Torquay United defender Lewis freed from suspension worry

Torbay Weekly

Ever-present Torquay United defender Joe Lewis is raring to tackle the second half of the season freed from the worry of suspension, along with his centre-back partner Dean Moxey.

Lewis, 22, survived seven games without picking up a costly fifth booking before the mid-season cut-off point for an automatic ban - he's actually been cautioned only once in his last 19 matches.

Moxey, 36, had also been hanging on four yellow cards and Lewis says ahead of the Gulls' next game at Altrincham on Saturday: "It will be nice for both of us not to worry about picking up one more booking.

"It's been a fine balance - maybe not making certain challenges but trying to do your job for the team.

"There have definitely been moments where I was slightly less aggressive.

"It's the first time I've experienced that worry. I maybe let myself get three early bookings without really noticing, and I might think about things differently next time I start a season."

Of his increasingly solid partnership with former Exeter City, Crystal Palace and Derby veteran Moxey, Lewis added: "It's been a pleasure playing alongside Dean - we even room together away from home.

"We all know how experienced he is, it stands out a mile that he's played in the Premier League and he's a genuinely nice guy.

"It's been great to play with Wynts (Ben Wynter) as well and Dan (Martin) in recent weeks. Playing in a back-four is so much about the relationship between you, and with Shaun (MacDonald) in goal.

"It's all about building that understanding and, hopefully, people can that developing now."

Nobody played better than ex-Swansea City youngster Lewis during United's run to the play-off final last season and, ahead of his 80th appearance for the club, he said: "This season has thrown up challenges that last year didn't.

"It was obviously disappointing to miss out after being up there for so long, so it would be great if we could give it a good push until the end of this season and - who knows? - maybe do something in the play-offs that we couldn't do last time."

After Altrincham away, Gary Johnson's Gulls face their first home midweek game of the season against Solihull Moors next Tuesday.