21st July 2014
ARGYLE will travel to Torquay United on Tuesday for their latest pre-season friendly.The game at Plainmoor kicks off at 7.45pm, with Argyle likely to field a strong starting line-up.
Torquay boss Chris Hargreaves is re-building his squad following the departures of several key players after relegation to the Skrill Premier from Sky Bet League 2.
Hargreaves has lost several senior members of his squad, including Kevin Nicholson, Michael Poke and Lee Mansell. Left-back Nicholson has left the Gulls after seven seasons with the club, while goalkeeper Poke has joined League 2 side Portsmouth after deciding not to renew his contract.
Former captain Mansell has also left Plainmoor, having made almost 400 appearances for Torquay. The midfielder has joined Bristol Rovers who were also relegated to the Conference last season.
Former Argyle player Hargreaves, though, has been quick to make several additions to his squad, as the Gulls look to bounce back into the Football League.
Most notable to the Green Army will be the acquisition of former Pilgrim Luke Young, who made the cross-Devon move, having been released from Home Park at the end of the season. Joining Luke in the English Riviera are Ryan Bowman, formerly of York City, and Louis Briscoe, who was a Mansfield player last term.
Former Dagenham & Redbridge goalkeeper Jordan Seabright has also joined United, as have Toby Ayala – following a successful trial – and Angus MacDonald, who has enjoyed two loan spells as a gull in recent seasons.
Torquay started their 2014-2015 pre-season campaign off with a comfortable 3-0 victory against Dorchester, scoring all three goals in the second half.
The Gulls then travelled to recently-relegated Yeovil Town three days later. United found themselves behind twice before equalising three minutes from time, the game ending in a 2-2 draw.
Torquay’s only home fixture during pre-season thus far has been against League 1 side Walsall, with the Yellows giving their fans something to cheer about with a 2-1 victory over the Saddlers.
Tickets for the game are priced at £10 for adults, £7 for over 65s and students, and £3 for under 16s.
If you cannot make it to Plainmoor, we will have live and exclusive commentary on Argyle Player.