Rene Howe's solitary strike saw off Aldershot and moved Torquay to within a point of the League Two automatic promotion places.

Howe had an early effort ruled out for offside, but was not to be denied as he rounded off a fine team move by sweeping in Eunan O'Kane's cross.

Home keeper Robert Olejnik did well to deny Josh Payne and Guy Madjo.

Kevin Nicholson had one free-kick well saved by Shots keeper Jamie Young and another deflected by Aaron Morris.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Aldershot manager Dean Holdsworth told BBC Surrey:

"Where we've been ruthless in front of goal, we didn't have that tonight which is a shame because, if we'd knicked one, I think we would have deserved it.

"I don't think there was much between the two sides. We've gone and pushed them to the boundaries, but we didn't have that killer instinct in front of goal.

"There are positives and I'm looking for a response from the players to come in, and I'll see what options we've got."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Torquay

  • 01 Olejnik
  • 03 Nicholson
  • 04 Ellis
  • 06 Saah
  • 18 Oastler
  • 07 Mansell
  • 10 O'Kane
  • 11 Morris (McPhee - 89' )
  • 22 Lathrope
  • 08 Jarvis (Atieno - 71' )
  • 09 Howe (Rowe-Turner - 78' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Rice
  • 02 Rowe-Turner
  • 21 MacDonald
  • 16 McPhee
  • 23 Atieno

Aldershot

  • 01 Young
  • 02 Herd
  • 03 Straker
  • 05 Jones
  • 15 Morris
  • 36 Bradley
  • 16 Murphy (Vincenti - 58' )
  • 17 Mekki (Risser - 57' )
  • 40 Payne
  • 10 Hylton
  • 27 Madjo (Doughty - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 31 Clement
  • 23 Vincenti
  • 25 Smith
  • 29 Doughty
  • 38 Risser
Ref: Coote
Att: 2,277

Match Stats

Shots

9 8

On target

5 2

Corners

2 8

Fouls

9 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:10 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +2:52

Eunan O'Kane gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Anthony Straker. Peter Vincenti takes the indirect free kick.

89:55

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Eunan O'Kane by Ben Herd. Free kick taken by Kevin Nicholson.

88:41 Substitution

Substitution (Torquay) makes a substitution, with Chris McPhee coming on for Ian Morris.

87:32

The ball is delivered by Ben Herd.

86:49

Effort on goal by Wilko Risser from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

86:20

Josh Payne crosses the ball, clearance made by Mark Ellis.

83:24

Aaron Morris crosses the ball.

82:49

Effort from outside the area by Taiwo Atieno goes wide right of the goal.

81:57 Substitution

Substitution Michael Doughty joins the action as a substitute, replacing Guy Madjo.

81:57

The referee blows for offside. Jamie Young restarts play with the free kick.

81:39

Joe Oastler produces a cross.

78:33

Darren Jones challenges Taiwo Atieno unfairly and gives away a free kick. Eunan O'Kane restarts play with the free kick.

77:17 Substitution

Substitution Lathanial Rowe-Turner on for Rene Howe.

75:51

Ben Herd delivers the ball, clearance by Lee Mansell.

75:11

Wilko Risser delivers the ball, Robert Olejnik makes a save.

72:08

Rene Howe produces a volleyed right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

70:38 Substitution

Substitution (Torquay) makes a substitution, with Taiwo Atieno coming on for Ryan Jarvis.

70:03

Corner taken by Wilko Risser from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Mark Ellis.

68:07

The ball is delivered by Peter Vincenti, Effort on goal by Wilko Risser from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

67:06

The ball is crossed by Joe Oastler.

66:13

Foul by Guy Madjo on Mark Ellis, free kick awarded. Robert Olejnik takes the indirect free kick.

64:29

Effort on goal by Eunan O'Kane from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

64:00

Effort from just outside the box by Josh Payne goes over the bar.

63:47

A cross is delivered by Ben Herd, Kevin Nicholson gets a block in.

