Gulls do not yet know Cup opponents
Torquay United are having to wait another day before they find out who they will play in the FA Cup first round at Plainmoor on Saturday.
Harrogate Town's problematic pitch forced a third successive postponement yesterday, and their fourth qualifying round replay against Hyde has been switched to the Station View ground of local rivals Harrogate Railway Athletic tonight.
Town, mid-table in Blue Square Bet North, and Hyde, who hauled themselves off the bottom of Blue Square Bet Premier at the weekend, have been trying to settle their differences since they drew 1-1 at Hyde on October 20.
Torquay manager Martin Ling revealed that a succession of 'spying' missions have had to be abandoned, including one last weekend.
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"Our northern scout was going to watch Harrogate play Corby on Saturday, but he made a wasted trip because the game was called off in the morning but hardly anyone knew about it," Ling said. "We'll still have two scouts at the replay tonight, one watching each team. I don't want to leave anything to chance, whoever we play."
Harrogate, whom Torquay knocked out on penalties after a replay at Wetherby Road in 2005, made use of a friendship between Town manager Simon Weaver and Railway boss Billy Miller to facilitate the switch – but the Station View surface may not be in great nick, as Railway played a West Riding County Cup match against Barnoldswick Town there last night.
Wet weather has exacerbated problems with Town's levelled and re-seeded pitch, and they have been desperate to avoid putting off Saturday's trip to Torquay.
Meanwhile, Torquay striker Ashley Yeoman has resumed training after the foot injury which kept him out of contention for last weekend's 1-0 npower League Two home win over Morecambe. Only long-term casualties Ian Morris (Achilles tendon) and Lloyd Macklin (broken metatarsal) are likely to be unavailable to face Harrogate or Hyde.
Truro City went down to a 4-1 Blue Square Bet South defeat at Farnborough last night. Marcus Martin scored in the 72nd minute for City, who were two down at half-time after goals from Dave Tarpey (14 minutes) and Reece Connolly (40). Strikes from Dean Inman (84) and Scott Day (90) sealed the hosts' success.