Aug 1, 2016 at 7.30pm UK at ​Plainmoor
Torquay UtdTorquay United
West BromWest Bromwich Albion
Hall (51'), Williams (60')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Phillips (80')

Result: West Bromwich Albion suffer defeat to Torquay United

A strong West Bromwich Albion side suffer a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Torquay United at Plainmoor.

West Bromwich Albion's preparations for the new campaign have suffered a blow after they lost 2-1 to National League outfit Torquay United.

Baggies head coach Tony Pulis selected a strong starting lineup at Plainmoor with the likes of Ben Foster, James Chester, Jonny Evans, Craig Gardner and Salomon Rondon all being named in the team but they struggled to create chances during the opening quarter.

Gardner fired off-target after receiving a pass from James McClean, while Rondon squandered an opportunity to get a shot away after being found in the final third.

Up the other end, trialist Ronald Huth saw an effort fizz past Foster's post before Jamie Reid sent two headers wide of the post after being found in good positions.

At half time, Pulis made a number of substitutions - which included the introduction of Saido Berahino - but seven minutes after the restart, Torquay went in front after Callum Hall found the corner of the net from 25 yards.

The non-League side began to grow in confidence and on the hour mark, they made it two when Brett Williams escaped from Craig Dawson before sending a shot past Foster.

Dawson almost made amends when his header clipped the crossbar before Matt Phillips also struck the woodwork from distance but Torquay reached the final 20 minutes of the game with a notable scalp within their reach.

With nine minutes left, however, West Brom finally made their pressure count when Phillips produced a classy finish after being found by a pass from Darren Fletcher and the goal saw the Baggies lay siege to the Torquay goal during the closing stages.

Goalkeeper Jamie Robba pulled off a fine stop to deny Berahino before James Morrison failed to hit the target despite being found just eight yards out.

That proved to be the last chance of note as the non-League outfit held out for an impressive win just five days before they start the new season away at Macclesfield Town.

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