Torquay will face Stevenage for a place in League One after seeing out a comfortable aggregate win over Shrewsbury in a second-leg stalemate.

The Gulls won the first leg of the semi-final 2-0 and Shrewsbury never looked like getting back into the tie.

Gavin Tomlin had arguably the best chance, getting the ball on the edge of the box, nutmegging Shane Cansdell-Sherriff and curling just wide.

Town's Nicky Wroe forced a save from Scott Bevan late on.

The Gulls finished 11 points behind Shrewsbury in the league and only sneaked into the play-offs on the final day on goal difference, while Town missed out on automatic promotion on the same day.

In fact, Torquay, who were deducted one point for a problem with Jake Robinson's registration, failed to win in their last five games of the regular season.

But they did the hard work in the first leg at Plainmoor, thanks to goals from Chris Zebroski and Eunan O'Kane.

Next up for Paul Buckle's side at Old Trafford is Graham Westley's Stevenage, a fixture that two years ago was in the Blue Square Premier.

Graham Turner's Town, celebrating their 125th anniversary, needed a bright start and had a chance in the opening quarter of an hour. But Lionel Ainsworth's weak shot from 25 yards was saved easily by Torquay keeper Scott Bevan.

Bevan then had to react well to tip a mis-hit cross by Jermaine Grandison over his own bar.

Ainsworth then saw another tame effort held by Bevan. But, in truth, they rarely looked threatening and Torquay had a great chance to lead.

But on-loan striker Robinson, facing his parent club, failed to connect with Tomlin's cross from six yards out.

Zebroski then forced a good save and dragged a shot wide, either side of Mark Wright's ball across goal for Shrewsbury, which none of his team-mates managed to get on the end of.

Town were struggling to cause Bevan major problems, Ainsworth and Dave Davis both missing the target from outside the box.

Torquay looked more likely to add to their lead, Robinson forcing a save from Smith before Tomlin curled his effort just wide after a piece of trickery 18 yards out.

Grandison and Ian Sharps had shots easily saved and Bevan tipped Wroe's effort over as Shrewsbury's season ended with a whimper.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Shrewsbury

  • 25 Smith
  • 03 Sadler
  • 05 Sharps Booked
  • 06 Cansdell-Sherriff
  • 18 Grandison (Collins - 80' )
  • 07 Wright
  • 12 Wroe
  • 23 Taylor
  • 29 Davies (Leslie - 83' )
  • 09 Harrold
  • 16 Ainsworth (Bradshaw - 63' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Neal
  • 02 Raven
  • 19 Goldson
  • 08 McIntyre
  • 11 Leslie
  • 14 Collins
  • 34 Bradshaw

Torquay United

  • 01 Bevan
  • 03 Nicholson
  • 05 Robertson
  • 07 Mansell
  • 23 Branston Booked
  • 08 Kee (Oastler - 80' )
  • 09 Robinson (Rowe-Turner - 85' )
  • 10 O'Kane
  • 22 Lathrope Booked
  • 15 Tomlin Booked (Macklin - 90' )
  • 26 Zebroski

Substitutes

  • 16 Potter
  • 02 Rowe-Turner
  • 18 Oastler
  • 04 Ellis
  • 17 Halpin
  • 19 Stevens
  • 14 Macklin
Ref: Wright
Att: 8,452

Match Stats

Shots

12 13

On target

7 7

Corners

5 1

Fouls

13 15

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:55 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +1:32

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Steven Leslie, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Tom Bradshaw goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

90:00 +1:06

Unfair challenge on Mark Wright by Lee Mansell results in a free kick. Mark Wright takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:17 Substitution

Substitution Lloyd Macklin is brought on as a substitute for Gavin Tomlin.

87:20

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Steven Leslie from the right by-line, Chris Robertson makes a clearance.

87:02

Nicky Wroe has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Scott Bevan makes a save.

85:36

Ian Sharps restarts play with the free kick.

85:36 Booking

Booking The referee books Guy Branston for unsporting behaviour.

85:21

Unfair challenge on Tom Bradshaw by Guy Branston results in a free kick.

84:14 Substitution

Substitution Jake Robinson leaves the field to be replaced by Lathanial Rowe-Turner.

83:16

Mark Wright fouled by Lee Mansell, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Wright crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Guy Branston makes a clearance.

82:51 Substitution

Substitution Steven Leslie joins the action as a substitute, replacing David Davies.

82:33

Damon Lathrope has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.

79:49 Substitution

Substitution Billy Kee goes off and Joe Oastler comes on.

79:49 Substitution

Substitution James Collins joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jermaine Grandison.

72:06

Matt Harrold takes a shot. Save by Scott Bevan.

71:55

Nicky Wroe takes a shot.

70:50

Tom Bradshaw fouled by Guy Branston, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff.

70:18

Gavin Tomlin has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.

68:43

Eunan O'Kane takes a shot. Ian Sharps gets a block in.

67:55

Unfair challenge on Jon Taylor by Kevin Nicholson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Tom Bradshaw.

67:29

Jermaine Grandison takes a shot. Save by Scott Bevan.

