November 17, 2012
Shrimpers shatter Plainmoor record
Southend ended Torquay's unbeaten home League Two record with a 4-1 victory at Plainmoor thanks to two goals apiece for strike pair Gavin Tomlin and Britt Assombalonga.
The visitors' former Torquay loanee fired Paul Sturrock's Shrimpers ahead on 10 minutes when he powered a shot through the legs of United keeper Martin Rice from the right side of the penalty area.
Southend surged further ahead against the Gulls with a breakaway goal after Tomlin combined with strike partner Assombalonga to send the youngster away from the halfway line.
Assombalonga doubled his tally in the 44th minute, heading home at the far post from Kevan Hurst's right wing cross. That lead was increased just a minute into the second half when Tomlin ran through to score his second of the game.
Substitute Ryan Jarvis reduced the deficit with a volley in the 52nd minute, four minutes before Torquay skipper Lee Mansell was red carded for a foul on Assombalonga.
|Torquay United||Southend United|
|13 Martin Rice||1 Paul Smith|
|3 Kevin Nicholson||23 Chris Barker|
|4 Aaron Downes||15 Mark Phillips|
|5 Brian Saah||27 Tamika Mkandawire|
|2 Joe Oastler||2 Sean Clohessy|
|7 Lee Mansell||6 Ryan Cresswell|
|18 Craig Easton||14 Kevan Hurst|
|6 Damon Lathrope||8 Michael Timlin|
|20 Nathan Craig||26 Marc Laird|
|15 Billy Bodin||21 Gavin Tomlin|
|9 Rene Howe||20 Britt Assombalonga|
|1 Michael Poke||Daniel Bentley 17|
|21 Tom Cruise||Luke Prosser 16|
|12 Daniel Leadbitter||John Spicer 19|
|19 Danny Stevens||David Martin 11|
|29 Niall Thompson||Alex Woodyard 30|
|8 Ryan Jarvis||Freddy Eastwood 7|
|23 Ashley Yeoman||Barry Corr 10|
|Ryan Jarvis for Craig Easton (46)||Barry Corr for Gavin Tomlin (66)|
|Niall Thompson for Damon Lathrope (46)||Luke Prosser for Chris Barker (69)|
|Tom Cruise for Billy Bodin (59)||Freddy Eastwood for Britt Assombalonga (84)|
|Lee Mansell (56)||Chris Barker (61)|
|Rene Howe (62)||Mark Phillips (80)|
|· Squads: Torquay United | Southend United|