National League
TorquayTorquay United1BraintreeBraintree Town5

Torquay United 1-5 Braintree Town

Daniel Sparkes
Daniel Sparkes had scored just four league goals this season before his hat-trick at Plainmoor

Torquay United suffered their biggest home league defeat in almost 20 years as Braintree cruised to victory.

Daniel Sparkes scored either side of a John Campbell equaliser to put the visitors ahead at half time.

Sparkes completed his hat-trick with a left-footed shot before Matt Paine and Ryan Peters secured a win for Braintree on their first visit to Torquay.

The Gulls had not lost as heavily at home since going down to a club-record 8-1 loss to Scunthorpe in October 1995.

The defeat was the first time Torquay, who were relegated from the Football League last season, had conceded five goals at home since October 2011.

Braintree go above them into 15th place in the Conference, with the Gulls dropping to 17th.



Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Rice
  • 8Young
  • 26Gueguen
  • 4Downes
  • 16RichardsBooked at 76mins
  • 9BowmanSubstituted forPrynnat 67'minutes
  • 25Ives
  • 10Ajala
  • 29Dawson
  • 32CampbellSubstituted forBriscoeat 85'minutes
  • 5PearceSubstituted forChapellat 54'minutes


  • 7Briscoe
  • 11Cameron
  • 12Chapell
  • 15Prynn
  • 22McQuilkin


Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Hamann
  • 2Brundle
  • 6Massey
  • 5Paine
  • 3Habergham
  • 20Clerima
  • 4Isaac
  • 8Davis
  • 11SparkesSubstituted forPetersat 76'minutes
  • 9MarksSubstituted forMulleyat 90+2'minutes
  • 17MensahSubstituted forAkinolaat 66'minutes


  • 15Akinola
  • 16Maybanks
  • 23Peters
  • 26Mulley
  • 29Pentney
Wayne Barratt

Match Stats

Home TeamTorquayAway TeamBraintree
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Torquay United 1, Braintree Town 5.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Torquay United 1, Braintree Town 5.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Peters (Braintree Town).

  4. Post update

    Aaron Downes (Torquay United) wins a free kick.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Toby Ajala (Torquay United).

  6. Post update

    Mitch Brundle (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Braintree Town. James Mulley replaces Sean Marks because of an injury.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Kenny Davis (Braintree Town).

  9. Post update

    Louis Briscoe (Torquay United) wins a free kick.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Louis Briscoe (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Torquay United. Louis Briscoe replaces John Campbell because of an injury.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Torquay United 1, Braintree Town 5. Ryan Peters (Braintree Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sam Habergham with a cross.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Toby Ajala (Torquay United).

  14. Post update

    Ryan Peters (Braintree Town) wins a free kick.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Torquay United. Aaron Downes tries a through ball, but Aaron Downes is caught offside.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Kenny Davis (Braintree Town).

  17. Post update

    Courtney Richards (Torquay United) wins a free kick.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Braintree Town. Ryan Peters replaces Dan Sparkes.

  19. Booking

    Courtney Richards (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Courtney Richards (Torquay United).