Torquay swept to their biggest win of the season as basement side Darlington lost their fifth League Two game in a row as they were beaten 5-0.

As anticipated United boss Paul Buckle recalled experienced winger Wayne Carlisle - and was rewarded when the Irishman swooped from the right for the Gulls' second goal on 31 minutes.

United reacted to their 4-2 defeat at Accrington last weekend with a bright start and soon had the Quakers on the back foot when winger Jake Thomson's free kick had to be punched clear by keeper Nick Liversedge.

In the 12th minute central defender Danny Hall headed off the line when Liversedge missed his clearance on the edge of the box and home centre back Chris Robertson looped a header towards goal.

United went ahead when striker Scott Rendell headed on keeper Michael Poke's clearance into the path of striker Chris Zebroski, who volleyed home after 17 minutes.

Darlington winger Jonathan Hogg missed a chance to restore parity in the 30th minute and on the next Torquay attack, Zebroski teed up Carlisle to make it 2-0.

United made it 3-0 in the third and final minute of first-half stoppage time when striker Scott Rendell headed his fifth goal of the season following Thomson's corner.

United further increased their lead in the 68th minute when Carlisle's hooked shot bounced off the bar and Zebroski headed home the rebound for his fourth goal in four games.

Substitute Elliot Benyon made it 5-0 in the 75th minute when he latched on to Thomson's cross from the right and volleyed home from 15 yards.

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