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Torquay inflicted a stunning 5-0 defeat on League Two leaders Rochdale thanks to inspirational two-goal striker Elliot Benyon, who also won a penalty.

Lowly United soaked up early pressure to turn this match on its head in an electric six-minute first-half spell before cantering to their biggest win of the season.

Targetman Scott Rendell got the decisive breakthrough after 29 minutes after Dale central defender Rory McArdle had blocked shots from Lee Mansell and Kevin Nicholson. When the ball fell to winger Chris Zebroski his scuffed effort was redirected home, past Dale keeper Frank Fielding, by Rendell.

Two minutes later, Torquay were two up as striker Elliot Benyon rose to head home following a diagonal ball into the penalty area from the left by skipper Nicky Wroe.

United could have scored a third in the 33rd minute but Nicholson's free-kick, flicked on by Guy Branston to fellow central defender Mark Ellis, was scrambled off the line.

It mattered not. Two minutes later Benyon swooped for his second in four minutes, using his head to redirect Ellis' header in for his 10th league goal of the season.

Dale skipper Gary Jones dipped a 30-yarder just over the bar but United forged further ahead after soaking up early second-half pressure when Fielding brought down Benyon and Wroe tucked away the 62nd-minute spot-kick.

Benyon could have completed his hat-trick in the 69th minute after beating Fielding to a through ball but substitute Craig Dawson raced back to clear the ball off the line.

In the 77th minute Mustapha Carayol raced into the box, raced past his marker before sweeping the ball into the far corner to make it 5-0.

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Guy Branston
Elliot Benyon
Nicky Wroe
Chris Zebroski
Mark Ellis
Mustapha Carayol
Craig Dawson
Kevin Nicholson
Gary Jones
League Two
Rory McArdle
Lee Mansell
Frank Fielding
Scott Rendell
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