Beavers ready as The Gulls prepare to swoop into town
By Jack Cunningham
Saturday sees the Beavers play host to Torquay with The Gulls soaring high at the top of the league. The Beavers, however beat fourth placed Welling and are sure to go into the game in high spirits.
The match itself should be fascinating as Garry McCann tests himself against the experienced Gary Johnson.
Torquay come into the game as the form side in the league as from the last ten matches they have acquired 24 points. In fact, they are unbeaten in the league since a 1-0 defeat to Chippenham on the 8th of September.
Hampton on the other hand have only collected eight points from their last ten games, but with two wins from the last four things appear to be turning around for the Beavers.
The Gulls boast the best defensive record in the league only conceding 15 all season, with only five of these coming away from home, so Gary Johnson clearly has his team very well organised.
Johnson himself boasts years of experience managing clubs such as Yeovil Town, Peterborough and Cheltenham Town.
Last weekend saw Dickson end his league goal drought with a brace and move onto 11 league goals for the season, he is crucial to the Beavers and acts as a focal point for all of our attacks and is the sides main source of goals.
Hopefully the goals last week will push him on for this game and if Hampton are to get anything from this tough fixture he will have to be firing on all cylinders.
Hampton may boast Dickson, but The Gulls have the top scorer in the league in the shape of Reid.
Reid has bagged 13 this season and will no doubt be a constant threat to the Beavers back line and Simon Downer will have to use all of his experience to keep him quiet on Saturday.
Reid back in 2013 made two senior appearances for Northern Ireland so he certainly has a touch of quality to his game.
Last Time They Met
Torquay 0 Hampton and Richmond 2, 25th August 2018
At the end of August this year the Beavers took all three points with them back to the Beveree as an own goal by Samir Nabi and a Chris Dickson strike sealed a win for Hampton.
Hampton took the lead in the 25th minute as a scramble in the box ended up with Nabi inadvertently putting the ball past his own keeper.
Dickson sealed the win in the 82nd minute as Daniel Uchechi’s corner was powered home by the striker.
The Beavers fan’s will certainly be hoping for the same outcome on Saturday.