09:12AM, Wednesday 04 October 2017
Torquay United 4, Maidenhead United 0
KICK-OFF at Plainmoor was delayed by half an hour, as Maidenhead United’s coach was held up in traffic en route to the ground.
And clearly many of the Magpies’ players left their heads on the coach as bottom-club Torquay United sent them spinning to their heaviest defeat of the season so far.
Torquay were winless in the National League coming into last night’s fixture, but, if they were lacking confidence you wouldn’t have known it as they set about dismantling what’s been a solid Magpies’ back line this campaign.
The home side struck four times in the opening half to blow the Magpies off course and record a first league victory at the 14th time of asking.
If the Magpies last away display at Chester had been bad then this was much, much worse. But perhaps it should be looked at more as an aberration, their slow start matching their painfully slow journey to South Devon.
Torquay wasted little time in asserting their dominance over their leggy, lacklustre visitors. Josh McQuoid headed in the game’s opening goal after only four minutes and Luke Young picked out the bottom corner of Carl Pentney’s net a mere eight minutes later.
More sloppy defending allowed Rhys Murphy to make it 3-0 from close range in the 21st minute and a first half to forget from a Magpies’ perspective was completed when Jamie Reid got the home side’s fourth a minute before the break.
Alan Devonshire’s men were much improved after the interval, but failed to find a consolation goal their play just about deserved. Sam Barratt fizzed in a low cross which Jake Hyde just failed to turn over before Barratt slammed another effort from distance just over the crossbar.
Chinedu McKenzie and Adrian Clifton combined well in the closing stages to carve out some chances but the Magpies were denied by Toquay keeper Dorel.
The loss, Maidenhead’s third on the bounce away from home, leaves the Magpies in 13th place while basement boys Torquay moved to within a point of second from bottom Solihull Moors.
The management team will be seeking a reaction from the players when they host Aldershot Town on Saturday, 3pm kick-off.
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