As the new football season gets underway tonight with the first round of the Capital One Cup Torquay United’s manager Martin Ling is instead thinking about promotion. The Gulls lost in the League Two play offs in May for the second successive season.
Tonight Championship side Leicester City come to Plainmoor (7.45pm) but it will be a stiff test as Torquay are likely to be without five of their matchday squad. Wingers Danny Stevens and Lloyd Macklin along with fellow injury victims Nathan Craig and Saul Halpin. Billy Bodin is on international duty for Wales Under 21s.
Exeter City also have some injury concerns going into this evening’s game at home to Championship side Crystal Palace (7.45pm). Alan Gow and Matt Oakley both missed the trip to Yeovil for the last of City’s pre-season matches. Full backs Steve Tully and Craig Woodman have also just returned to training. But manager Paul Tisdale told the club’s official website that Kevin Amankwaah and first year pro Jordan Moore-Taylor can deputise in defence if needed.
A large crowd is expected at St James Park for the curtain raiser to the season and the match also sees the return of one of the club’s most popular past players as former trainee Dean Moxey lines up for Crystal Palace. **
Yeovil Town have had an unbeaten pre-season campaign and go into the new season as the West Country’s premier side. The Glovers welcome fellow League One team Colchester United to Huish Park (7.45pm) with only Gavin Williams and Rohan Ince as injury concerns.
Plymouth Argyle will have some sympathy for their opponents Portsmouth (Home Park, 7.45pm). Pompey ‘s financial woes have seen the former Premiership side in freefall and this season will play in League One. But Argyle, who also flirted with liquidation, still need the cash that a cup run can bring to boost their own coffers. Portsmouth might arrive, though, with no senior players. **