Fitness hopes for Connor

Joseph Bulmer

Torquay United are optimistic that midfielder Connor Lemonheigh-Evans will be fit again for Saturday's home game against Wealdstone.

Lemonheigh-Evans, the Gulls' Player of the Year last season, missed the last-gasp 2-2 draw at Chesterfield after picking up a knock in training, but manager Gary Johnson says: "We need Connor fit, and we're hopeful that he will be available for this weekend."

Also back in training is goalkeeper Mark Halstead, whose concussion 'protocol' prompted the re-signing of Shaun MacDonald for the last two games, while midfielder Jake Andrews continues his comeback from an illness which took him out of the first few weeks of the season.

Meanwhile, United's players are coping with the current petrol shortages and making it to the club's training base near Newton Abbot.

Johnson reported: "Luckily, we have the Gulls Lodge at Plainmoor, where quite a few of the younger lads live, so they can travel together, and most of the others have committed to the area.

"The lads have to deal with the same problems as everyone else, but they have all made it to training OK so far."