Sutton followed up Saturday's eye-catching win at Lincoln with a superb performance in front of their own fans on Tuesday that produced a victory far more comprehensive than the scoreline suggests. On top from the start, U's had the boost of an early goal from the outstanding Max Biamou, and might have had more before the French striker's rampaging run from halfway produced the penalty that enabled Nicky Bailey to double the lead early in the second half, and though a failure to convert more openings meant that the visitors were always in with a chance of coming back in to the game, Sutton's defence was never under enough pressure to suggest that would happen.
The evening began badly for Torquay, their coach breaking down en route and meaning a late arrival and a kick off delayed by nearly fifteen minutes, and it got no better for them when the game started as U's put them under immediate pressure. It told in just the 4th minute when a corner from the left wasn't cleared, and Biamou's acrobatic volley found the corner of the net. More might have followed, Ryan Burge shooting just wide after being set up by Roarie Deacon, and Deacon himself twice going close, shooting over when off balance and sending another low shot narrowly wide.
For all U's stylish play, they only led by one with half time approaching and either side of the break there were signs that they might not have things all their own way. Just before the interval a well delivered corner from Danny Sparkes was headed just over by Nathan Blissett, and in the first minute of the second half Brett Williams hammered a shot in to the net after running on to a Blissett flick but saw the effort ruled out for offside. With Dan Wishart forced off with a slight hamstring injury, forcing Deacon in to the left back position, this was U's least certain spell of the game, but then Biamou brought down a high ball just inside the Torquay half, turning inside Sean McGinty with a delightful touch and storming towards goal, riding another challenge from McGinty before being brought down by Ben Gerring just as he seemed set to score a thrilling goal. Booked three minutes earlier for a foul on fit-again Craig Eastmond, Gerring didn't even bother to look at referee Rob Whitton before trudging off, the official deciding that there had been some attempt to win the ball and producing a second yellow rather than a straight red, and Nicky Bailey drove the resulting penalty high in to the net.
Williams saw a powerful shot deflected for a corner soon afterwards, but apart from that, and one fine intervention from Jamie Collins when a right wing cross dropped just outside the six yard box, Sutton continued to dominate and would not have been flattered by further goals. Stearn and Biamou both had shots turned away by goalkeeper Brendan Moore, who was also off his line quickly to deny Stearn when the winger was put through by the pass of the night from substitute Joe Morrell, while a Deacon shot diverted just wide off Biamou.
Torquay: B Moore, L Rowe-Turner, D Lathrope, B Gerring, S Chaney, L Young(sub G Gallifuoco 55), N Blissett(sub J Reid 66), D Sparkes, A Verma, B Williams(sub C Scrivens 82), S McGinty. Subs n/u J Robba. K Nicholson. Booked: Williams, Gerring, Verma. Sent Off: Gerring.