Lee Mansell's brace helped Torquay come from two goals down to earn a point with Bristol Rovers.

Matt Harold fired the visitors ahead from 25 yards, while Chris Zebroski caught out his former side to make it 2-0 after an incisive counter attack.

Mansell pulled one back at the second time of asking after Scott Bevan saved his follow-up to Rene Howe's effort.

And he earned his side a share of the spoils when he lifted Howe's pass over Bevan in the last minute.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Torquay manager Martin Ling told BBC Radio Devon:

"I think you've got to be relieved when you're 2-0 down, but I think we thoroughly deserved a point.

"At all times in the game, we were the aggressors.

"Again we've showed character in abundance to get out of a hole.

"We will use the playoffs as a safety net, rather than play for it."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Torquay United

  • 01 Olejnik
  • 03 Nicholson (Rowe-Turner - 34' )
  • 04 Ellis
  • 06 Saah Booked
  • 18 Oastler
  • 07 Mansell
  • 10 O'Kane
  • 11 Morris
  • 19 Stevens (Jarvis - 58' )
  • 22 Lathrope (Atieno - 70' )
  • 09 Howe

Substitutes

  • 13 Rice
  • 02 Rowe-Turner
  • 21 MacDonald
  • 08 Jarvis
  • 23 Atieno

Bristol Rovers

  • 01 Bevan
  • 04 Woodards
  • 05 Bolger
  • 17 Paterson
  • 37 Parks
  • 06 Stanley
  • 08 Gill Booked
  • 34 Dorman
  • 09 Harrold (Anyinsah - 75' )
  • 11 Carayol Booked (Lund - 71' )
  • 26 Zebroski

Substitutes

  • 38 Macey
  • 31 Hunter
  • 23 Lund
  • 16 Anyinsah (Richard - 90' )
  • 18 Richard
Ref: Naylor
Att: 3,920

Match Stats

Shots

15 11

On target

10 5

Corners

9 6

Fouls

10 6

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:11 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +0:51 Substitution

Substitution Eliot Richards comes on in place of Joe Anyinsah.

89:50

The assist for the goal came from Joe Oastler.

89:50 Goal scored

Goal! - Lee Mansell - Torquay 2 - 2 Bristol R Goal scored by Lee Mansell from inside the six-yard box high into the middle of the goal. Torquay 2-2 Bristol Rovers.

88:43

Outswinging corner taken by Eunan O'Kane from the right by-line, Joe Oastler takes a shot. Scott Bevan makes a brilliant save.

87:53

Eunan O'Kane takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Mathew Gill.

87:34

Lathanial Rowe-Turner delivers the ball.

85:57

Taiwo Atieno challenges Cian Bolger unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Cian Bolger.

84:51

The ball is delivered by Ian Morris, comfortable save by Scott Bevan.

80:07

Effort from deep inside the area by Craig Stanley misses to the left of the target.

78:07

The ball is delivered by Lathanial Rowe-Turner, Headed effort on goal by Taiwo Atieno from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.

76:45

Corner taken right-footed by Eunan O'Kane.

76:40

The ball is sent over by Eunan O'Kane, clearance by Chris Zebroski.

75:59

Rene Howe takes a shot. Save by Scott Bevan.

74:57 Substitution

Substitution Joe Anyinsah replaces Matt Harrold.

73:15

Corner taken by Eunan O'Kane from the left by-line, Chris Zebroski makes a clearance.

71:52 Goal scored

Goal! - Lee Mansell - Torquay 1 - 2 Bristol R Lee Mansell fires in a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Torquay 1-2 Bristol Rovers.

71:14

Rene Howe takes a shot. Save by Scott Bevan. Lee Mansell takes a shot. Save made by Scott Bevan.

69:55 Substitution

Substitution Matthew Lund on for Mustapha Carayol.

69:55 Substitution

Substitution Taiwo Atieno joins the action as a substitute, replacing Damon Lathrope.

68:46 Goal scored

Goal! - Chris Zebroski - Torquay 0 - 2 Bristol R Chris Zebroski scores a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Torquay 0-2 Bristol Rovers.

68:24

Lathanial Rowe-Turner sends in a cross, Joe Oastler takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Zebroski.

67:09

A cross is delivered by Rene Howe, Scott Bevan makes a save.

65:52

The ball is crossed by Mustapha Carayol, save made by Robert Olejnik.

63:04

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Robert Olejnik.

59:53

Ian Morris produces a cross, Tom Parkes makes a clearance.

59:11

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Zebroski on Robert Olejnik. Robert Olejnik restarts play with the free kick.

57:58 Substitution

Substitution (Torquay) makes a substitution, with Ryan Jarvis coming on for Danny Stevens.

57:37

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Mathew Gill from the right by-line, Ian Morris manages to make a clearance.

57:12

Mustapha Carayol takes a shot. Save made by Robert Olejnik.

56:09

Lathanial Rowe-Turner challenges Dan Woodards unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Craig Stanley.

