Torquay United manager Gary Johnson takes his Gulls to Stockport County on Saturday (3pm), for a match-up between two promoted clubs, insisting that the step up from the NL South to the National League is more demanding than the next one to the EFL’s League Two.

One pundit has mischievously dubbed the game at Edgeley Park as the ‘NL Super Cup’ because it pits the champions of last season’s NL South and North against each other.

But both Torquay, on one win in six after the 3-2 midweek home defeat by Eastleigh, and Stockport have suddenly stuttered after promising spells at this higher level.

“There’s is a big jump between the National South and the ‘Conference’ ” says Johnson.

“But when you get to the Conference, there is not that much bigger gap between there and League Two.

“The teams that have come down are not flying away with this league.”

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