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United press on without Barnes

By This is SouthDevon  |  Posted: March 12, 2010

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SCOTT Rendell and Elliot Benyon both have a chance to force their way back into Torquay United's starting line-up for the visit of Crewe Alexandra tomorrow (3pm).

On-loan striker Ashley Barnes' six-game spell with the Gulls ended yesterday when he was recalled by Plymouth Argyle.

But with Rendell fighting fit again after recovering from a broken arm, and Benyon also in good form, United now have attacking options alongside Chris Zebroski ahead of Crewe's trip to Plainmoor.

"We've got six good games out of Ashley, and we wish him all the best," said Gulls manager Paul Buckle.

"But there's an opportunity for someone else now. Elliot Benyon came on and looked very bright at Darlington, and having Scott Rendell back is a big plus."

Barnes didn't score in his six Gulls appearances, but started each game and played his part in building United's current five-match unbeaten run.

His presence also gave Buckle the option of using Benyon from the bench — that has reaped rewards in several games, and also means the young striker is refreshed and raring for a recall tomorrow.

Buckle also reported that Wayne Carlisle has had two successful days of training without any recurrence of his knee injury, and will be in contention.

Central defender Kieran Charnock is still a doubt despite progressing well in his recovery from a knee injury, while on-loan goalkeeper Michael Poke is back at Southampton being treated for his thigh injury.

He's still 10 days away from a possible return, so Scott Bevan continues in goal.

"Scott Bevan has come in and done brilliantly," added Buckle. "Credit to (goalkeeping coach) Kenny Veysey for keeping both goalkeepers at it.

"Scott's waited for his time and he's in on merit now."

Crewe, on a decent run of three wins and one defeat in six games, could be forced to make at least one change.

Left-back Matt Tootle sustained a 'dead leg' in the 4-2 midweek win over Grimsby, a result which cheered the Gulls.

If Tootle doesn't make it, the only specialist left-back available is transfer-listed Billy Jones, who's already been told he will not be retained in the summer.

Alex boss Dario Gradi MBE, now 68, also gave defender Carl Martin short shrift after he was sent off against the Mariners.

Martin had replaced the injured Tootle.

"Until I can trust him to do as he's told, he won't figure again," said Gradi.

"Whatever ban he gets will be music to my ears." Ouch!

Following tonight's Lincoln-v-Hereford 'six-pointer', there are a few other important fixtures in the League Two relegation scrap tomorrow.

Grimsby are away to Morecambe, Cheltenham travel to Burton Albion, Macclesfield entertain Bury, while doomed Darlington are away to Northampton.

In the Puma Football League Youth Alliance (Under-18) South-West United's in-form Youth team is at home to Yeovil Town tomorrow morning, with a venue to be confirmed.

PHYSIO Aaran Ede has joined Torquay United's backroom staff for the remainder of the 2009/10 season.

Well-qualified Ede has 22 years of experience in the Army Physical Training Corps as well as with football clubs and professional cyclists.

Chief executive Colin Lee said: "Aaran has come to us for the rest of the season with a view to sitting down during the summer and seeing if we are all happy to continue with a permanent role.

"Pete Morgan will continue to work at the club in support of Aaran in a role he is happy with — we want Pete to continue because he has given many seasons' service in a similar position at Plainmoor."

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    Andy, Paignton  |  March 12 2010, 1:44PM

    Good to see yet another 'backroom' staff member being signined up at Plainmoor. There will soon be more staff than players .. perhaps a charity fund raising match could be organised of 'Players v Staff' .. I'm sure Dean Edwards could sort that out .. though he does not appear to be on the Club's website staff list yet.