plainmoor in December 2014 and beat them 2-1.

After Mauro Vilhete opened the scoring on 15 minutes, both sides had a man sent off with Bondz N’Gala receiving his marching orders for the Bees.

John Akinde then netted from the spot with five minutes of the first half remaining before Courtney Richards pulled one back for the hosts in second half stoppage time.

Top Scorer: Jamie Reid

With four goals to his name, Jamie Reid is currently Torquay’s highest scorer.

The forward, who joined the Gulls in 2017 after a loan spell, has scored three in his last four games, including one against Aldershot on Saturday.

On top form, Reid will undoubtedly be hoping to add to his tally this afternoon.

Connections:

Bees midfielder Dan Sparkes joined Torquay from Braintree in 2016 and scored six times in 36 appearances for the Gulls before making the switch to Dagenham a year later.

Manny Duku spent time on loan at Barnet from Cheltenham Town last season. The forward bagged three goals during his brief spell at The Hive London, including a brace against Hartlepool United last November.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Barnet 2-2 Torquay United

26 August 2019

The Bees fought back from two goals down to rescue a point in a real game of two halves in the blistering London sunshine.

First-half strikes from Jean-Yves Kouèniate and Armarni Litle saw the visitors race into a two-goal lead at the break, in a half where Darren Currie's side really struggled to get going. 

But it was a different story in the second half as the Bees dominated proceedings and clawed themselves back into the game thanks to goals from Ephron Mason Clark and Jack Taylor. 

The Bees got off to the worst possible start as Jean-Yves Koueniate tapped home after Scott Loach saved from a Gulls free-kick. 

Just two minutes later Josh Walker almost fired Currie's men level as he superbly turned inside the area, however, his shot went just wide of the far post. 

Loach on his 400th appearance did well to keep the score to one as he flew off his line to deny Ben Wynter after he stole the ball from Charlie Rowan.

After 11 minutes Walker was through for the Bees but his shot was well saved by Lucas Covolan, the striker was making his first appearance for 8 months and was a danger in the opening exchanges. 

On the half-hour mark, the visitors made it two and in some style as Little bent into the top corner from 25 yards out leaving Loach with no chance. 

It really wasn't the Bees afternoon in the first half and had it not been for a superb block by Ricardo Santos it would have been three for the visitors before the break. 

Just four minutes after the break Mason-Clark halved the deficit as he tapped home after Walker unselfishly squared the ball to him six yards out. 

The Bees were almost level on 56 minutes as Sparkes' superb cross was met by J Taylor but unfortunately, he couldn't quite make the desired contact as is volley went straight at the keeper. 

With 10 minutes to go Mason Clark was involved again as he narrowly headed over from Alexander's cross, it had the keeper worried but perhaps the substitute could have done slightly better with his effort. 

With two minutes left on the clock, the Bees had the equaliser as Jack Taylor sent a powerful drive into the bottom corner with a little help from the left-hand post. 

It means its three draws on the spin for Currie's men as they have once again come from behind to salvage what could be valuable points. 

They will look to turn a point into victory as they travel to Eastleigh on Saturday, looking to maintain their unbeaten away record. 

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