Date: 17th July 2015 at 6:01pm
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Torquay United won our third pre season game of the summer as we faced Tiverton Town at Ladysmead the other day.

Described as an entertaining game, with five goals on show for the fans, our hosts started the game brighter and found themselves ahead just before the 15 minute mark.

This sparked Torquay into life however and slowly but surely we got a foothold on the game and levelled the scores on 23 minutes through new addition James Hurst.

Less than five minutes later we took the advantage as Tyrone Marsh found the back of the net.

Going into the break with a two one lead, it could’ve been more really with chances that fell to both Hurst and Marsh in the remainder of the half.

The second period began much as the first ended, but it was Tiverton who next found the net through a set piece.

Torquay were back in front two minutes later through Ashley Yeoman who continued his goal scoring form in pre season and capped a good week off with the winner – especially as he signed his new deal just prior to the came.

Three pre season games, three wins and a return of 14 goals.

Manager Paul Cox also used the match to take a further look at some of our trialists.

Tiverton Town:

Wright (Moore 46), Wannell (Johnson 79), Kingdon, Gardner, Faux (G Rogers 67), Smith, S Rogers (Adams 54), Norrish (Hatch 54), Alden (Mortimore 60), Neal (Davis 74), Howe.

Booked: Mortimore (67).

Torquay United:

Spiess, Hurst (Topliss 65), Maduako, Odofin, Butler (J Richards 65), Murombedzi (Ball 65), Young (Duke 77), C Richards (Chaney 65), Briscoe, Lewis (Fairhurst 54), Marsh (Yeoman 54).

Substitutes not used:

Lavercombe (gk), Prynn, Hancox.

Booked: Hurst (16).

Referee: Andrew Bennett (Devon).

Attendance: 352.

Speaking to the Official Site following the full time whistle, Cox again talked about the many positives he could take from the run out as our preparations for the National League season continue.

‘It was a tough, physical encounter against a Tiverton side who made us work hard. For some of the boys it was their first run-out and overall they came through it well. We were made to work hard with and without the ball and in the end we were able to take plenty of positives out of the game.’

Cox says obviously there are still areas we need to improve on but at this stage of pre season he remains happy with where we are and the progress that we are making and of course there is still a learning curve for the management team and players given all of the summer changes.

‘Collectively it was a satisfying night for us, though, as we got another win under our belt and scored three good goals. There is no doubt that the boys are physically fit, but they`re not ‘football fit` and that will only come with games. We now look forward to our first home game at the weekend and hope that Newport County will ask us plenty of serious questions because that`s what we need.’

As for the first home game against Terry Butcher’s Newport County, he went on to add that he was hoping for a very stern test from our visitors but that would be a test we relished.

‘It`s going to be a stern test, but one that we face with relish. I am hoping that Newport will ask a few serious questions of us because that`s exactly what we need at this stage. We want to be able to learn about the areas of our game that need improvement because now is the time to rectify it. The lads are in good spirits and have been working extremely hard. We need to build up that physical and mental toughness and that will only come by playing games.’

Remaining pre season schedule.

Saturday, July 18 – 3.00pm
United v Newport County

Wednesday, July 22 – 7.30pm
United v Yeovil

Saturday, July 25 – 3pm
Truro v United

Tuesday, July 28 – 7.45pm
United v Plymouth

Friday, July 31 – 7.30pm
United v Exeter

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