Saturday can’t come around quick enough for everyone at AFC Fylde after defeat to Barnet in midweek.

Tuesday was a night to forget for everyone, but a tough trip down to Torquay, who have started the season well after promotion to the MANarama National League, awaits Dave Challinor’s men

There are a few absentees for The Coasters this weekend. Kurt Willoughby is out with a hernia, whilst Lewis Montrose is close to a return, along with Luke Burke.

The Opposition

Name: Torquay United

Nickname: The Gulls

Ground: Plainmoor

League Position: 11th

Torquay United are one of the new sides in the National League this season. After being relegated in 2017/18 to the National League South, they bounced back at the first time of asking, winning the title by 10 points.

That momentum has carried on into this season, with The Gulls sitting mid-table, just four points off of the playoffs.

Gary Johnson is the man in charge at Plainmoor. He took over in the September 2018 following the club’s poor start in the National League South and guided them to the title with three games to spare.

During his time as manager at The Gulls, he has the highest win percentage he has ever had in his managerial career, with 60.4%.

Fact Pack

  1. The Gulls were promoted as champions of the National League South last year.

  2. Torquay have won five, lost five and drawn four so far this campaign – with three of these defeats coming at home.

  3. After firing 32 goals last campaign, Jamie Reid is already up and firing – leading the way in the league with 9 goals already.

  4. Alongside Jamie Reid, Kyle Cameron and Ben Wynter are the only two players to have started all 14 games this season.

  5. With 21 goals against, Torquay have conceded the most goals in the top half – but with 23 scored (as many as league leaders Bromley) things have balanced out favourably.

  6. The two sides have met twice, with Fylde winning on both occasions in the 2017/18 National League season.

One To Watch

Jamie Reid

This week’s one to watch is striker, Jamie Reid.

The Torquay-born striker has had many spells atthe club, with most of them being loan moves.

Reid made the move permanent in October 2017, and since moving permanent;y to The Gulls, Reid has scored an impressive 29 goals with nine of them coming in his 14 appearances this season.

Reid managed to grab two goals in Torquay’s 4-0 win over Stockport last weekend, showing he is in excellent form going into the clash with The Coasters this weekend. 


The two sides have only met twice, where The Coasters came out on top in both games.

Vanarama National League – 2017/18

Torquay 1-3 Fylde

Fylde 2-0 Torquay

Games To Keep An Eye On

With a chance to climb up to mid-table with a win over Torquay, there’s a couple of games to keep an eye on for The Coasters this weekend.

Boreham Wood Vs Solihull Moors

Chesterfield Vs Eastleigh

Hartlepool United Vs Yeovil

Maidenhead United Vs FC Halifax Town

Sutton United Vs Stockport County

Harrogate Vs Ebbsfleet United


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