66:49

Tom Bradshaw has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

66:49 Booking

Booking The referee books Damon Lathrope for unsporting behaviour.

65:54

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jon Taylor by Damon Lathrope.

65:04

Matt Harrold challenges Guy Branston unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lee Mansell.

63:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Eunan O'Kane on David Davies. Free kick taken by Mat Sadler.

62:52 Substitution

Substitution Tom Bradshaw is brought on as a substitute for Lionel Ainsworth.

59:27

The ball is crossed by Mat Sadler, save by Scott Bevan.

57:27

Jake Robinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Mat Sadler. Free kick crossed right-footed by Mat Sadler from left wing.

56:29

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jon Taylor, clearance made by Guy Branston.

55:26

Damon Lathrope produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.

54:46

David Davies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Zebroski. Chris Robertson takes the direct free kick.

53:01

Foul by Nicky Wroe on Billy Kee, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Guy Branston, Billy Kee takes a shot. Save made by Benjamin Smith.

52:32

Ian Sharps gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gavin Tomlin. Free kick taken by Kevin Nicholson.

51:51

Chris Zebroski concedes a free kick for a foul on Matt Harrold. Ian Sharps takes the direct free kick.

50:09

Shot by Billy Kee from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.

49:10

Gavin Tomlin has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.

47:50

Jake Robinson takes a shot. Save by Benjamin Smith.

47:08

David Davies produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

46:43

Foul by Jake Robinson on Jermaine Grandison, free kick awarded. Benjamin Smith takes the free kick.

45:33

David Davies takes a shot. Eunan O'Kane gets a block in.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:06 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +0:19

Damon Lathrope fouled by David Davies, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Robertson takes the free kick.

44:16

Jake Robinson fouled by Nicky Wroe, the ref awards a free kick. Kevin Nicholson takes the direct free kick.

43:12

Gavin Tomlin has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.

42:37

The ball is sent over by Lee Mansell.

41:47

Chris Robertson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matt Harrold. Free kick taken by Mat Sadler.

41:04

Jon Taylor crosses the ball, Chris Robertson manages to make a clearance.

33:54

Unfair challenge on Matt Harrold by Guy Branston results in a free kick. Mat Sadler takes the direct free kick.

32:37

The referee gives a free kick against Chris Zebroski for handball. Direct free kick taken by Ian Sharps.

32:15

Chris Zebroski takes a shot. Save made by Benjamin Smith.

31:51

Mark Wright takes a shot. Lee Mansell gets a block in.

30:51

The ball is swung over by Lee Mansell.

28:10

Kevin Nicholson crosses the ball in from the free kick, Shane Cansdell-Sherriff manages to make a clearance.

28:10 Booking

Booking Gavin Tomlin is shown a yellow card.

27:54 Booking

Booking Booking for Ian Sharps for unsporting behaviour.

26:49

Unfair challenge on Jake Robinson by Ian Sharps results in a free kick.

26:07

Ian Sharps fouled by Chris Zebroski, the ref awards a free kick. Benjamin Smith takes the free kick.

25:40

Eunan O'Kane fouled by Matt Harrold, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Lee Mansell.

24:55

The ball is sent over by Gavin Tomlin.

23:01

David Davies challenges Damon Lathrope unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kevin Nicholson takes the direct free kick.

22:31

Gavin Tomlin takes a shot. Blocked by Jermaine Grandison.

22:08

Jon Taylor takes a shot. Save made by Scott Bevan.

19:48

Billy Kee gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Davies. Ian Sharps takes the direct free kick.

18:20

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jon Taylor.

18:07

The ball is sent over by Jon Taylor, clearance made by Kevin Nicholson.

17:00

Corner taken by Jon Taylor, free kick awarded for a foul by Matt Harrold on Scott Bevan. Scott Bevan takes the direct free kick.

16:45

Jermaine Grandison delivers the ball, Scott Bevan makes a save.

16:18

A cross is delivered by Jon Taylor, clearance made by Damon Lathrope.

15:34

Gavin Tomlin takes a shot. Jermaine Grandison gets a block in.

15:10

Gavin Tomlin delivers the ball, save made by Benjamin Smith.

13:22

Lionel Ainsworth takes a shot. Save by Scott Bevan.

8:34

Foul by Jon Taylor on Jake Robinson, free kick awarded. Kevin Nicholson takes the free kick.

7:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matt Harrold on Eunan O'Kane. Chris Robertson takes the free kick.

7:31

Centre by Jon Taylor, save made by Scott Bevan.

5:49

Damon Lathrope handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Nicky Wroe, Mark Wright crosses the ball.

4:16

Corner taken by Kevin Nicholson from the right by-line, clearance made by Mat Sadler.

4:00

Jake Robinson takes a shot. Shane Cansdell-Sherriff gets a block in.

3:16

Shot by Lionel Ainsworth from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

2:17

Foul by Jake Robinson on Jon Taylor, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Benjamin Smith.

2:02

Unfair challenge on Damon Lathrope by David Davies results in a free kick. Eunan O'Kane takes the free kick.

1:26

The referee blows for offside against Jake Robinson. Benjamin Smith takes the indirect free kick.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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