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Bristol Rovers 1-2 Torquay United

Lee Mansell

Torquay kept their slim hopes of league survival alive with a vital win against fellow strugglers Bristol Rovers.

After a nervy, goalless first half, loanee Shaquile Coulthirst opened the scoring with a brave diving header from Courtney Cameron's outswinging cross.

Captain Lee Mansell doubled Torquay's lead with his second goal of the season thanks to a fortunate deflection.

Danny Woodards pulled one back from close range as Rovers rallied late on but Torquay held on for a deserved win.

The result saw the Gulls end their run of four straight defeats but they are still seven points from safety.

Coulthirst's opener was the club's first goal in 420 minutes of football and their first away from home since the middle of February.

Bristol Rovers are now just one point above the relegation zone, with just one win from their last eight games.

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

"To say I'm disappointed is an understatement to be honest with you. In the first 20 minutes we started brightly, had one or two opportunities, but after that it was a bit of a dull affair.

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Post-match: Bristol Rovers' Clarke

"Second half we never got going and found ourselves 2-0 down quite quickly. We only had a go in the last 10 minutes which is not acceptable for the circumstances we're in.

"We conceded a goal from a set piece, which has been happening to often.

"We tried changing things around a little bit with substitutions but they scored the second, knocked the stuffing out a little more and we just didn't get going."

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2Smith
  • 14BrownSubstituted forClarksonat 76'minutes
  • 24O ClarkeBooked at 87mins
  • 4WoodardsBooked at 61mins
  • 29McChrystal
  • 33SantosSubstituted forHarrisonat 55'minutes
  • 32O'TooleBooked at 40mins
  • 8GillespieSubstituted forHarroldat 55'minutes
  • 19Beardsley
  • 39Mohamed

Substitutes

  • 6Parkes
  • 7Clarkson
  • 9Harrold
  • 17Harrison
  • 20Gough
  • 25Clucas
  • 30Lockyer

Torquay

  • 13Rice
  • 2Tonge
  • 30Cargill
  • 7Mansell
  • 5Pearce
  • 29O'Connor
  • 27Coulthirst
  • 8Harding
  • 17GoodwinBooked at 37mins
  • 26BenyonSubstituted forDownesat 90+2'minutes
  • 11CameronSubstituted forStevensat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Poke
  • 4Downes
  • 10Bodin
  • 12Chapell
  • 14Yeoman
  • 20Craig
  • 23Stevens
Referee:
Andy D'Urso
Attendance:
6,612

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamTorquay
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home8
Away6
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home19
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Torquay United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Torquay United 2.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 1, Torquay United 2. Dan Woodards (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ellis Harrison.

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

Baily Cargill (Torquay United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Dale Tonge.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Dale Tonge.

Substitution

Substitution, Torquay United. Aaron Downes replaces Elliot Benyon.

Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) hits the bar with a header from outside the box.

Attempt saved. Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Krystian Pearce (Torquay United).

Booking

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Lee Mansell (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers).

Elliot Benyon (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Ben Harding (Torquay United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Torquay United. Danny Stevens replaces Courtney Cameron.

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers).

Shaquile Coulthirst (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Shamir Goodwin (Torquay United).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. David Clarkson replaces Lee Brown.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 0, Torquay United 2. Lee Mansell (Torquay United) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Shaquile Coulthirst.

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Steve Mildenhall.

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Steve Mildenhall.

Foul by Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers).

Shamir Goodwin (Torquay United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Shamir Goodwin (Torquay United).

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers).

Elliot Benyon (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Lee Mansell (Torquay United).

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Michael Smith.

Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United).

Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Shamir Goodwin (Torquay United).

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 0, Torquay United 1. Shaquile Coulthirst (Torquay United) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Courtney Cameron.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Scunthorpe421919464392576
2Rochdale422291164422275
3Chesterfield422014865382774
4Fleetwood422091361481369
5Burton421814104338568
6Southend4216141250381262
7Oxford Utd421614125143862
8York421516114739861
9Plymouth421610164648-258
10Mansfield421414144652-656
11Bury421218125146554
12Dag & Red421315144953-454
13Newport421314155154-353
14Wimbledon421313164348-552
15Cheltenham421216144856-852
16Portsmouth421215154557-1251
17Accrington421214164851-350
18Hartlepool421310194749-249
19Morecambe421213174761-1449
20Exeter421212184854-648
21Bristol Rovers421114173847-947
22Wycombe421113184150-946
23Northampton421113183554-1946
24Torquay42109233760-2339
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