Gary's respect for Martyn Rogers

Torbay Weekly

Torquay United manager Gary Johnson has added his praise to the tributes flowing in for Martyn Rogers, the just retired boss of Tiverton Town, who the Gulls meet in their next pre-season friendly at Ladysmead on Tuesday night (7.45pm).

Rogers has stepped down, and handed over to his nephew Scott Rogers, after 30 years in charge of the Ambers which included three FA Vase Finals, several promotions and big strides off the pitch.

Johnson and Rogers are old friends, and the former said: "Martyn has done such a great job there over so many years, and it's always sad when someone like him retires.

"The game in this area will miss him, but I'm sure that Scott will do a good job in his place."

Johnson hopes to have Ali Omar, Tom Lapslie and Dan Martin, who have all picked up knocks in recent games, available.

And of skipper Asa Hall, who has not appeared yet in pre-season because of an achilles tendon problem, Johnson said: "Asa's recovery is going well, he can work while he's having treatment and he should be back before the start of the season."

Johnson, who included former Northampton Town and Cheltenham Town striker Dan Holman among three trialists in Saturday's 3-0 defeat by Plymouth Argyle, may feature more new faces against Tiverton.

"We know we need a few more, we will have a look at one or two people each game and we've got to leave ourselves a couple of spots available for when the (EFL) transfer window closes (Aug 31)," he said.

"Even though it might not have looked like it on Saturday, I think we are on schedule for where we are in our pre-season, and you have to remember where Plymouth were in their build-up."

Tiverton will be the third Southern League Premier club that United have faced so far, after Poole Town (2-0) and Truro City (3-0), and they are likely to include defender Gary Warren, who joined them recently after being released at Plainmoor.