Manager Gary Owers believes that staying power and stability will prove a major weapon as Torquay United bid for National League South promotion over a long season, report Devon Live.

Owers’ rebuilt Gulls halted a worrying spell of four games without a win or a goal by beating Hemel Hempstead Town 2-0 at Plainmoor last Saturday. But they have slipped nine points adrift of early leaders Woking, who have won seven of their first eight matches.

United, who meet Chippenham Town at home this Saturday, entertain the Cards at Plainmoor on September 29.

“No, I’m not worried about where Woking are at the minute,” said Owers, who was able to make two lively loan signings in Jake Andrews and Opi Edwards from Bristol City at the end of last week.

“I know this division well. It takes longer to settle down than others, and it’s harder to predict what’s going to happen in the end.

“There are always clubs who throw money at it during the summer and then run into problems as the season goes on.

“Even now, there are clubs trying to offload players to ease their wage-bills, and we’re only eight games in.

“We’re still developing as a squad, and I believe we will get better and stronger as the season goes on.”

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