OXFORD City were on the end of a hiding after going down 7-2 at Torquay United on Saturday.

On a day to forget for Mark Jones’s side, the visitors trailed 5-0 at half-time against the Vanarama National League South leaders.

Although they scored two second-half goals through Josh Ashby and Kabongo Tshimanga, the damage had been done.

The hosts went ahead in the seventh minute when Jamie Reid’s shot was spilled by Craig King, allowing Saikou Janneh to tap home.

Torquay doubled their lead in the 21st minute when substitute Ruari Keating headed across goal for Janneh to score his second of the afternoon.

City had a mountain to climb when going 3-0 behind just four minutes later, Reid slotting home.

The visitors were unlucky not to reduce the deficit on the half-hour when Joe Oastler’s header was cleared off the line.

But the game was over five minutes later when Jake Andrews’s corner beat everyone to find the net.

A dismal first half for City was rounded off when Reid crossed for Andrews to score three minutes before the break.

City started the second period well and nearly pulled a goal back in the 52nd minute, when Tshimanga’s strike forced Shaun MacDonald into making a tidy save.

But it was 6-0 on 58 minutes when Andrews completed his hat-trick with a neat back-heel.

City finally got on the scoresheet when Ashby curled home a fine effort on 68 minutes.

And Tshimanga made it 6-2 three minutes later, sprinting clear of the defence to slot home.

However, Torquay had the final say, Reid scoring his second 11 minutes from time to compound a miserable afternoon for City.

Oxford City: King, Case, Wiltshire, Ashby, Carter (Barrett 80), Oastler, McEachran, Fleet, Tshimanga, Fasanmade, Self (Bawling 55). Subs not used: Card, Odonoghue.

Attendance: 2,467 (47 away).