Here's an assessment of how Simon Weaver's players performed on the English Riviera. PICTURES: MATT KIRKHAM
James Belshaw 7. Kept his side in it at times. Will be disappointed to be beaten from such distance for Torquay's second but was unlucky his penalty save rebounded kindly to Jamie Reid.
Ryan Fallowfield 6. Will be unhappy with his part in Torquay's third, losing the flight of the ball, leading to Will Smith conceding a penalty. Made some last-ditch blocks late on to prevent further damage.
Will Smith 6. Barely put a foot wrong when the numbers were equal, though didn't look comfortable when under pressure late on. A clumsy challenge saw him concede a penalty.
Connor Hall 6. Just like his defensive partner Will Smith, he looked solid and in control up until Town were reduced to 10 men. Then it was all too easy for the Gulls to get at him.
George Smith 6. Claimed his first assist for the club with a deep cross to Jon Stead and got forwards well throughout. Was however caught high up the pitch for two of the Torquay goals.
Warren Burrell 7. Looked a natural in the holding midfield position up until Jon Stead's red card. Later on, Torquay were however able to find pockets of space where Burrell had previously covered so well.
Jack Emmett 6. Replaced in the 65th minute due to Stead's dismissal with Town 2-1 up and deserving of their lead. Covered lots of ground in the centre of the park.
Scott Brown 6. Tenacious in an advanced midfield position when Town had 11 men and a threat to the Torquay goal. Unable to stop Torquay's constant attacks when his team were reduced to ten, however.
Brendan Kiernan 6. Not at his influential best, but still played a part in both goals, finding Jon Stead for the first-half penalty then teeing up George Smith to cross to Stead for 2-1.
Jon Stead 8. The victim of a ridiculous decision that resulted in a second yellow card. Earlier, two bits of experienced play could and should have been enough to earn Town a result.
Jack Muldoon 6. Struggled to influence the game from out wide, though did show some attacking threat with his powerful, direct running.