Football


Former Torquay United defender Chris Todd is back at Plainmoor as under-18s manager and relishing the opportunity to give something back to the club, writes Cameron Weldon. Todd, 38, spent three years at the club from 2007 to 2010 and, having ended his playing days at Truro City in 2018, returned to South Devon last …

Manager Dan Langdon is still pinching himself as Bitton booked their place in the FA Vase quarter-finals last Saturday, writes Gareth Davies. The Western League outfit defeated Sutton Common Rovers 2-1 on home soil with star striker Josh Egan netting a fine brace for Ton. The draw on Monday kept Bitton away from their divisional …

Plymouth Parkway boss Lee Hobbs was left with mixed emotions after his side were paired with Hebburn Town in the FA Vase quarter-finals, writes Gareth Davies. After defeating West Auckland Town at Bolitho Park 2-1 last Saturday, Hobbs and his side will endure a mammoth trip to Tyne & Wear to face the Hornets who, …

With the Football Association expected to set a limit on how often young players can head the ball in training, two youth coaches from Cornwall have sat down with The Independent to discuss their conclusions, writes Tom Howe. Under new coaching guidelines to address health fears, the FA are expected to recommend a reduction in …

Truro City captain Jamie Richards reached a landmark 200 appearances for the club in last weekend’s 2-1 win over Farnborough at Treyew Road, writes Cameron Weldon. After five years at the club, Richards has become quite the fans favourite following a move from Plymouth Argyle in 2015. He was named captain in 2018 following the …

Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll has voiced his displeasure at a small pocket of Glovers fans who criticised him following last weekend’s 1-0 defeat to Woking, writes Tom Howe. The high-flying Glovers put in arguably their worst performance of the season and allowed Woking in to put paid to the recent momentum they had built …

Last weekend, the FA Cup took football’s centre stage and there was the usual talk of romance, giant killing and the other perpetual ingredients that make the oldest knock-out competition the best, writes Gareth Davies. But sadly, for every nudge towards romance, giant-killings, even tin-foil cups on the terraces, there was negativity. This leeriness is …

There aren’t many things left for Martyn Rogers to accomplish at Ladsymead, but the Tiverton manager, in his third spell in charge of the Southern League leaders, is on the verge of something that could eclipse all that has passed before, writes Gareth Davies. Rogers has overseen promotions, back-to-back FA Vase triumphs in 1998 and …