Saturday also sees the first of the npower League 2 Play-Offs get underway when Torquay United host Shrewsbury Town at 5.45pm.

The Shrews will go into the double header having won seven of their last nine matches and they only narrowly missed out on automatic promotion, with Wycombe pipping them to the final place on the last day of the season.

Despite the initial disappointment Manager Graham Turner insists his side have put that firmly behind them and are ready for action.

Speaking to the Shrewsbury Chronicle he said:"We've not done too badly towards the end of the season and we're the form side going into the Play-Offs with seven wins and a draw from the last nine matches.

"We've got to take a lot of confidence into the Play-Offs.

"Any disappointment that we didn't make it up automatically, that's now gone, and it's all geared up now to go down to Torquay and make sure we do a better job than we did last time down there.

"This is a Play-Off situation where four teams are involved, any one of which, with a bit of luck, could do it.

"We have been the best of the four, finishing fourth, we are in good form, so naturally enough most people would make us favourites on that basis."

Torquay, who secured the final Play-Off place on the final day of the season, go into the match without a win in their last five after four draws and a 3-1 defeat at Rotherham United at the weekend.

But the Gulls have plenty of experience in the Play-Offs, after three campaigns in their last four season's eventually culminating in their promotion to the Football League in 2009.

Now Manager Paul Buckle is eyeing up another big step:"Obviously we lost the game [at Rotherham], so I wasn't too pleased with that but what a way to get back on top of your game, knowing you're in the Play-Offs after a long hard season," he told

"There has been a lot of work gone in and we deserve to be in there, and we're going to try and give it all we've got to take it one step further."

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When the sides last met in March it was an afternoon to forget for the Shrews who suffered their heaviest defeat of the season, going down 5-0 at Plainmoor.

Gavin Tomlin gave the home side the lead after just five minutes and it remained that way until half time, although the visitors had a mountain climb when defender Jermaine Grandison was sent off just before the break.

The Gulls took full advantage of their extra man in the second period and two goals in two minutes from Jake Robinson, on loan from Shrewsbury, secured the points. His first on 54 came from the penalty spot before his second goal made it 3-0. Chris Zebroski added a fourth before Shrews skipper Ian Sharps put through his own net to complete a miserable day in Devon.

The previous meeting at the Greenhous Meadow ended all square at one apiece after Elliott Benyon equalised from the penalty spot after Jake Robinson had given the Shrews the lead.

Robinson seems to have a good record in this fixture and he faces the odd situation of trying to get to Wembley, at the expense of his parent club, but if it is the Shrews who get there he could still feature in the final.

In total these two sides have met 65 times with Torquay currently leading the head to head by 29 to 23, while 13 matches have ended all square.

Graham Turner's side last won in the English Riviera back in 1999 on the final day of the season. Two goals from Steve Kerrigan and another from Lee Steele, all before the break, gave them a 3-0 win.

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