Another hapless performance in attack saw Torquay United crash to defeat against Hampton & Richmond at Plainmoor, with Gulls fans calling for the head of manager Gary Owers after only the third home game of the National League South season.

United, who had conceded only one goal in their first five games home and away, were way off the pace in the first half and trailed to a slightly fortunate set-piece goal by Hampton winger Rhys Murrell-Williamson.

But there was no doubt that the Beavers deserved their lead against a sluggish Torquay side which was second-best in all areas.

The half-time introduction of Ruairi Keating briefly sparked an improvement, Keating hitting the post on the hour, but it was short-lived and Hampton clinched their victory with Chris Dickson’s header from a corner five minutes from time.

It leaves United with only one point out of nine at the start of a run of four home games in six which Owers had hoped would see a move up the table, not down it.

They have also scored only three times in six matches.

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