Torquay United 4 Nuneaton Town 0
6th September, 2014;
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton News;
Nuneaton were well beaten as Torquay ran out easy winners at Plainmoor.
In the eighth minute the home side went close to breaking the deadlock, skipper Luke Young firing a low free-kick from 25-yards that skimmed across the ground and out off the near post.
The Gulls continued to look dangerous after that but it was the Boro who came closest to scoring next, Ryan Smith desperately unlucky to see his effort just inside the box fantastically saved by Martin Rice.
That save was given more importance on the 20 minute mark as it was the home side – through the dangerous Young – who did indeed score first.
Once again the skipper tried his luck from distance, this time a fortunate bobble in the six-yard box meaning the effort was well out of the reach of the diving Charles-Cook.
Young was enjoying his afternoon and in the 28th minute he put his side firmly in the driving seat with a truly wonderful improvised finish.
The skipper was found in the penalty area by Duane Ofori-Acheampong, but he did superbly well to find the back of the net from there with a wonderful back-heel flick.
Nuneaton were well in the game up until the first goal and it seemed like they simply faded away after that. One became two and two became three – and there was nothing special about the third whatsoever.
A far post corner evaded the whole Boro defence, allowing Aaron Downes the seemingly easy task of heading home from close range.
Brian Reid tried to shake things up a bit at half-time, bringing on Jack Dyer for Lee Fowler, but the change did not alter the pattern of play.
Torquay had stretched their lead just 15 minutes into the half and once again the Boro had only themselves to blame.
A toe-poked shot-cum-cross by Toby Ajala seemed to pass through a crowd of players in the Boro box, remarkably finding Ryan Bowman unmarked at the far post where he had the simple task of prodding home past Charles-Cook.
The goal knocked the remaining stuffing out of Boro, but luckily for Reid and his side it also saw the home side drop down the gears once again.
The Gulls were content to play some 'ole' football, knocking it around with the confidence a 4-0 lead after an hour gives a team.
This approach led to tempers rising in the Boro team – and it was no surprise when they were reduced to ten men with two minutes remaining.
Anton Brown had only just been booked when he picked up his second yellow of the afternoon after a scuffle with Angus MacDonald.