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Torquay United 0-2 Aldershot Town

By Brent PilnickBBC South West Sport

Kevin Nicholson's first game in charge of Torquay United ended in a toothless defeat at home to Aldershot.

Sam Hatton's free-kick from 25 yards beat Fabien Speiss to give the Shots the lead midway through the first half.

Charlie Walker curled in the second after good inter-play between him and Rhys Browne on the edge of the Gulls penalty area.

Substitute Richard Brodie should have made it three late on but he missed a chance from the edge of the area.

The loss means Torquay drop to third-from-bottom in the National League and have gone 11 games without a win.

Aldershot boss Barry Smith told BBC Surrey:

"After last week's performance we asked them for a reaction and they certainly delivered that today and it's credit to that group of players because they responded in the right fashion. You saw that everyone was wanting the ball and we scored some great goals.

"We were right at it from the very first minute. We got a free-kick within seconds of the game and that showed our intention from the off to be positive and we pressed them when we could. It's credit with the response they showed.

"We know what Rhys Browne is capable of and he had a hand in both of the goals. We want to focus on the good things he does and he creates the space for the team. He's not used to senior football and we must protect him to a certain degree."

Line-ups

Torquay

  • 1Spiess
  • 29BerryBooked at 74mins
  • 5MacDonald
  • 26HeslopBooked at 71mins
  • 24Nicholson
  • 18Smith
  • 2Hurst
  • 11MurombedziSubstituted forBellat 70'minutes
  • 10MarshSubstituted forYeomanat 83'minutes
  • 3Butler
  • 7BriscoeSubstituted forFisherat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 14Yeoman
  • 17Fisher
  • 21Lavercombe
  • 27Bell
  • 28Hickford

Aldershot

  • 1Smith
  • 12Alexander
  • 5SavilleBooked at 61mins
  • 4Lathrope
  • 20Wilmer-Anderton
  • 14Beckles
  • 7Hatton
  • 8Stevenson
  • 15BrowneSubstituted forWalkerat 82'minutes
  • 10Walker
  • 9Barnes-HomerSubstituted forBrodieat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Oliver
  • 11Richards
  • 13Thomas
  • 17Brodie
  • 19Walker
Referee:
Craig Hicks
Attendance:
1,946

Match Stats

Home TeamTorquayAway TeamAldershot
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home11
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Torquay United 0, Aldershot Town 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Torquay United 0, Aldershot Town 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dan Walker (Aldershot Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jim Stevenson (Aldershot Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Aldershot Town.

  6. Post update

    Foul by James Hurst (Torquay United).

  7. Post update

    Jack Saville (Aldershot Town) wins a free kick.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Simon Heslop (Torquay United).

  9. Post update

    Richard Brodie (Aldershot Town) wins a free kick.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Richard Brodie (Aldershot Town).

  11. Post update

    Dan Butler (Torquay United) wins a free kick.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Alex Fisher (Torquay United).

  13. Post update

    Damon Lathrope (Aldershot Town) wins a free kick.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Sam Hatton (Aldershot Town).

  15. Post update

    James Hurst (Torquay United) wins a free kick.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Nicholson (Torquay United).

  17. Post update

    Omar Beckles (Aldershot Town) wins a free kick.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Torquay United. Ashley Yeoman replaces Tyrone Marsh.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Aldershot Town. Dan Walker replaces Rhys Browne.

  20. Post update

    Offside, Torquay United. Tyrone Marsh tries a through ball, but Tyrone Marsh is caught offside.