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Torquay United 3-1 Braintree Town

Brett Williams scored twice as Torquay gave their National League survival bid a massive boost with a 3-1 comeback victory against fellow relegation strugglers Braintree.

The visitors took just eight minutes to open the scoring, Chez Isaac delivering a great free-kick which Manny Parry headed in from close range for his second goal of the season.

The Gulls thought they had equalised in the 36th minute when Williams latched on to a blocked clearance to fire home the loose ball with a low shot, but referee Craig Hicks disallowed it after consulting with his assistant.

However, five minutes later Williams did level with a low shot into the bottom corner to give Torquay a lifeline and then added a second seven minutes after the break, rifling home a loose ball inside the area.

Williams nearly scored a hat-trick when his header struck the post and although the Iron later hit the crossbar, Jordan Lee made the points safe in the final minute to leave the Gulls just a point away from safety with two games to go.

Match report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Torquay

  • 1Moore
  • 3Rowe-Turner
  • 12Verma
  • 14Williams
  • 5GallifuocoBooked at 75mins
  • 15McGinty
  • 8YoungBooked at 43mins
  • 17Anderson
  • 31LeeBooked at 89mins
  • 19KeatingBooked at 62mins
  • 18Reid

Substitutes

  • 4Lathrope
  • 6Gerring
  • 7Chaney
  • 9Harrad
  • 33Nicholson

Braintree

  • 22Beasant
  • 3Okimo
  • 8Isaac
  • 11Braham-BarrettSubstituted forHall-Johnsonat 66'minutes
  • 4Lee
  • 18Goodman
  • 7Midson
  • 20CorneSubstituted forBarnardat 78'minutes
  • 29Parry
  • 27ClohessyBooked at 77mins
  • 23Cheek

Substitutes

  • 6Ashton
  • 9Barnard
  • 17Hall-Johnson
  • 26Twardek
  • 36Farrell
Referee:
Craig Hicks
Attendance:
2,580

Live Text

Match ends, Torquay United 3, Braintree Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Torquay United 3, Braintree Town 1.

Goal!

Goal! Torquay United 3, Braintree Town 1. Jordan Lee (Torquay United).

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Lee Barnard replaces Sam Corne.

Booking

Sean Clohessy (Braintree Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Booking

Giancarlo Gallifuoco (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, Braintree Town. Reece Hall-Johnson replaces Craig Braham-Barrett.

Booking

Ruairi Keating (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

Goal! Torquay United 2, Braintree Town 1. Brett Williams (Torquay United).

Second Half

Second Half begins Torquay United 1, Braintree Town 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Torquay United 1, Braintree Town 1.

Booking

Luke Young (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

Goal! Torquay United 1, Braintree Town 1. Brett Williams (Torquay United).

Goal!

Goal! Torquay United 0, Braintree Town 1. Manny Parry (Braintree Town).

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City43297780384294
2Tranmere44278974383689
3Forest Green442591084523284
4Dag & Red442551477522580
5Aldershot4421131061372476
6Dover432361479572275
7Barrow4419151068501872
8Gateshead4418131368491967
9Macclesfield43206176153866
10Bromley44177205665-958
11Wrexham441512174659-1357
12Eastleigh441414165560-556
13Maidstone United43168195772-1556
14Boreham Wood441413174744355
15Sutton United441412185661-554
16Chester441410206164-352
17Woking44149216478-1451
18Solihull Moors44149215974-1551
19Guiseley441310214865-1749
20York441115185267-1548
21Braintree44139225172-2148
22Torquay441211215060-1047
23North Ferriby United44123293277-4539
24Southport44108265092-4238
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