Tigers Trounce Torquay

Last updated : 10 August 2004 By Andy Beill
Photo © Paul Whiteley
Stuart Elliott - scored a brace (Photo © Paul Whiteley)
Peter Taylor made one change to his starting eleven with Leon Cort coming in for the injured Marc Joseph, and the Tigers wasted little time in taking the lead. A loose ball came out to Stuart Green who fired past Bertran Bossu from 25 yards to get his second goal of the season in the 9th minute.

10 minutes later, City went 2-0 up. Stuart Elliott took the ball forward before passing to Nick Barmby. His shot was blocked, but Elliott was first to the rebound and blasted in from 15 yards out.

The home side pressed to get back in the game but the Tigers rearguard was alert to keep them out. Adebayo Akinfenwa came closest in the 34th minute, heading Alex Russell's corner against the crossbar.

Stuart Elliott extended City's lead 10 minutes into the second half, firing in from outside the box to get another goal to his name and make it 3-0.

He almost completed his hat-trick in the 69th minute as he stretched to get something on Aaron Wilbraham's cross at the far post but he was denied by the woodwork.

The match ended in bizarre circumstances as the referee sent off a player from each side 6 minutes from time. A free kick was awarded to City for Craig Taylor's aerial challenge on Aaron Wilbraham. Taylor was shown the red card, and when Wilbraham got back up he was also dismissed. The club will appeal Mr. Cable's opinion of violent conduct to prevent the forward getting an automatic suspension.

The game was over as a contest long before it went to 10 v 10 though as City saw out an efficient 3-0 victory.

City line-up (4-4-2): Myhill; Hinds, Cort, Delaney, Dawson; Green (France 59), Ashbee, Lewis, Elliott; Allsopp (Walters 71), Barmby (Wilbraham 66).
Un-used subs: Duke, Price.