Dorling aiming to put fun back in game for Torquay
TORQUAY Athletic coach Chris Dorling has time to take stock of the season and the likely outcome for his team as the weekend ahead is a free one.
The Tics are one of the few teams up-to-date with their fixtures in the Western Counties Division as the season goes into the final lap.
Last time out the Tics beat lowly Tavistock 21-12 at the Recreation Ground.
It was neither a great performance or a great result for the Tics, but after losses to Devonport Services and Exeter Saracens spiked realistic hopes of promotion it was a step in the right direction.
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"A couple of losses made us lose our confidence. However, bad or even mediocre teams don't win 11 on the bounce and have the best points-for record in the league," said Dorling.
"Not going up this year with a young developing side is not the end of the world.
"It is imperative, in order to attract players for next season and to keep the optimism, that next year could be our year, that we must start realising our potential once again.
"Also we need to play with smiles on our faces. Above everything else, the players play the game for the love of the sport and the enjoyment it brings.
"There are always peaks and troughs in sport, that's what makes it so exciting.
"I think after two years of seeing far more success than disappointments, it would be a crying shame to see that implode after a couple of bad weeks.
"It took Dan Parkes at Brixham three years and far better resources to get promoted, so I don't think we are doing too bad all in all."
Torquay led 14-7 at the break against Tavistock, having gone behind early to a converted try.
Torquay hit back with a brace of scores from winger Tony McCarthy. Scrum-half Alex Jeffery converted both.
The visitors dominated the third quarter and deserved a try by centre Simon Braithwaite to get within two points.
This at last roused Torquay who made the game safe with a late try on the blind side by winger Johnny Brown, which Jeffery converted from the touchline.
KINGSBRIDGE can push themselves away from the danger end of the table if they can win at second-bottom Tavistock this Saturday.
Town have a 10-point cushion between them and the bottom three, which is handy but not too comfortable with four teams below them left to play.
Kingsbridge drew 10-10 at Bude last Saturday, the second game running where they have had victory snatched from their grasp in the latter stages. Bideford did it seven days earlier.
Town were 10-7 up with 10 minutes to go thanks to tries by Tristan Couch and Andy Nicholls when a penalty allowed Bude to level it.