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Billy Waters of Torquay United drives forwards during the FA Trophy First Round match between Chesha

Billy Waters of Torquay United drives forwards during the FA Trophy First Round match between Chesham United and Torquay United at The Meadow, Chesham, Buckinhamshre on Saturday 15th December 2020. Photo: Micah Crook/PPAUK - Credit: Micah Crook/PPAUK

Manager Gary Johnson lost no time in pointing to the ‘bigger picture’ after a Torquay United side with five changes had edged Southern League Chesham United 1-0 in the FA Trophy in Buckinghamshire.  

Josh Umerah’s 48th minute goal, his third of the season and all in cup-ties, was good enough to earn the Gulls £4,500 in prize money and put them in the Fourth Round draw.  

“It wasn’t the most beautiful game in the world, and it wasn’t our best game either, but there is a bigger picture,“ Johnson said.   

“The main positives were, first, that we’re through to the next round and, second, we were able to give players like Armani Little and Dean Moxey a good hour, as well as other lads 90 minutes which they needed.  

“We were also able to give a bit of rest to people like Connor (Lemonheigh-Evans), Kyle (Cameron) and Danny Wright, who have played almost every minute so far.   

“There was a lot of misplaced passes, the pitch wasn’t conducive to good football, through no fault of Chesham’s after all the rain that fell on it, and both teams went a bit longer than they would have liked.  

“We defended that well, which was another plus.  

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“But we know we’ve got to play better than that, and that’s what we aim to do against Yeovil (H) on Boxing Day.”