After last weekend’s big win against Downend, Torquay United suffered a heavy defeat this Sunday at the hands of Middlezoy Rovers in Somerset.
Torquay lined up with a 1-4-3-3 formation. Kasey Dickson moved to right back, Meg Strong started in a new deep-lying midfield role with Danni Wyatt and Charlotte Dymond playing off Dani Harper up front.
Starting XI – Gosling, Dickson, Brown, Mace, McJury, Strong, Kotlinska, Swaine, Dymond, Wyatt (c) & Harper. Subs – Allen, Farrell & Evans.
After some bright passages of play from Torquay in the opening minutes, Middlezoy took the lead with a shot that wasn’t closed down from the edge of the box. Despite this early setback, Torquay continued to play some good football and were having some joy, particularly down the right flank with attacking runs from Kasey Dickson and Sam Kotlisnka. Despite the positive play, the away side were unable to find the final ball and went further behind when Middlezoy scored a free header from a corner, 2-0. On 35 minutes, Niamh Farrell (who had been suffering with injury during the week) was introduced to try and strengthen the midfield. Unfortunately for Torquay, Middlezoy grabbed a third and decisive goal just before half time with a breakaway goal.
Half time, Middlezoy 3-0 Torquay United.
Into the second half and with a change in shape, Torquay again began strongly. Still, they could not quite find the final pass but were having a large majority of the possession. The away side’s patience was rewarded on 68 minutes, as a pre-rehearsed corner routine saw the ball fall to Kate Mace, who slammed home for her first goal for the club, 3-1. The joy was to be very short lived, as within a minute, Middlezoy went on the attack from the resultant kick off to score, 4-1. Torquay still had large spells of possession, but were always vulnerable on the counter attack. The home some took advantage of this and were able to punish Torquay three more times in the last 15 minutes, resulting in a final score of 7-1.
Full time, Middlezoy 7-1 Torquay United.
After the game, we caught up with manager Jamie McInnes:
"Losing is never easy and we always try to take the positive from defeat and learn lessons. I am so passionate about football and TULFC and I can’t deny that I personally find losing very tough. We are working incredibly hard to try and develop the team and it’s a real rollercoaster of emotions at times. To lose 10-0, win 7-1 and then lose 7-1 within just three weeks, demonstrates the huge gulf in standard between the top and bottom teams within our league. As I have mentioned before, we have a very young squad in general, and young players by their very nature are inconsistent. I am not one to walk away from a challenge and what we must do is keep working with the players, hopefully learning something from every game we play and developing together as a team. I look at the full list of players we have signed on, and the quality is definitely there to be competitive in the league. We keep going, wearing the Torquay United badge with pride.
Player of the match – Today’s player of the match award goes to Sammy Kotlinska. She worked hard throughout the whole 90 minutes, battling hard for possession and displaying a never-say-die attitude."
The Ladies are on the road again next weekend, for the short journey to Exeter City Ladies. The match will kick off at 2pm on Sunday and is at Cullompton FC, Speeds Meadow, Duke Street, Cullompton, EX15 1DW. We hope to see your support!