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Torquay face an anxious end to the August transfer window

By This is Devon  |  Posted: August 30, 2010

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TORQUAY UNITED may be the Football League's only 100 per cent team, and two points clear at the top of League Two, but Gulls fans face an anxious two days before the August Transfer Window closes.

A gaggle of scouts watched United's 2-1 win at Port Vale on Saturday.

There has been speculation about interest in several members of Paul Buckle's in-form side, including striker Elliot Benyon, 23 at the weekend, and central defender Mark Ellis.

Buckle has already turned down an offer for Ellis, 21, and League One Peterborough United were one of the clubs represented at Vale Park.

United manager Paul Buckle maintained his 'We're Not Looking To Sell' stance after his team had overcome the disappointment of ending their record defensive run to clinch a fourth successive league victory.

That's the first time that Torquay have ever reeled off four wins on the trot at the start of a season.

Nicky Wroe with a penalty and Chris Zebroski gave United a 2-0 lead before Anthony Griffiths' powerful 25-yard shot ended the club's historic 'clean sheet' run after 998 minutes.

Buckle said: "If the record had to go, it needed a good goal to do it, and it was a great strike."

"Port Vale are a really good side, but we were worthy winners.

"We have set the bar quite high for ourselves, and it's up to us to try and maintain that.

"We have to ask ourselves 'How can we get better and keep this run going?"

If fans are looking for Buckle to drop Transfer Window hints in his squad for tomorrow night's Johnstone's Paint Trophy squad at AFC Bournemouth, they could be disappointed.

Buckle dismissed the idea that he might play a weakened team at Dean Court.

"It's a competition we've done well in and we want to do well again," he said.

"Momentum is definitely the key.

"We won't be putting out a reserve team.

"Anyway, we've got a practice game organised for Wednesday for some of the lads who haven't been in the starting eleven."

After the Bournemouth JPT tie, United's next league game is against Southend at Roots Hall on Saturday.

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    MK,London, london  |  August 30 2010, 3:37PM

    Hey, how about adding 90 minutes to that clean sheet record as only normal time plus injury time of a game should count so the Reading match should be included! Bookies disregard extra time for correct scores of games, so the "normal" game against Reading was 90 minutes without conceding.. Extra time was only to find a result - if it had gone to penalties no-one would have counted Reading's scoring penaltis as goals conceded. And when Reading can throw fresh subs on for extra time against defenders who have been on for 2 hours that's different conditions to a normal game.

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    Rich, St Marychurch City Center  |  August 30 2010, 10:56AM

    Say We Are Going up Say We Are Going Up. There,s Only One Team In Devon