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Torquay set for Stanley clash

By This is Cornwall  |  Posted: December 04, 2009

<P>On-loan Tottenham full-back Adam Smith should be fit to face Accrington Stanley tomorrow</P>

On-loan Tottenham full-back Adam Smith should be fit to face Accrington Stanley tomorrow

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TORQUAY United are planning to train at Premier League Blackburn Rovers today ahead of tomorrow's Coca-Cola League Two clash at Accrington Stanley.

United manager Paul Buckle is anxious to build on United's emphatic 3-0 League win over Cheltenham Town on Tuesday night and maintain the momentum from the Gulls' biggest win of the season and, arguably, their most rewarding performance since regaining Football League status.

Yesterday the Gulls' boss said: "The plan is to leave early and train at Blackburn Rovers when we get up there. We want to prepare as well as we can for the game at Accrington Stanley."

Blackburn's training facilities are at Brockhall, a Ribble Valley village just north of Blackburn.

Buckle is boosted by the news that on-loan teenage Tottenham Hotspur left-back Adam Smith is fit again after taking a late knock in Tuesday night's win.

The England Under-19 defender was forced to limp out on 89 minutes and was replaced by experienced left-back Kevin Nicholson for the remainder of the game.

Yesterday Buckle was pleased to report: "Everybody is fit and raring to go."

The United manager will be forced to make at least one change to his winning line-up as central defender Mark Ellis received his fifth caution of the season during the second half of Tuesday's win and is suspended for the Stanley trip.

Ellis was recalled to replace suspended Kieran Charnock, who makes a timely return to slot back into the back four alongside central defender Chris Robertson. Both Charnock and Robertson are on four bookings heading into the match.

Buckle confirmed that 22-year-old forward Marvin Williams has been released by the club ahead of today's trip to the north-west.

Williams' first team appearances have been limited since teaming up with Torquay on September 1 on a short-term deal.

His sole start for the Gulls was in the 2-0 home defeat by Grimsby Town in mid-September while he has also made three appearances from the substitutes' bench, the last in last month's 1-1 draw at Shrewsbury Town as a 67th-minute replacement for target man Tim Sills.

Former Brentford and Yeovil Town forward Williams previously spent a loan spell at Plainmoor in March 2007, from Millwall. He scored on his Gulls' debut, a 3-0 home win over Wycombe Wanderers.

Meanwhile United's FA Youth Cup third-round home tie against Millwall has been moved to Tuesday, December 15.

The tie was originally due to take place at Plainmoor next week but has been moved back in the calendar as the Gulls' first team visit Stockport County next Tuesday in the FA Cup second round.

The winners of next Tuesday's FA Cup tie host Gus Poyet's League One Brighton & Hove Albion in the third round of the competition.

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