Another display of total dominance saw us collect our seventh straight win.
Connell Rawlinson got things going with an excellent finish from the edge of the area before Ruben Rodrigues sent us into the break 2-0 up from the penalty spot.
We continued our complete control after the break and added deserved gloss to the scoreline with a superb Quevin Castro strike and a deflected Geraldo Bajrami effort.
Richard Brindley’s dismissal in the midweek rout at Wealdstone meant he served a one-game suspension, forcing Luke Williams to make one change to his starting XI as Aden Baldwin slotted into the back three.
As expected, we immediately grabbed control of the game and had a good chance to open the scoring on seven minutes when Matt Palmer curled a delightful cross to the back post. Stooping to meet it, Adam Chicksen had two options – to either head the ball goalwards or back into the danger area. He seemed to get caught between two stools, though, and sent the ball over the angle of post and crossbar.
Torquay were playing with five at the back and were doing a decent job of stifling us until the 25th minute, when Macaulay Langstaff saw a shot parried and Cedwyn Scott slipped Aaron Nemane through on goal. Halstead stood firm to make a big save.
The visitors’ defence was breached shortly afterwards, though, with a typically well-worked free-kick not quite paying off, only for Rawlinson to receive the ball 20 yards out and pick out the bottom corner like an accomplished striker.
We were beginning to grind down the Gulls’ resolve and, sure enough, we had a second on 33 minutes when brilliant interplay between Rawlinson and Scott resulted in Nemane being felled in the area, with Rodrigues making no mistake from the spot.
It could have been three shortly before the break when, fresh from his two-goal midweek haul, Chicksen crashed a right-footed effort off the bar and the rebound looking destined for Langstaff to add to his incredible tally. Halstead did well to smother, though, and we had to settle for a two-goal cushion heading into half-time.
We soon set about extending our lead after the break, with Sam Slocombe getting a fraction too much on his long ball over the top for Langstaff who was unable to control.
And the forward’s frustrations continued as, after Palmer had kissed the side-netting with a shot, Langstaff fired a shot over before, shortly afterwards, seeing a shot blocked in the area.
Our first change came on 65 minutes when Sam Austin replaced Scott and, three minutes after his introduction, the former Kidderminster man rattled the bar with a well-struck shot from the edge of the box.
Another two changes followed, with Quevin Castro and Tobi Adebayo-Rowling coming on for Rodrigues and Nemane, and Langstaff had another sniff at goal on 80 minutes when Cameron’s cross took a nick off Castro on its way through to him, leaving him unable to bring the ball under control in the area.
Torquay responded with a Cameron Thompson shot that flew a yard wide of the post as the visitors offered an incredibly rare moment of threat.
But we put the game to bed on 88 minutes when Castro collected the ball, moved into the space in front of him and arrowed a shot into the bottom corner from 25 yards.
Mercilessly, we then added a fourth as Bajrami’s well-struck effort was deflected into the bottom corner in the last minute of normal time.
And it could even have been five had Langstaff been able to control Castro’s perfectly-executed through ball, but his touch evaded him and we had to settle for 4-0.
STARTING XI: Slocombe; Cameron, Rawlinson, Baldwin; Chicksen, Nemane (Adebayo-Rowling 75'); Bajrami, Palmer, Rodrigues (Castro 76'), Scott (Austin 65'); Langstaff
UNUSED SUBS: Francis, Mitchell
ATTENDANCE: 7,563 (330)