Torquay United season 'still alive' after reaching FA Trophy semis

By Brent PilnickBBC Sport
Chris Hargreaves
Chris Hargreaves reached the 2008 FA Trophy final with Torquay United as a player

Torquay's season is "still alive" after their FA Trophy win over FC United of Manchester says boss Chris Hargreaves.

Ryan Bowman's 81st minute goal took the Gulls through to the semi-finals where they will face FC Halifax Town or Wrexham over two legs.

"It means that we can grab onto something that we haven't had to grab onto recently in the league," he said.

"It means that our season is alive and it means we've got a chance of playing at Wembley," Hargreaves told BBC Sport.

FA Trophy semi-final draw
Dover Athletic or Bath City v North Ferriby United
FC Halifax Town or Wrexham v Torquay United
1st leg on Saturday 21 February, 2nd leg on Saturday 28 February

The Gulls have not won a league game since 9 December when they but have won four times against lower-league opposition in the FA Trophy.

"We overachieved at the start of the season, we probably underachieved recently, but this cup competition has been our salvation and long may it continue," Hargreaves added.

"Getting back up into the league is the ultimate, I want the club to get the money from the league so we're not going to struggle.

"If we don't do that, winning the FA Trophy would be a good second," he said.

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