Facing former Gulls at Plainmoor

Torbay Weekly

As two ex-Gulls, Josh Umerah and Matt Buse, prepare to return to Plainmoor with Wealdstone on Saturday, Torquay United manager Gary Johnson insists that he loses no sleep when players he has released go on to do well for their future clubs.

Striker Umerah and midfielder Buse, as well as Billy Waters, were among the players whom Johnson let go at the end of last season's promotion near-miss.

Waters has scored seven goals in the first eight games of this season for FC Halifax Town and Umerah has hit five for Wealdstone, after scoring only twice for Torquay last season.

Scott Boden, who was available after a loan spell at United from Chesterfield last season, is a regular starter for Boreham Wood, where Torquay travel next Tuesday night.

"I am genuinely pleased for the nice guys when they find a new home and are playing well," said Johnson, who celebrated his 66th birthday this week and has been in management more than 30 years.

"I had Billy at Cheltenham and, when he didn't have a club, I had him here. It was Josh's first time in the National League when we signed him. And Scott Boden wasn't getting games (at Chesterfield) when we took him on loan.

"I would like to think we've helped them to get back into the fray.

"All those lads, I want them to do well. If I wasn't, I would be a very miserable person, when you think of all the players I've released over the years.

"I don't want them to have a great game against us, and there is that extra motivation, because they may be trying to impress two managers.

"But I can certainly sleep at night."

United must wait on a fitness test for Connor Lemonheigh-Evans ahead of the Wealdstone game.

Johnson revealed that the attacking midfielder finished the recent match against Southend (1-0), and scored the last minute winner, after he had picked up an injury.

The Welshman missed the Gulls' 2-2 comeback draw at Chesterfield last Saturday.