Gulls start pre-season with a victory

Goal celebrations for Olaf Koszela of Torquay United with Alex Moyse of Torquay United during the pr

Goal celebrations for Olaf Koszela of Torquay United with Alex Moyse of Torquay United during the pre-season friendly match between Poole Town and Torquay United 24th July 2021 at The BlackGold Stadium, Poole, Dorset - PHOTO: Phil Mingo/PPAUK - Credit: Phil Mingo/PPAUK

Two goals in the last ten minutes by substitute Olaf Koszela and new signing Klaidi Lolos gave Torquay United a 2-0 win in their opening pre-season friendly away to Poole Town.

The Gulls were without club captain Asa Hall, Connor Lemonheigh-Evans and Jake Andrews for the game against Southern League Premier opposition, and manager Gary Johnson fielded two trialists, one of whom is believed to have been ex-Crawley Town midfielder Tarryn Allarakhia.

Allarakhia played 53 games for Crawley over the last three years, including 20 last season.

United's starting line-up included new signings Mark Halstead in goal, Ali Omar, Keelan O'Connell, Tom Lapslie and Lolos - it read: Halstead; Wynter, Omar, Slough Moxey; O'Connell, Lapslie, Trialist A, Trialist B; Lolos, Wright.

On the bench were Marcin Brzozowski, Armani Little, Dan Martin, Joe Lewis, Scott Piper, Alex Moyse and Koszela.

United continue their preparations at home to Truro City on Tuesday night (7.45pm).

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