Stevenage v Torquay preview

Date published: Friday 27th May 2011 3:25

Influential centre-back Jon Ashton is touch and go for Stevenage.

Boro’s player of the season is still struggling with the calf strain that forced him to miss the second leg of the semi-final triumph over Accrington, with Darren Murphy coming in at the Crown Ground as the only change from the first leg.

Ashton is one of just several players battling knocks although manager Graham Westley expects adrenaline to get them through.

Westley is keeping the identity of those players close to his chest although he is boosted by the return of midfielder John Mousinho after a three-match suspension.

Mousinho missed both legs of the semi-final but comes back into the fold at Old Trafford, although defender Luke Foster serves the final instalment of his four-match ban.

Torquay head into the encounter with a fully-fit squad.

Gulls boss Paul Buckle had no injuries or suspensions to contend with for either leg of his side’s semi-final triumph over Shrewsbury and that remains the case at Old Trafford.

Buckle named an unchanged XI for both encounters against Shrews and will likely keep faith the same starting line-up this time around, with just 90 minutes separating Torquay from a place in League One next season.

“Team news is all good,” Buckle told the club’s official website. “We have one more training season up in Manchester on Friday, which will be a light session and more tactical than anything else.

“We trained at tempo again on Thursday and I was worried about some of the tackles, but we got through it.”

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