Preview

 

The Wood travel to Torquay this Saturday in search of their first win in 7 matches after just 2 draws and 4 defeats in the previous six.

Torquay currently sit 5 places and 8 points behind the Wood, but seem to have found form these last few weeks after beating much fancied Forest Green Rovers 4-3 at Plainmoor, before a 10 goal thriller at the New Lawn holding Forest Green to a 5-5 draw.

It won’t be the first time Wood have made an appearance at Plainmoor. Back in November 2002 the side that were to be relegated from the Isthmian Premier Division at the end of the season enjoyed an FA Cup run to meet the then Division Three side in the first Round of the FA Cup.

It was a day to forget for Wood, losing 5-0 and having a player sent off after just 29 minutes, which certainly did little to enhance the big day out.

The Gulls are in their third season in the National League after narrowly losing out to Northampton Town and Bristol Rovers on a very tense last day of the 2013/14 season, when all three sides recorded victories, condemning Torquay to their second spell out of the Football League.

Last season after looking to be relegation certainties Kevin Nicholson took the reins taking them on an amazing run to secure their National League status with weeks to spare.

Their first visit to the top tier of non-league football lasted just two years and was highly productive. The 2007/08 campaign saw them lift the FA Trophy before a run to the fourth round of the FA Cup and victory in the Play-Off Final made it two trips to Wembley in as many seasons. Financial struggles followed but these now seem to be behind them following a recent takeover of the club.

Wood will be hoping a repeat of last season as a fantastic spirited team display secured a victory thanks to goals from Graeme Montgomery and Mustafa Tiryaki.