Hemel Hempstead 0
Bowman pen 30
TORQUAY United are through to the quarter finals of the FA Trophy after a solid 2-0 win at Hemel Hempstead Town.
The Gulls ploughed through a heavy pitch to open the scoring with a Ryan Bowman penalty on the half-hour and the Yellow cause was greatly helped by the home ‘keeper being dismissed in the incident that led to the spot-kick.
Captain Aaron Downes sealed the win with a firm header midway through the second-half and United can now look forward to the draw on Monday.
“The league has been frustrating for us and we’ve dropped below where we want to be, but this competition is a nice fillip, and something to look forward to,” said manager Chris Hargreaves.
“It was always going to be a tough game and not pretty because of the pitch, but we defended well and took our chances. In fact, we must have had ten chances but, if you’d offered me 2-0 before the game, I’d have taken it.
“It was a penalty for Ryan but the sending off was harsh. We also had great support, which gave the lads a real boost. When things get tough at this club, our fans always get round us.”
United (4-4-2): 1 Martin Rice; 21 Angus MacDonald (12 Jordan Chapell 15), 5 Krystian Pearce, 4 Aaron Downes (capt), 25 Levi Ives; 22 James McQuilkin, 16 Courtney Richards, 6 Ben Harding, 10 Toby Ajala; 7 Louis Briscoe (24 Duane Ofori-Acheampong 86), 9 Ryan Bowman. Substitutes (not used): 3 Tom Cruise, 14 Ashley Yeoman.
Booked: Harding, Ives, Pearce
Referee: Nicholas Kinseley