'Pinged' Gulls trio out of action

Torbay Weekly

Torquay United didn't have a single Covid-19 case last season thanks to their strict 'bubble' policies - only for the Government's Track and Trace system to rule three players out of action!

"They all got 'pinged'," revealed manager Gary Johnson after Connor Lemonheigh-Evans, Jake Andrews and skipper Asa Hall had to miss the club's opening pre-season win (2-0) at Poole Town on Saturday.

"They tested fine," said Johnson.  "But it's a sign of the times, and hopefully they'll change the 'pinging' rules pretty soon."

Evans and Andrews were back as goals by Danny Wright, Louie Slough and Klaidi Lolos beat Truro City 3-0 on Tuesday.

But Johnson stressed: "Because we've only got three or four weeks pre-season, we've had to work them very hard every day.  Some showed little bits, but they looked leggy.

"It was fantastic to get 900 for a friendly, and I'm hoping the players will be a bit sharper on Saturday (Plymouth Argyle H 3pm)."