Bower targets survival

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There will be segregation in place, and Torquay United supporters are asked to use turnstiles five and six.

Lions boss Mark Bower is looking for his side to retain their place in the Vanarama National League next season with a win against Torquay United at Nethermoor on Saturday (5.30).

The visitors currently lie 17th in the table following a successful second half of the season, after finding themselves bottom for much of the campaign.

The Gulls secured safety in their last away game with a 2-0 win at Bromley on April 16th, and they are unbeaten on the road for over a month.

The Lions’ last win came at Nethermoor after a blistering first half performance against Wrexham, but it was followed by 1-0 defeats at Macclesfield and Boreham Wood respectively.

After Saturday’s loss, Mark said, “In that second half, we had so many chances to come back and not just draw but win the game.”

“We are in the bottom four and we’ve not been there all season, so it’s a hard one to take.”

Chairman Phil Rogerson also spoke before the final fixture of the season. “It would be amazing to stay up, absolutely.”

“We obviously need to get as many fans there as possible to get behind the team and roar them on. Hopefully, we will have a decent crowd and a good atmosphere.”

“But hopefully, the gods will be smiling on us on Saturday.”

However, Mark did see some positive signs, particularly in the Lions’ second-half display. “If we can start like that against Torquay and play as well as we did in the second half at Boreham Wood, then we will be able to win.”

“The only thing we can do is go and win on Saturday and hope things go our way elsewhere – that will put the pressure on the teams who are in the same boat as us.”