WHAT chance a repeat of Tony Carss' wonder goal when Torquay United visit the Galpharm tomorrow?

The much-travelled midfielder really made his mark when the Devonians were beaten 1-0 in West Yorkshire last season.

This is how my colleague Mel Booth described the memorable February strike:

"There were four reasons why Town won this excellent game.

"Teamwork, teamwork, teamwork and the best goal ever scored at the Stadium.

"It came 10 minutes from the end of a thoroughly dominant Town performance and proved there's dynamite in the left boot of Tony Carss.

"Teammates and management confirmed he's found adjoining woodland and fields when trying the volleyed corner routine in training at Storthes Hall.

"Yet in this clash, he met Andy Holdsworth's flag kick with perfect precision and drilled an unstoppable shot past the seemingly unbeatable Kevin Dearden to ensure that all bets are off already for Town's goal of the season.

"The 33-year-old goalkeeper, who had a short spell with Town, had starred in a determined defensive effort from Torquay with goalline stops to deny Nathan Clarke (twice) and Carss, when a previous volley took a touch off defender Jason Fowler.

"There was nothing he could do with the winner, though, as the ball flashed past him before he could move.

"Carss was mobbed by his colleagues, who had kept going superbly in the face of fierce resistance, and the Stadium went mad.

"The ex-Oldham man was applauded every step of the way after that - taking corners and even when taking a drink of water near the dug-out!"

There was end-of-season joy, of course, for both clubs, with Torquay pipping Town to the third and final automatic promotion spot on a dramatic final day of the Division II campaign, when they won at Southend and Town could only draw at Cheltenham, before Peter Jackson's side went up via the play-offs, beating Mansfield in Cardiff.

Town are eager to make the end-of-season shoot-outs once again, and victory tomorrow is crucial if they are to get their challenge back on course after a disappointing festive return of five points from a possible 12.

While Dearden has lost his Gulls goalkeeping berth to Icelander Olafur Gottskalksson, Carss is still a firm fixture in the Town midfield.

Some supporters have suggested the former Darlington, Cardiff, Chesterfield, Carlisle and Oldham man has struggled for form this time, but boss Peter Jackson is more than happy with his contribution.

"Tony is a top professional who never lets you down, and the reception he got from the Oldham fans when we went over there shows what a popular player he is," he said.

"He never shirks or hides and he will keep working week in, week out."

TOWN (PROBABLE)

Rachubka, Brown, Holdsworth, Clarke, Sodje (E), Brandon, Worthington, Carss, Schofield, Abbott, Booth or McAliskey. Subs from: Senior, Booth, McAliskey, Mendes, Fowler, Ahmed, Sodje (A), Edwards, Lloyd.

TORQUAY (FROM)

Gottskalksson, Canoville, Taylor, Woods, McGlinchey, Woodman, Boardley, Gosling, Robinson, Russell, Fowler, Hill, Akinfenwa, Bedeau, Constantine, Kuffour Hockley, Phillips, Story, Villis, Pulis, Lopes.