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Exeter City 1-2 Torquay United

By Brent PilnickBBC Sport at St James Park
Torquay manager Chris Hargreaves

Torquay extended their stay in the Football League for at least one more game as they beat Devon rivals Exeter.

Tom Nicholls punished a defensive error by slipping a perfect ball to Scot Bennett, who sidefooted home to put Exeter, who are not safe yet, in front.

But the Gulls equalised when Courtney Cameron floated a free-kick into the top corner from 20 yards out.

And Ashley Yeoman pounced on Anthony O'Connor's through ball and slotted it past Christy Pym to seal the win.

With Bristol Rovers, Northampton and Wycombe all losing, Torquay closed the gap on them to five points, but only have six left to play for in their two remaining games this season.

Exeter, meanwhile, are only two points above the relegation zone.

The Gulls started the brighter as Shaquille Coulthirst had a shot deflected over the bar after just three minutes, and Anthony O'Connor glanced a header just wide from a Cameron dead-ball kick before Elliot Benyon shot over from 18 yards.

Exeter went in front when Anthony O'Connor's mistake let in Nicholls down the left-hand side, with the youngster reaching the byeline and pulling the ball back to Bennett who calmly stroked it home for his sixth goal of the season.

Benyon should have equalised five minutes later, but he headed wide after some good work down the left flank led to Nathan Craig floating a perfect cross to the far post.

The Gulls turned it around after the break, however, as they scored twice in three minutes to stave off relegation for at least a few more days.

Cameron got his first goal for the club and with tails up, Torquay got the winner three minutes later as Yeoman latched on to a long ball from O'Connor, beat Jordan Moore-Taylor for pace and slotted it past the on-rushing Pym.

City had a numerous chances to equalise in the final few minutes as Torquay desperately clung on.

Eliot Richards shot just wide from the edge of the box before substitute David Wheeler spurned three good chances in quick succession in the final 10 minutes, the best a side-footed effort after a free kick into the box which he put over the bar.

Exeter could have equalised in the last minute of stoppage time as Richards got his head to a corner, only for Martin Rice to pull off a great save.

Line-ups

Exeter

  • 30Pym
  • 2Butterfield
  • 3WoodmanBooked at 71mins
  • 8Oakley
  • 5Baldwin
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 7Sercombe
  • 35GillSubstituted forWheelerat 64'minutes
  • 20NicholsSubstituted forO'Flynnat 45'minutesSubstituted forGrimesat 81'minutes
  • 4Bennett
  • 14Richards

Substitutes

  • 1Krysiak
  • 6Coles
  • 19O'Flynn
  • 22Keohane
  • 25Parkin
  • 29Grimes
  • 32Wheeler

Torquay

  • 13Rice
  • 2Tonge
  • 30Cargill
  • 6LathropeBooked at 83mins
  • 5Pearce
  • 29O'Connor
  • 7Mansell
  • 20CraigSubstituted forYeomanat 45'minutesBooked at 63mins
  • 26Benyon
  • 27CoulthirstSubstituted forHardingat 89'minutes
  • 11Cameron

Substitutes

  • 1Poke
  • 4Downes
  • 8Harding
  • 12Chapell
  • 14Yeoman
  • 15Thompson
  • 23Stevens
Referee:
Roger East
Attendance:
5,221

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamTorquay
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home13
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Exeter City 1, Torquay United 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Exeter City 1, Torquay United 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Martin Rice.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Eliot Richards (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Liam Sercombe (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Torquay United. Ben Harding replaces Shaquile Coulthirst.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. David Wheeler (Exeter City) left footed shot from very close range is too high.

  8. Post update

    Eliot Richards (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Ashley Yeoman (Torquay United).

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Matt Grimes (Exeter City) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the right wing is blocked.

  11. Booking

    Damon Lathrope (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.

  12. Post update

    David Wheeler (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Damon Lathrope (Torquay United).

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. David Wheeler (Exeter City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Exeter City. Matt Grimes replaces John O'Flynn.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Anthony O'Connor.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. David Wheeler (Exeter City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Anthony O'Connor.

  19. Booking

    Craig Woodman (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card.

  20. Post update

    Hand ball by Craig Woodman (Exeter City).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Scunthorpe442020466402680
2Chesterfield442115867392878
3Rochdale442391266462078
4Fleetwood442291364491575
5Burton441915104739872
6Southend4418141254381668
7York4417161149391067
8Oxford Utd441614145145662
9Plymouth441610184754-758
10Bury441318135547857
11Dag & Red441415155054-457
12Mansfield441415154755-857
13Portsmouth441415154959-1057
14Wimbledon441414164751-456
15Newport441316155457-355
16Cheltenham441316155158-755
17Hartlepool441410204953-452
18Accrington441215174953-451
19Morecambe441214184964-1550
20Exeter441213195057-749
21Wycombe441114194252-1047
22Bristol Rovers441114194152-1147
23Northampton441114193656-2047
24Torquay44119243962-2342
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