Gulls have another Shot at league tie
NEW DATE FOR SHOTS: United's League Two game away to Aldershot Town, postponed because of a waterlogged pitch at the EBB Stadium (Recreation Ground to you and me!) on December 29, has been rearranged for Tuesday, February 19 (7.45pm).
Rene punished for getting on with it...
ROUGH JUSTICE: When Gulls striker Rene Howe picked up his eighth booking of the season against AFC Wimbledon last week, it was for trying to get the ball back for a free-kick given in United's favour.
Referee Ollie Langford cautioned Howe, because he'd pushed – it was no more than that – an opponent who was trying to shield the ball and delay the free-kick.
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No action was taken against the Wimbledon player.
The same thing happened to United defender Aaron Downes at Barnet in November.
Downes went to get the ball back as Torquay chased an equaliser near the end of the game at Underhill and got involved in a spat with the Bees' Krystian Pearce.
At least Pearce was also booked at the time.
An awful lot of these incidents wouldn't arise if referees were quicker to punish players who delay the restart of play.
How many times do people get away with standing over the ball while someone else organises their 'wall'?
Meanwhile, Downes and Howe were punished for doing what the ref should have been encouraging in the first place – trying to get on with it.
Former Gulls flying in FA Cup weekend
'OLD BOYS' GOOD WEEKEND: Every now and then, a round of matches seems to feature a whole gaggle of ex-players prospering at other clubs.
Last weekend was a case in point.
Top of the bill was Conference club Luton Town's FA Cup slaying of Championship Wolves at Kenilworth Road.
Former Gulls boss Paul Buckle, goalscorer Alex Lawless and Lathaniel Rowe-Turner were all on the winning team.
Scott Rendell also played the last few minutes from the subs' bench.
Midfielder Eunan O'Kane's smart finish earned AFC Bournemouth an excellent 1-1 draw away to Premier League Wigan Athletic.
And in League Two, Taiwo Atieno and Jo Kuffour scored important goals for Barnet (2-0 against Bradford) and Wycombe (2-1 over Chesterfield).
That's the way it goes sometimes.
Boots of a different kind are the focus
PUT THE 'BOOT' IN!: United are holding their first Car Boot Sale in Homelands Lane this Sunday (9am-1pm).
Details from general manager Andrew Candy at Plainmoor (01803 328666).