62:11

Anthony Straker challenges Ian Morris unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kevin Nicholson produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by Aaron Morris. Corner taken right-footed by Eunan O'Kane from the left by-line, save by Jamie Young.

59:43

Corner taken right-footed by Wilko Risser to the near post, Mark Ellis makes a clearance. Corner taken by Wilko Risser. Wilko Risser produces a cross.

59:26

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Wilko Risser.

58:43

Rene Howe is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Darren Jones takes the free kick.

56:43 Substitution

Substitution Darren Murphy goes off and Peter Vincenti comes on.

56:43 Substitution

Substitution Wilko Risser is brought on as a substitute for Adam Mekki.

56:07

The ball is delivered by Eunan O'Kane, Unfair challenge on Darren Jones by Ryan Jarvis results in a free kick. Jamie Young takes the indirect free kick.

55:26

The ball is swung over by Josh Payne.

55:09

The ball is sent over by Anthony Straker, Mark Ellis makes a clearance.

54:16

Corner taken left-footed by Kevin Nicholson to the near post, Darren Jones manages to make a clearance.

53:57

Kevin Nicholson takes a shot. Save by Jamie Young.

53:51

Joe Oastler delivers the ball.

53:32

The ball is swung over by Joe Oastler.

50:46

Danny Hylton produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.

49:33

Sonny Bradley takes a shot. Blocked by Brian Saah.

48:21

Rene Howe takes a shot. Save made by Jamie Young.

47:24

The ball is swung over by Darren Jones, clearance made by Brian Saah.

46:18

Centre by Rene Howe.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +1:11 Half time

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

44:06

Rene Howe fouled by Darren Jones, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Eunan O'Kane, Danny Hylton makes a clearance.

43:09

Shot from deep inside the area by Darren Murphy goes over the bar.

42:37

Lee Mansell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aaron Morris. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie Young.

40:50

Ben Herd gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Eunan O'Kane. Free kick crossed by Eunan O'Kane.

38:59

Eunan O'Kane takes a shot. Save made by Jamie Young.

37:35

Foul by Sonny Bradley on Rene Howe, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Kevin Nicholson, Aaron Morris makes a clearance.

36:45

Ian Morris gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ben Herd. Jamie Young takes the free kick.

32:14

Effort from just outside the box by Damon Lathrope goes over the bar.

31:39

The ball is delivered by Joe Oastler, clearance made by Sonny Bradley.

30:31

Guy Madjo fouled by Brian Saah, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ben Herd, Sonny Bradley takes a shot. Save by Robert Olejnik.

28:47

Darren Murphy challenges Mark Ellis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Ellis.

27:58

The ball is delivered by Ben Herd, clearance made by Lee Mansell.

21:53

Adam Mekki delivers the ball in from the corner, Kevin Nicholson makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken by Adam Mekki, clearance made by Ian Morris. Corner taken right-footed by Adam Mekki from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Eunan O'Kane. Darren Jones concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Ellis. Free kick taken by Robert Olejnik.

20:10

Mark Ellis concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Mekki. Josh Payne produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save by Robert Olejnik. Adam Mekki takes a outswinging corner.

18:09

Ryan Jarvis concedes a free kick for a foul on Ben Herd. Free kick crossed by Adam Mekki, Kevin Nicholson manages to make a clearance.

16:46

The ball is delivered by Ryan Jarvis.

14:56

Darren Murphy challenges Lee Mansell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Ellis.

13:50

Aaron Morris fouled by Eunan O'Kane, the ref awards a free kick. Jamie Young takes the direct free kick.

7:56

Anthony Straker delivers the ball.

6:41

Assist by Eunan O'Kane.

6:41 Goal scored

Goal! - Rene Howe - Torquay 1 - 0 Aldershot Goal scored by Rene Howe from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Torquay 1-0 Aldershot.

4:05

The assistant referee flags for offside against Rene Howe. Jamie Young takes the free kick.

3:12

Anthony Straker delivers the ball.

0:31

Joe Oastler concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Hylton. Ben Herd restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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