With leaders Torquay United returning to National League action at Wealdstone tonight, manager Gary Johnson says he has been spending the money he had kept aside for his wife’s Christmas present on watching live streams of games.
Torquay last played ten days ago when they beat FC Halifax Town 2-1 at the New Shay. That result left them five points clear at the top of the table, but without a game since, a handful of teams had a chance to catch up. However, going into tonight’s round of games, Torquay – on 22 points – are still two points clear of Sutton United in second, with a further four teams still five points behind. And now Torquay have at least a game in hand on all of them.
Johnson said: “I have been spending more money on streaming games than I have on the missus. We have been watching all of those games so that’s a smaller Christmas present that I can buy her.
“I have found myself supporting certain teams in the hope that no-one would catch us up. But this league is like that; there are not many teams – maybe two or three – that can go on a very good run.”
Disregarding FA Cup games, Torquay have not been beaten since the second game of the season at the start of October. They are now undefeated in seven league games after playing nine with just one defeat and one draw spoiling the copybook. No wonder they are top of the table.

Johnson said: “We have had a good run and there are not many teams that are going to be doing that. I have got an idea of which teams can do that so we have just got to keep an eye on them.”
Wealdstone are one of those teams on 17 points – they are fifth with five wins from 11 games. They have looked a forced to be reckoned with but were beaten 3-0 by Notts County on Friday night.
“We have obviously watched Wealdstone’s games,” said Johnson. “You can see by their stats that they score a lot of goals – and they let in a lot of goals. So it is one of them – it will be a goalscoring game I would have thought, but then sometimes they are nil-nils.
“They are decent and they have done well to get themselves up into the higher reaches of the league and as I always say, if we turn up then we have got a good chance, if we don’t turn up and don’t play how we generally have been playing, then every team can beat you. Lots of teams are proving that at the moment in our league. Everybody is dangerous if you don’t put in your best performance.”
There is likely to be at least one change from the team that started the Halifax game on November 21 with Adam Randell available again after his one-match ban. Dean Moxey was also missing that day – and he may return. Goalkeeper Shaun MacDonald could also keep his place after covering for the injured Lucas Covolan.
Wealdstone report they are without defender Connor Stevens, who remains a few weeks away from a return to fitness. Striker Moses Emmanuel and midfielder Alex Dyer also missed the game against Notts County with injuries and both remain a doubt.





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