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Torquay & York in the spotlight

14 June 2013

With the 2013/14 League 2 fixtures due to be released on Wednesday, takes a look at who the Wanderers will be up against next season.

th Last season: 19
Distance from Adams Park: 199 miles
Postcode: TQ1 3PS
Rating from last season’s Following the Blues feature: 8/10
Ground:  Plainmoor (6,104)
Manager: Alan Knill
Torquay United

A disastrous run of seven consecutive defeats and 11 games without a win pulled the Gulls into a relegation dogfight, but United eventually survived by two points thanks to two wins and a draw from their final three games.

An illness to manager Martin Ling disrupted Torquay’s season with Alan Knill taking temporary charge and Knill has since been handed the reins on a full-time basis.

Rene Howe top scored with 16 goals, but he has not signed a new deal at Plainmoor and it’s doubtful that he will start the season in Devon.

How the Wanderers fared: Gareth Ainsworth’s men completed the double over Torquay last season. Goals from Gary Doherty and Josh Scowen’s first professional effort earned the Blues a 2-1 victory at Adams Park, before Ainsworth inspired the Chairboys to a similar scoreline at Plainmoor.

Matt McClure scored the winner nine minutes from time after Sam Wood had cancelled out Ryan Jarvis’ first-half effort. 

York City 

th Last season: 17
Distance from Adams Park: 205 miles
Postcode: YO30 7AQ
Rating from last season’s Following the Blues feature: 8/10
Ground:  Bootham Crescent (7,872)
Manager: Nigel Worthington

York had looked set for a comfortable end to their first season back in the Football League, but a run of 16 games without a win left them precariously close to relegation and led to Gary Mills’ dismissal.

Nigel Worthington took over and halted the slide and the Minstermen finished the season strongly with four wins in their last five games.

How the Wanderers fared: York were another side that the Blues secured maximum points from, and they did so in style with two comfortable victories.

Matt Bloomfield opened the scoring on the first day of the league season as the Chairboys won 3-1 at Bootham Crescent. Sam Wood added a second with Wanderers’ goal of the season, before Stuart Beavon wrapped up the points.

It was even more convincing when the teams met at Adams Park in February as the Blues romped to a 4-0 success.

A brace of penalties from Dean Morgan set Ainsworth’s side on their way, before Joel Grant and Dave Winfield settled the contest and recorded Wycombe’s biggest win of the season.

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