Shrewsbury v Torquay preview

Date published: Friday 23rd September 2011 1:24

Ian Sharps and Shane Cansdell-Sherriff are unlikely to return for Shrewsbury.

The central defensive partners, who sustained respective calf and hamstring injuries in last weekend’s victory at Port Vale, missed Tuesday’s 3-1 Carling Cup defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates, where Town took the lead.

Skipper Sharps is making good progress with his recovery but the game is set to come too soon, while Cansdell-Sherriff faces another couple of weeks out.

Manager Graham Turner faces a welcome selection dilemma in attack as Terry Gornell returns from his three-match suspension and will push James Collins all the way for a starting berth after his opener threatened a major upset against the Gunners.

Otherwise, there are not expected to be too many, if any, changes to Town’s XI as they come up against a Gulls side who dumped them out in the semi-finals of the play-offs last season.

Lloyd Macklin and Daniel Leadbitter are pushing for a starting place in Martin Ling’s Torquay side.

Macklin has been struggling with a calf problem for two weeks, but has now made a full recovery and scored a stunning goal for the club’s reserves against Bournemouth in midweek.

Ling was at Dean Court to see the strike – a classy finish at the end of a blistering 60-yard run – and will no doubt take the winger’s impressive performance into consideration when selecting his Gulls side this weekend.

Defender Leadbitter has yet to make his debut for his new club since joining from Newcastle in the summer, but came through 90 minutes of the same second-string clash unscathed and may feature.

Otherwise, Ling has a fully-fit squad to choose from.

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Shrewsbury v Torquay preview

Date published: Thursday 19th May 2011 12:51

Captain Ian Sharps is battling to be fit in time for Shrewsbury.

The defender was troubled by a hernia towards the end of the regular season while a thigh and groin problem forced him off after just 25 minutes of the first leg at Plainmoor.

Sharps is rated as a doubt but Shrews boss Graham Turner is leaving no stone unturned in a bid to get his inspirational leader fit.

Right-back David Raven is in the same boat as Sharps as he looks to recover from the thigh strain that ruled him out on Saturday.

The game has fallen on the day of the club’s 125th anniversary and Shrewsbury will hope to make it a double celebration by overturning a 2-0 first-leg deficit and setting up an Old Trafford final against either Stevenage or Accrington.

Torquay boss Paul Buckle has no injuries or suspensions to contend with as his side look to finish off the job.

The Gulls take a 2-0 lead to Greenhous Meadow on Friday night, with goals from Chris Zebroski and Eunan O’Kane in Saturday’s first leg putting them on course to reach the final.

Buckle, who has been linked with the managerial vacancy at Bristol Rovers, could name an unchanged side after an impressive performance in the first leg, with on-loan forward Jake Robinson once again expected to line-up against his parent club.

If the Devon outfit see off Graham Turner’s side, they will face either Stevenage or Accrington in the final as they look to secure promotion via the play-offs for the second time in the last three seasons.

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Shrewsbury v Torquay preview

Date published: Friday 1st October 2010 10:20

Shrewsbury boss Graham Turner will check on the availability of Sean McAllister ahead of the home clash against Torquay.

The midfielder was ruled out for around a week having been forced off early in last Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Wycombe, duly missing the 1-0 defeat at leaders Port Vale on Tuesday.

Turner is unlikely to take any risks with McAllister’s fitness, though, and will assess his condition ahead of the visit of a Torquay side winless in six matches in all competitions. Kevin McIntyre will again featured if required.

Lionel Ainsworth returned at Vale Park after being rested due to a groin strain and he should again feature.

Defender Shane Cansdell-Sherriff also started in midweek after winning his battle to recover from a dead leg and, again, is expected to start on Saturday.

Torquay are set to be boosted by the return of fit-again central defender Mark Ellis as they seek to bounce back from two home defeats against the Shrews.

Ellis has recovered from a foot injury that forced him to miss Saturday’s 3-1 defeat by Macclesfield and kept him on the bench throughout Tuesday’s 1-0 loss to Aldershot.

Midfielder Damon Lathrope (ankle) debuted in the game against the Shots but was forced to leave the field during the early stages.

Lathrope was replaced by Wayne Carlisle but returning skipper Nicky Wroe is expected to take Lathrope’s place in the starting XI on Saturday.

Torquay have not won in five league matches with their last victory coming on August 28 when they secured an away win at Port Vale.

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