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Tonbridge Angels manager Steve McKimm responds to comments from Torquay United boss Gary Johnson before FA Trophy tie

Tonbridge are looking forward to taking on Torquay in the FA Trophy - they just hope the Gulls turn up.

The teams meet at Longmead in the third round on Saturday, with Angels boss Steve McKimm hoping for a crowd of 1,000 as his side bid to upset last season’s beaten National League play-off finalists.

Tonbridge Angels manager Steve McKimm Picture: Dave Couldridge
Tonbridge Angels manager Steve McKimm Picture: Dave Couldridge

Gulls manager Gary Johnson suggested he didn’t know too much about Tonbridge in a recent interview.

And McKimm said: “Gary Johnson said he’d have to find us, so I hope they find us and we can play against them. Was it tongue-in-cheek? I don’t know.

“It should be a good game and we’re looking forward to it.

“It’s a big club coming down and a good management team - if they can find us.”

Tonbridge, who drew 2-2 with Dulwich last weekend, face a Torquay side on good form after back-to-back wins over Weymouth and Stockport.

McKimm is without cup-tied strikers Jake Embery and new signing Adam Coombes, and there are injury concerns over Tom Parkinson, Craig Braham-Barrett, Doug Loft and Adam Lovatt.

It’ll be a case of seeing who's available to take on the former Football League outfit.

“It’s one of those,” said McKimm. “We’ve got to get on with it and get a team sorted.

“They’re a good side - they didn’t get to the play-off final for no reason - and they’ve come into some form.

“We’ll have our work cut out to get anything but we’ll do the best we can with the resources we’ve got and give them a good game.

"We’ve got Jake Embery and Adam Coombes cup-tied and a few on the treatment table, which always seems to happen to us.

“Torquay were in Conference South themselves a couple of years ago and I hope they don’t take us lightly because we’ll be giving it our best shot. It’ll be an interesting game.

“We’re hoping for a decent crowd. We had nearly 800 against Dulwich and if we could get 1,000 that would be fantastic.”

Joe Turner’s penalty and an Aaron Smith-Joseph goal put Tonbridge on course to beat Dulwich but the high-flying visitors grabbed a late equaliser.

McKimm praised captain Sonny Miles, who shook off the effects of a bug to play after only two hours’ sleep.

“He’d been rough all night,” said McKimm. “It was touch and go whether he’d play but he went for a run in the morning, declared himself fit, got through the game and went straight home back to bed.

"He wanted to play - he didn’t want to let anyone down. All credit to him.”

Coombes, the former Welling striker, made his debut as a second-half substitute after signing from Cray.

McKimm said: “He came on and did well. Hopefully he’ll hit the ground running and do what he’s always done and score lots of goals.”

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