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Frome Town vs. Torquay United: FA Trophy Preview

Steve Jupp, BA11's Club Historian, looks ahead to the visit of a heavyweight in the home tie of the decade.

Badgers Hill stages its biggest FA Trophy tie for over forty years on Saturday when Torquay

United roll into town with a place in the Fourth Round up for grabs.

Few will forget the tension and the drama of that penalty shoot-out victory over Worthing

last month and, fingers crossed, there’s more to come with a similar outcome.

Having built up a magnificent home record (TEN straight wins and unbeaten in the last

SIXTEEN), The Robins should fear no-one on their own manor where, in TEN previous

encounters against National League opponents, only ONE has gone away victorious.

It’s been quite a marathon to get to this Third Round stage, a trek which began in early

September and has seen them win more games and score more goals than any other Frome

Town side in a single Trophy campaign.

First Qual Cirencester (H) Won 3-1

Second Qual Bemerton (A) Won 3-0

Third Qual Bishops Cleeve (A) Won 5-1

First Round Cribbs (H) Won 1-0

Second Round Worthing (H) Drew 2-2 (Won 4-3 on pens)

Torquay, due to their National League South status, were exempt to the Second Round

where they recorded a splendid 2-1 home victory over Yeovil.

They were elected to the Football League in 1927 (Division Three South) and retained that

status for eighty years. Indeed, they were a League One outfit as recently as 2005 but in a

turbulent time since then, have suffered five relegations (including last season) along with

two promotions and find themselves at level six for a second time.

Looking to bounce back straight away, they currently lie in fourth place after Tuesday’s 3-1

success against Weymouth at Plainmoor, their third win in the space of a week.

Averaging well over 2,000 for home games, only Yeovil pull in bigger crowds in the NLS and

hopefully, a fair chunk of that number will contribute to a bumper Badgers Hill gate and an

atmosphere to match.

In Gary Johnson, one of the most experienced managers in the business will occupy the

away dugout on Saturday. Beginning at Newmarket Town in the mid-80s, his career as

gaffer has taken in Cambridge United, Kettering, Latvia, Yeovil (twice), Bristol City,

Peterborough, Northampton and Cheltenham before occupying the Plainmoor hot seat for

the past five years.

The Gulls have already made their mark in the Trophy, going all the way to a Wembley final

in 2008 where they lost by the only goal to Ebbsfleet United and seven years later went

close again, succumbing to Wrexham at the semi-final stage.

Those craving another shoot-out from twelve yards could be disappointed as Torquay don’t

do draws. Since a 2-2 share of the spoils at Dover on the opening day, they have not drawn

a single match, winning fifteen and losing nine.

With the added incentive of a prize pot of £4,500, the stage is set for another one of those

epic encounters. Danny Greaves’ boys have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to



Don't forget to secure your tickets and programmes for the Trophy clash before 5pm on Friday!

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Gerry Urch
Gerry Urch
Dec 08, 2023

Well, we're almost there now. Torquay do have a few injuries for tomorrow and are also are likely to play an 18 year old defender with only a few games experience. They had us watched in the 2-2 draw at Bishops Cleeve.

However, they don't know that Meaksie has telescopic legs or that Jono has a 'masters' in Wizardry or that our manager only looks thirty nine and a half years old, no matter what people say, or what it's like to have Reece Rusher unleashed against you - apparently as frightening as the Exorcist or Alien most pundits say.

The weather for tomorrow is not great with rain forecast from midnight tonight until midday tomorrow - that's follow…

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