Not following the script...

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(Last Updated On: April 16, 2014)

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In many ways, Torquay United have never been ones to follow the script. after a dream season just 3 years ago, a play off win had been was what the gods had expected. A repeat of this, but in very different circumstances occurred against Bristol Rovers, as this game was supposedly the very last nail in United’s coffin. Relegation and a humiliating loss to West Country rivals was an expectation, how the expectations were oh so very wrong.

After a short but bleak trip up the motorway for the Gulls, a first half of scrappy passing and poor decision making beckoned for both sides at the Memorial, as the 250-odd faithful sang their heart out for the clearly grief stricken Torquay men.

However, the horizon of the second half awaited the gulls as a fresh side emerged from the tunnel. The sheer pace of Cameron and Goodwin was too much to handle for the rovers full backs, as a clumsy challenge was made on the superb Shaquile Coulthirst, as he earned a free-kick for the yellows just beyond the hour mark. A bending, winding and swerving free-kick caused monumental damage to the Gas, as the lively Coultihurst put a bullet header beyond the reach of the impressive Steve Mildenhall.

1-0 Gulls. What script?

Just 10 minutes later Coulthirst had caught the Pirates defence flat footed once more, as he layed the ball off to Lee Mansell, the skipper pulled the trigger from just inside the 18 yard box, despite taking a wicked deflection, the ball ended up rustling the net yet again for United’s second of the day, just 20 minutes from time.

2-0 Gulls.

The prior 15 minutes before time United had dominated, but, in classic United style, the gulls conceded late for a very tense few dying seconds, fighting the script for the last time, Torquay won the game as a referees whistle meant we live another day.

Contributed by Will Taylor

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