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Pitch invasions, flares and crowd trouble mars Bath’s shock win over Torquay

Bath City caused a shock 3-2 win over Torquay United over the weekend, however it was marred due to trouble from the crowd.

1,450 Gulls fans made up Bath’s biggest attendance (3,492) for 40 years, who usually only average around 600, so it was going to be no surprise that there could have been a bit of drama in the stands.

Throughout the game and in between the goals, celebratory fans spilled onto the pitch as well as threw flares onto the pitch.

Social media users who attended the game also claim that there was fighting.

At one point, Bath’s Sean Rigg and Torquay goalkeeper Shaun MacDonald dealt with the pyrotechnics by throwing it off the pitch.

Take a look at the photos by Tom Wren below…

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Alot of smoke bombs at the Bath City v Torquay game today.

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Fans also took photos of the atmospheric and rather smokey Twerton Park…

The match itself saw Bath produce a surprise comeback despite them leading after just nine minutes thanks to Freddie Hinds.

After going one goal down, Torquay hit back just before half time when Asa Hall nodded home from close range.

The Gulls doubled their lead halfway through the second half, Jamie Reid finding the net from a corner.

Torquay had the chance to make it 3-1 on the 74th minute, however Andrews sent his penalty over the bar.

The 82nd minute saw Bath’s Anthony Straker equalise with a penalty after Ryan Brunt was bundled over in the box.

Four minutes later, Brunt turned the ball past the keeper after the ball was crossed into the box.

Torquay threw everything at their opposition in order to get an equaliser.

Gulls keeper Ryan Clarke producing a stunning save before Saikou Janneh sent the ball over the bar from a few yards out.

Those was the last of the scares however as the final whistle blew.

The result means the gap between Torquay (1st) and Woking (2nd) is down to just one point but the Cards with a few games in hand over the Gulls. Then come Bath City in third place and only four points off the top spot.


Football fans gave their reaction to the crowd trouble, flares and pitch invasion that took place during the game, some angry some amusing – take a look at what they had to say on the next page.


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