THE looks of happiness on the punters faces as they stream away from Plainmoor said it all; Saturday had been a satisfying afternoon's entertainment at HQ.
It took a little while longer than many may have hoped and anticipated but Torquay United are up and running at TQ1 for the season.
After two mammoth (and disappointingly fruitless) away trips, it was with great relief that Saturday allowed me both a lie in and a respite on my wallet.
My empty endeavours north made the trip over to Plainmoor a slightly less enthusiastic one, but as soon as we were parked up and walking towards the ground football fever had its bear-hug hold over me once again.
I took my pew on the pop-side on a welcome mild afternoon and set about dissecting the previous weeks action to those smart enough not to go.
I sense a nervous sort of atmosphere filling the air as the ground fills up- many no doubt concerned about our league position.
The match offered an ideal opportunity to gauge how well we were doing: our opponents having experiencing an equally frustrating campaign.
Any nerves present were alleviated with our early opening goal amid chaos in the Cheltenham defence. So often it is that little bit of luck that can set the wheels of momentum rolling, there were definite elements of fortune surrounding both our opening goals and our half time lead, as a football fan you learn to snatch those moments with both hands.
The performance of everyone's favourite pantomime villain, referee Mr Deadman, once again had the natives perplexed and worried in equal measure. But the perceived injustices seemed to spur both the crowd and players on.
The second half was a cracker, it had everything you need to keep you engrossed. The best games are those that could go either way and Saturday's result was in doubt right up until Chappel settled it at the death with his superb finish.
It was a classic lower league match between two honest, hard-working sets of players, new-comers to Plainmoor would hopefully have been hooked by the blood and thunder action.
It was good news that Torquay played well at home, and won. The longer it took, potentially attendances could suffer and frustrations grow.
Promotions are not achieved in September, some good struggle for consistency early in the season, some good teams peak after Christmas and in the run in.
We just need to pick up points and continue to improve as a team. Our win over Cheltenham was simply a good platform to build on.