“We are closing in on the finish line, but there are no champagne corks popping in our dressing room yet,” said a happy Gary Johnson after watching his Torquay United side go seven points clear at the top of the National League South with a power-packed 3-1 win over play-off-chasing Chelmsford City at Plainmoor, Devon Live report.
A near 2,900-crowd roared the Gulls home with goals by Connor Lemonheigh-Evans in the first half and Jamie Reid – his 30th of the season – and sub Jake Andrews in the second.
Reid also had a penalty saved for the second successive match.
The fourth-placed Clarets equalised through Lamar Reynolds before half-time, and they hit the woodwork twice, but they were ultimately swept aside by a United performance which had ‘champions’ written all over it.
Johnson, who was without injured striker Saikou Janneh with a knee injury, beamed: “It’s close now, it’s not a million miles away, but Woking away on Saturday is another key game and we are still keeping calm.
“The mood in the dressing-room is buoyant, but I think all the lads are shattered more than anything.”
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