Gulls turn it around with another 'Gary-Time' goal
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Twenty-four - that's now the huge number of 'Gary-Time' points that Torquay United have earned in the last ten minutes of matches after Gary Johnson's never-say-die Gulls took their brinkmanship to new levels this week.
As if last weekend's 98th minute equaliser against Notts County (2-2) wasn't enough, injury-hit United followed up with Scott Boden's 97th minute winner against Aldershot Town (2-1).
And it came only moments after the referee had awarded them a penalty and then changed his mind!
A draw would have seen Sutton United overtake them, but the Gulls snatched another all-important late goal - the 13th time they have done it this season - and they still top the National League.
"This 'Gary-Time' is getting on my nerves - it's not coming early enough!" quipped Johnson.
The Gulls' boss is almost certain to be named the NL's latest Manager Of The Month after 19 points out of 21 in April.
"If I do get it, it should be called the Club Of The Month, because this club is worthy of it," he said.
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"It was a great way to win it. Having the penalty taken away, when it was 100 per cent a penalty, gave us fresh motivation for one last effort at the end.
"But we haven't done anything yet - there are still six games left, and we have to keep going."
Earlier United had allowed Shots' Kodi Lyons-Foster an unmarked equaliser after skipper Asa Hall had fired them ahead with his 11th goal of the season.
They meet play-off chasing Eastleigh (H) on Saturday and Chesterfield (A) on Monday at the end of a nine-games-in-35-days schedule.
Torquay (P36/Pts70) lead from Sutton (35/69), Hartlepool (36/67) and Stockport County (36/65) now well into the title picture.
What a turnaround - only six weeks ago a run of one win in seven matches left United worried about making the play-offs, let alone challenging for the title.