Torquay United: Aaron Downes up for FA Trophy, says boss

Aaron Downes
Downes has scored 15 goals for Torquay United since he signed in the summer of 2012

Torquay boss Chris Hargreaves says the FA Trophy represents a chance for Aaron Downes "to do something in his career".

The Gulls host FC United of Manchester in the quarter-finals next week and the tournament is likely to be the club's best chance of silverware this season.

"He's up for the fight," said Hargreaves of the 29-year-old defender.

"He wants to do something in his career, he's never achieved a final or a promotion and he wants to do that here, and I want him to do that."

After Torquay on Saturday, Hargreaves's side are 14th in the Conference, seven points off the play-offs and have not won as league game since 9 December.

"We're all frustrated that we're not closer in the league after the start we had, but we still have the opportunity to get to a final so the game next week becomes vastly important for me and my players," Hargreaves told BBC Radio Devon.

"I've had a report sent through and we know the dangers and areas we might be able to exploit."

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