Half-time pie was major attraction for long-distance fans
MORECAMBE's pies have long had a reputation of being the best around, I could not disagree with this analysis during the half time break at the Globe Arena, my meat and potato pie with added gravy was the clear highlight of the match so far.
Just the seven loyal and spirited souls used the travel club for this week's epic pilgrimage north.
The magnificent seven set off from the bay at 6.30am and arrived on the Lancashire coast some five hours later remaining in good spirits throughout the arduous trek.
With time to kill we decided on a detour to the seafront which transpired to signify a town in deep decline.
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I was surprised to see an area looking run down and in decay, a paradox against the excellent, modern facilities of the still new Globe Arena less than a mile from the coast.
Refuelled after drinks and dinner at the nearby carvery, the parking attendant at the ground cast a suspicious eye at the seven seater car masquerading as the official travel club transport for the day, before guiding us in to park next to the official TUFC team coach.
A warm pleasant day allowed for a rare away day where my arms could attract a bit of sun, my new shirt and scarf – always worn with pride – getting their first outings away from home.
Around 150 fans made the journey, an impressive number when you consider the ever escalating costs and logistics of watching lower league football.
The home side dominated a first half which saw Torquay struggle, truth be told we were fortuitous to go into the break with just a one goal deficit. Such a disappointing display forced me to seek solace in the much lauded aforementioned local fare.
The second half was completely different with The Gulls having the upper hand. New signing Karl Hawley scored a 'cracker' from distance – worthy of the entrance fee alone – and with that Torquay's confidence and fluency on the ball improved.
Several near misses had my head in my hands as our heroes tried valiantly to find the winner which would prove elusive. However, the nature of our second half play encouraged me about the potential of our team at this fledgling stage of the season,
It wouldn't be a typical Torquay match without a nail-biting last few minutes, today this came courtesy of Dale Tonge's dismissal and led to a spell of late Morecambe pressure including a shot which cannoned off the post, I battled to maintain my composure.
A draw represented a fair result and time and money well spent. It felt good to get back into the groove of travelling away and ticking one of the longer ones off the list. There will be plenty more tales from the north to come this season.
The magnificent seven had enjoyed another great day out following our special club and experienced an incident-free return trip
It would be six and a half hours until I stepped in through my front door, all journey home I had looked forward to seeing Hawley's humdinger again on the TV, sadly I was asleep by the time the league two highlights finally came on.