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AFC Telford United 4-3 Torquay United

AFC Telford United manager Liam Watson
Liam Watson is in his second season in charge of AFC Telford United

Telford secured their first win of the Conference season by beating Torquay in a seven-goal classic at the Bucks Head.

Mike Grogan put Telford ahead early on before goals from Angus MacDonald and Ryan Bowman saw Torquay go 2-1 up.

Rod McDonald levelled by half-time but Toby Ajala's red card left the Gulls with 10 men for the last half hour.

Steve Akrigg's looping header restored the Bucks' lead before Josh Wakefield equalised on 71 minutes before sub Adam Farrell stabbed home a late winner.

Torquay finished with nine men, after Aaron Downes was sent off in injury time, also for a foul on Bucks right wing-back Ryan Higgins.

Ajala's 57th-minute foul on Higgins was after a second yellow card, but Downes' bad challenge a minute into stoppage time was a straight red.

Telford are still two points adrift at the bottom, going into Tuesday night's home game with Chester.

AFC Telford manager Liam Watson told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"I don't have to worry about grey hair now. I'm simply made up for the lads and the fans. The last two weeks have been really tough but we looked a strong side.

"We dominated the first half an hour. To concede from three set pieces isn't good enough. But the lads had massive confidence coming out for the second half after the equaliser on the stroke of half time.

"The win in midweek (against Market Drayton in the Shropshire Senior Cup) was good, but this means we can now get a run going and we're looking forward to facing Chester on Tuesday night.

"The second sending-off I just can't get my head around - but the referee was strong. It was simply a bad tackle. It was reckless, inside our corner flag. I just can't understand why he has done it. Luckily, Ryan Higgins is okay."

Line-ups

Telford

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Hedge
  • 4Byrne
  • 16McDonald
  • 5Akrigg
  • 21ToddSubstituted forBarnettat 69'minutes
  • 20PokuBooked at 54mins
  • 6GroganSubstituted forCookeat 81'minutes
  • 11Clancy
  • 23Higgins
  • 7Phenix
  • 10GraySubstituted forFarrellat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Barnett
  • 9Farrell
  • 12Cooke
  • 13Pryce
  • 17Platt

Torquay

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Rice
  • 21MacDonald
  • 4DownesBooked at 90mins
  • 3Cruise
  • 2TongeBooked at 13mins
  • 16Richards
  • 10AjalaBooked at 57mins
  • 12ChapellSubstituted forWakefieldat 61'minutes
  • 8Young
  • 24Ofori-AcheampongSubstituted forCameronat 66'minutes
  • 9Bowman

Substitutes

  • 5Pearce
  • 11Cameron
  • 14Yeoman
  • 22Wakefield
  • 23Seabright
Referee:
Simon Bennett
Attendance:
1,669

Match Stats

Home TeamTelfordAway TeamTorquay
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home14
Away9
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, AFC Telford United 4, Torquay United 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, AFC Telford United 4, Torquay United 3.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Dale Tonge (Torquay United).

  4. Post update

    Sean Clancy (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

  5. Dismissal

    Aaron Downes (Torquay United) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Aaron Downes (Torquay United).

  7. Post update

    Ryan Higgins (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

  8. Post update

    Offside, AFC Telford United. Adam Farrell tries a through ball, but Adam Farrell is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Offside, Torquay United. Ryan Bowman tries a through ball, but Ryan Bowman is caught offside.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Aaron Downes (Torquay United).

  11. Post update

    Jonathan Hedge (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Torquay United.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Courtney Cameron (Torquay United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! AFC Telford United 4, Torquay United 3. Adam Farrell (AFC Telford United) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Steve Akrigg.

  15. Post update

    Steve Akrigg (AFC Telford United) hits the woodwork with a header from the left side of the six yard box. Assisted by Sean Clancy with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Thomas Cruise (Torquay United).

  17. Post update

    Michael Phenix (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, AFC Telford United. Sean Cooke replaces Michael Grogan because of an injury.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sean Clancy (AFC Telford United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Steve Akrigg (AFC Telford United) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved.

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