Head coach Gary Owers branded Torquay United’s 4-0 home FA Trophy defeat by Maidstone United as ‘a pretty pathetic show’.

The Gulls, who had Jazzi Barnum-Bobb sent off just after half-time, have now gone out of both cups at the first attempt this season, and Owers said: “Over the last 14 weeks we have had the favour of the fans support, and I appreciate that, but we have lost some of that today, and that’s fair enough.

“People paid good money to come and watch that, and I take on board some of the things aimed at me. One gentleman said at half-time that I picked the wrong team, and on reflection he was probably right.

“We’ve had a settled team and we have been competitive, but some of those (loan) lads are going to be going back, and I wanted to give some of the other players an opportunity to show me whey they are here.

“The outcome was horrific.”

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