Torquay United’s problems have been increased today, with the news that centre back Ben Gerring has had his existing suspension extended to six games.

During the away 0-0 draw at Gateshead on Saturday 1st October, Gerring received his second red card of the season. As the league was only 13 games old at the time, he was given a four match suspension. However, he has been found guilty of making an offensive gesture whilst leaving the pitch that day. The verdict has resulted in an increase of his ban, meaning he now won’t be available until the start of November.

Player-manager, Kevin Nicholson told the club website, “It’s unfortunate and it’s an experience he’s got to learn from”. 

“It now gives him the best part of three or four weeks to put some serious work in on his fitness and make sure that when he is back and available for selection he’s giving me a headache.”

“He has to a decision to make now, as to whether he uses this in a positive way and comes back fitter and stronger and quicker, or he sulks and feels he’s been hard done to and finds himself down the pecking order.”

The Gulls are struggling this season, and currently find themselves in 18th place in the National League despite having promotional ambitions. This lengthy suspension could hit Nicholson’s plans hard as he tries to turn the club’s fortunes around and climb up the league.

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