Torquay United finally got their season up and running with victory at Maidenhead – but they were made to sweat every inch of the way with the Magpies rallying back from three goals down to set uip a thrilling finish.
Last week’s NLP reported new National League chairman Jack Pearce acknowledging the board needs to show more transparency and address independence, while our manager Gary Johnson was making a plea for a restructuring of promotion between the National League and EFL.
The Gulls were at the lowest ebb in their history during that September of 2018 following relegation to National League South and then winning just three of their first nine games which led to the departure of manager Gary Owers.
Despite creating a host of chances, the Gulls couldn’t break down a resolute Ravens’ side, who are now one point adrift of the top seven – and now manager Gary Johnson is focusing his attentions on next Sunday’s showdown with Stockport County.
After trailing by two goals, United pulled one back through Connor Lemonheigh-Evans before they found themselves a man down after sub Josh Umerah received his marching orders for a second bookable offence, only 20 minutes after coming on.
Balanta struck his sixth league goal of the season ten minutes from time to ensure Daryl McMahon’s side kept their hopes of a late push for the play-offs alive while bouncing back from Tuesday’s defeat to Hartlepool