The English Riviera is always a popular destination during the summer months with Torquay’s promenade usually thronged with sun-seeking holiday-makers, however on a wet Tuesday evening in March, it can be a pretty dismal place to be, especially for travelling fans of northern and midland clubs.
Torquay can be a seriously long journey for fans of such clubs as Barrow, Gateshead and even Solihull Moors, therefore in all fairness they won’t be too disheartened were Torquay to drop down into the National league South at the end of the season. This is looking to be a distinct possibility as things stand with The Gulls sitting precariously in the National League relegation zone.
Just a single point separates Torquay from relative safety although their recent form makes us less-than-optimistic about their chances of escaping the drop. The Gulls have managed just a single victory in their last nine outings and this was against second-from-bottom club Southport. Against sides higher up the division Torquay have struggled and whilst tonight’s opponents are plying their trade in the bottom half of the league table, this certainly won’t be a walk in the park for the visitors.
Hosts Solihull Moors have been far from their best in recent weeks with back-to-back defeats against Forest Green Rovers and Barrow, however these are both promotion contenders and Solihull have been particularly solid against sides in the lower half of the league table. Indeed the South Coast side have won just once away from home since November and there is little evidence to suggest that they will manage a second tonight at Damson Park.
That said, the visitors have managed goals in all-but-two of their last eight outings and they should find the net tonight although this will almost certainly be a consolation effort in a home victory.