The urgency of Torquay United’s situation at the bottom of the National League is not lost on Gary Owers, and the Gulls’ new head coach looks like tackling it head-on.

Buoyed by a long-awaited first win of the season, 4-0 against Maidenhead United in midweek, United fans – and Owers – expected more than the way they were comfortably beaten by promotion-chasing Dover Athletic 2-0 at Plainmoor on Saturday.

t wasn’t so much the result, which was hardly a shock, but the fact that United, unchanged from the Maidenhead victory, tested Dover goalkeeper Mitch Walker only once all afternoon and never really looked like following up their midweek success.

“I have to do whatever I need to do to get us of the situation, and I will,” said Owers.

“I won’t wait another four or five weeks for players to show me what they can do – I need it now.”

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