Gulls delighted with first crowd of the summer

Torbay Weekly

His team’s performance might not have wowed Torquay United manager Gary Johnson, but a near-1,000 crowd did as the Gulls beat Truro City in their second pre-season friendly.

In the club's first home game since the National League Play-Off Final defeat at Bristol 37 days before, 957 fans saw United follow up Saturday's 2-0 win at Poole Town.

Goals by Danny Wright in the sixth minute and subs Louie Slough and Klaidi Lolos in the second half overcame a spirited Truro side.

But Johnson said: "For me, it was too slow - not enough going on.

"To be fair, normally you have six or seven weeks to get ready for a new season, but we have only three or four this year, so we're having to work them very hard every day.

"They trained very hard yesterday, so please don't judge them on this game.

"Some showed little bits, but they looked leggy and they are a lot better than that.

"I'm hoping they will be a bit sharper on Saturday."

United meet Plymouth Argyle at Plainmoor in that game (3pm), and they are assured of an even bigger crowd than the Truro attendance.

"More than 900 people for a pre-season friendly at this stage is fantastic," said Johnson.