Torquay United defended like trojans

Torquay United keeper Shaun MacDonald punches under pressure during the Vanarama National League Mat

Torquay United keeper Shaun MacDonald punches under pressure during the Vanarama National League Match between Solihull Moors and Torquay United at Damson Parkway, Solihull on February 23 - PHOTO: Steve Bond/PPAUK - Credit: Steve Bond/Pinnacle

Manager Gary Johnson hailed ‘a heroic performance’ after Torquay United battled their way to a 2- 1 win at Solihull Moors that keeps the National League chasing pack at bay for another week.  

The Gulls, with new loan striker signing Scott Boden from Chesterfield a second-half sub, bounced back from their below-par 2-3 defeat at home to FC Halifax Town to weather the stoppage-time sending-off of goalkeeper Shaun MacDonald.  

Alex Gudger’s 98th minute consolation goal for Moors was too little and too late to counter Asa Hall’s first-half penalty and a smart finish by Billy Waters early in the second half.  

“We’ve still got a lot of lads who are playing because we’ve got to play them – they’re not 100% fit,” said Johnson.  

“So it was a heroic performance really.  

“We defended very, very well, including against their ‘6ft 9in’ biggest striker in English football, and I thought we dealt with that as best we could.  

“The referee changed the game with the sending-off of our goalie – we didn’t know he’d got booked previously, and he didn’t even know.  

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“It got a bit hairy-scary at the end. But we saw it out and it’s that sort of win that sets you off again. “ 

We defended like Trojans, and I’m proud of them.”