55:58

A cross is delivered by Dan Woodards, clearance by Mark Ellis.

55:14

Corner taken right-footed by Eunan O'Kane from the left by-line, save by Scott Bevan.

54:37

Foul by Mark Ellis on Chris Zebroski, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Mathew Gill, Joe Oastler manages to make a clearance.

54:01

Andy Dorman takes a shot. Blocked by Mark Ellis.

53:35

Inswinging corner taken by Mathew Gill.

50:44

Lee Mansell crosses the ball in from the free kick.

50:44 Booking

Booking Caution for Mathew Gill.

50:38

Mathew Gill challenges Eunan O'Kane unfairly and gives away a free kick.

48:16

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

47:36

Centre by Ian Morris.

45:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Zebroski by Mark Ellis. Mathew Gill takes the free kick.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +3:38 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +1:57 Goal scored

Goal! - Matt Harrold - Torquay 0 - 1 Bristol R Matt Harrold fires in a goal from a long way out to the top right corner of the goal. Torquay 0-1 Bristol Rovers.

45:00 +1:11

Long distance shot from Lathanial Rowe-Turner misses to the left of the goal.

45:00 +0:18

Unfair challenge on Mustapha Carayol by Damon Lathrope results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Mathew Gill from left wing.

44:26

The ball is sent over by Ian Morris, clearance made by Matt Harrold.

41:38

Corner taken by Eunan O'Kane from the left by-line, Rene Howe produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.

41:22

Rene Howe takes a shot. Save by Scott Bevan.

38:19

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Zebroski on Mark Ellis. Robert Olejnik takes the free kick.

35:47

The ball is delivered by James Paterson.

35:21

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Zebroski by Joe Oastler. Chris Zebroski restarts play with the free kick.

34:09

Effort from outside the box by Mustapha Carayol goes wide right of the target.

33:13 Substitution

Substitution Lathanial Rowe-Turner replaces Kevin Nicholson.

31:48

Corner taken left-footed by Kevin Nicholson from the right by-line, Headed effort from inside the area by Mark Ellis misses to the left of the goal.

31:29

The ball is swung over by Joe Oastler.

27:09

Free kick taken by Lee Mansell.

27:09 Booking

Booking The referee shows Mustapha Carayol a yellow card.

27:03

Mustapha Carayol gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Nicholson.

25:36

Joe Oastler concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Dorman. The ball is crossed by James Paterson, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Matt Harrold misses to the right of the target.

24:14

Shot from outside the box by Chris Zebroski misses to the left of the goal.

22:58

Andy Dorman challenges Danny Stevens unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Mansell takes the free kick.

22:26

Inswinging corner taken by Mathew Gill from the left by-line, Mark Ellis manages to make a clearance.

22:15

Mustapha Carayol takes a shot. Save by Robert Olejnik.

20:47

The ball is sent over by Mustapha Carayol, Chris Zebroski produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.

18:34

Mathew Gill crosses the ball in from the free kick, save made by Robert Olejnik.

18:34 Booking

Booking Caution for Brian Saah.

18:15

Brian Saah concedes a free kick for a foul on Mustapha Carayol.

15:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dan Woodards on Rene Howe. Direct free kick taken by Damon Lathrope.

15:14

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Mathew Gill from the right by-line, clearance by Eunan O'Kane.

14:37

Corner taken by Mathew Gill from the left by-line, Eunan O'Kane makes a clearance.

14:30

Centre by James Paterson, blocked by Damon Lathrope.

13:41

The referee blows for offside. Scott Bevan takes the indirect free kick.

13:19

Damon Lathrope takes a shot. Save made by Scott Bevan.

12:15

Inswinging corner taken by Mathew Gill from the left by-line, save by Robert Olejnik.

12:07

The ball is sent over by Chris Zebroski, Joe Oastler gets a block in.

11:04

Free kick awarded for a foul by Damon Lathrope on Mustapha Carayol. Free kick taken by Mathew Gill.

10:43

Centre by Kevin Nicholson, save made by Scott Bevan.

9:00

The offside flag is raised against Matt Harrold. Robert Olejnik restarts play with the free kick.

8:32

Lee Mansell concedes a free kick for a foul on Mustapha Carayol. Mathew Gill restarts play with the free kick.

7:40

The ball is crossed by Eunan O'Kane, Dan Woodards manages to make a clearance.

6:37

Corner from the right by-line taken by Kevin Nicholson, Scott Bevan makes a save.

6:19

Mustapha Carayol sends in a cross.

5:27

Inswinging corner taken by Eunan O'Kane from the left by-line, Mark Ellis takes a shot. Save made by Scott Bevan.

5:18

Eunan O'Kane delivers the ball, blocked by Cian Bolger.

3:18

Eunan O'Kane takes a shot. Mathew Gill gets a block in.

1:20

Dan Woodards delivers the ball, save by Robert Olejnik.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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