Martin Ling welcomes break as a chance for Torquay United to revive fortunes
Manager Martin Ling believes that Torquay United's unscheduled midwinter 'break' could help to revive the Gulls' fortunes after a lean spell in npower League Two.
When United, who haven't won for six games, go to local rivals Exeter City next Monday night; it will be 13 days since the two clubs drew 1-1 at Plainmoor.
Last Saturday's postponement against Chesterfield at home prompted Ling to give his players a long weekend off, and they won't resume training until tomorrow.
"With not playing until next Monday, it would be pointless to have everyone in when you're hitting your head against a brick with training surfaces," said Ling.
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"It was disappointing to have Chesterfield off – that would have been deemed, at least on paper, to be a bit easier than our next two games at Exeter and then at Cheltenham.
"Although we played OK in the first half against Exeter the other night, we're not in great form at the moment.
"The condition of our pitch at Plainmoor isn't great, although there's a few bad pitches around the country at the moment.
"So it would be nice to get to March, when you'd expect the going to be a bit firmer than it is at the moment. That would definitely suit us better.
"The pitches at Exeter and Cheltenham are both good, and sometimes we're better in those type of fixtures."
The United-Chesterfield game will almost certainly be put back to mid-March, although a new date has yet to be confirmed.
Ling added that the current break should also benefit some players who have been nursing injuries recently.
"Ryan Jarvis and Billy Bodin have both been playing with knocks, and you'd expect them to come back fully clear of injury," said Ling.
"So all in all, everyone can come back on Wednesday refreshed and firing on all cylinders.
"They'll be training right through next weekend before the Exeter game."
The current break has given Ling the chance to continue his search for a forward signing, although the rumour-mill which had former Exeter City striker Richard Logan set for a move to Plainmoor is wide of the mark.
Logan, who was released by the Grecians last summer and had a spell with Wycombe Wanderers and Dorchester Town recently, is now back in Suffolk where he was born and playing for Isthmian League Bury Town.