Torquay United's march towards League One continued with their sixth win in eight games as they beat Accrington Stanley at Plainmoor.

Rene Howe's left-footed strike was the difference between the two sides as the striker capitalised on good work by Ryan Jarvis.

The Gulls could have made it a lot easier for themselves had Mark Ellis converted two good chances.

The defender hit the bar and volleyed just over in the second half.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Torquay United manager Martin Ling told BBC Radio Devon:

"It's getting to the stage of the season where performances are not as good as they have been, the players are looking nervy and edgy, but seem to be able to do the job when needed.

"I thought it might get away from us, especially when we missed the two gilt-edged chances.

"We needed to impose our tempo on them and I think we did that in the second half.

"We're carrying injuries, there are four players in the starting 11 that are not training at all times."

Accrington Stanley manager Paul Cook told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"We played really well today and, for long spells, I thought we were the better team.

"We had some really good performances and it was on the back of really good support as well.

"We never accept getting beaten. It's part and parcel of the game but you should never be pleased when you get beaten.

"But as a manager, if you play like that, you'll win a lot more than you lose."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Torquay

  • 01 Olejnik
  • 03 Nicholson
  • 04 Ellis Booked
  • 06 Saah
  • 18 Oastler Booked
  • 07 Mansell
  • 10 O'Kane
  • 11 Morris
  • 19 Stevens (Rowe-Turner - 88' )
  • 22 Lathrope Booked (Jarvis - 66' )
  • 09 Howe (Atieno - 80' )

Substitutes

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

Accrington Stanley

  • 25 Dunbavin Booked
  • 12 Murphy Booked
  • 29 Liddle Booked
  • 08 Barnett
  • 11 Joyce
  • 14 McIntyre
  • 17 Devitt (Hatfield - 81' )
  • 24 Hopper (Evans - 66' )
  • 07 Lindfield
  • 16 Grant
  • 23 Amond (Craney - 46' )

Substitutes

  • 22 Nicholls
  • 10 Craney
  • 30 Hatfield
  • 09 Guthrie
  • 19 Evans
Ref: Stroud
Att: 3,934

Match Stats

Shots

14 11

On target

3 7

Corners

5 5

Fouls

8 4

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:15 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +3:13

Free kick taken by Kevin Nicholson.

90:00 +3:13 Booking

Booking Michael Liddle booked for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +3:06

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Liddle on Lathanial Rowe-Turner.

90:00 +2:51

Craig Lindfield produces a cross, Mark Ellis makes a clearance.

90:00 +1:50

Charlie Barnett has an effort at goal from 30 yards. Save by Robert Olejnik.

89:05

The ball is crossed by Charlie Barnett, Shot by Will Hatfield. Robert Olejnik makes a save.

87:52

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Liddle by Taiwo Atieno. Ian Dunbavin restarts play with the free kick.

87:14 Substitution

Substitution Lathanial Rowe-Turner joins the action as a substitute, replacing Danny Stevens.

86:50

The ball is crossed by Eunan O'Kane, Effort on goal by Ryan Jarvis from just inside the area clears the bar.

85:45

Kevin Nicholson takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.

84:42

Kevin McIntyre sends in a cross, clearance made by Brian Saah.

82:40

Luke Joyce produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.

82:33

The ball is delivered by Craig Lindfield.

81:55 Booking

Booking Joe Oastler goes into the book.

80:22 Substitution

Substitution Jamie Devitt leaves the field to be replaced by Will Hatfield.

79:08 Substitution

Substitution (Torquay) makes a substitution, with Taiwo Atieno coming on for Rene Howe.

78:58

Ian Morris takes a shot from long range which goes wide of the right-hand post.

76:36

Corner taken by Charlie Barnett. Inswinging corner taken by Jamie Devitt.

76:25

Bobby Grant takes a shot. Eunan O'Kane gets a block in.

75:04

Danny Stevens gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Charlie Barnett. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Bobby Grant, Lee Mansell makes a clearance.

72:21

Assist by Ryan Jarvis.

72:21 Goal scored

Goal! - Rene Howe - Torquay 1 - 0 Accrington Rene Howe scores a goal from inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Torquay 1-0 Accrington Stanley.

70:02

Jamie Devitt takes a shot. Save by Robert Olejnik.

67:59

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Joyce by Eunan O'Kane. Strike comes in from Jamie Devitt from the free kick.

67:40

Ryan Jarvis takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Liddle.

66:57

Ian Craney produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.

65:59 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Jarvis is brought on as a substitute for Damon Lathrope.

65:41 Substitution

Substitution Micah Evans replaces Ryan Hopper.

64:27

Corner taken left-footed by Bobby Grant to the near post, Kevin Nicholson makes a clearance.

64:16

Centre by Jamie Devitt, blocked by Kevin Nicholson.

63:45

Eunan O'Kane takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Peter Murphy.

63:35

Kevin Nicholson crosses the ball, clearance made by Michael Liddle.

60:22

Mark Ellis takes a shot.

60:15

A cross is delivered by Ian Morris.

59:14

Free kick crossed by Eunan O'Kane, save by Ian Dunbavin.

59:14 Booking

Booking Peter Murphy goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

59:00

Peter Murphy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rene Howe.

58:03

Eunan O'Kane produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.

57:28

The ball is crossed by Kevin Nicholson, clearance made by Peter Murphy.

56:07

The ball is delivered by Charlie Barnett, save by Robert Olejnik.

54:44

Danny Stevens produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.

52:37 Booking

Booking Ian Dunbavin goes into the book for time wasting.

52:02

Close range effort by Mark Ellis clears the crossbar.

51:40

Inswinging corner taken by Eunan O'Kane, clearance made by Charlie Barnett.

50:56

Bobby Grant takes a shot. Mark Ellis gets a block in.

48:46

Ian Morris sends in a cross.

48:08

Inswinging corner taken by Jamie Devitt from the left by-line, save by Robert Olejnik.

46:04

A cross is delivered by Kevin Nicholson.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Padraig Amond leaves the field to be replaced by Ian Craney.

45:00 +3:19 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +2:36

Corner taken by Jamie Devitt, clearance made by Brian Saah.

45:00 +2:24

Centre by Bobby Grant, Joe Oastler gets a block in.

45:00 +0:39

Centre by Ian Morris.

45:00 +0:35

Lee Mansell crosses the ball.

44:03

Effort on goal by Eunan O'Kane from just inside the area clears the bar.

43:44

Centre by Eunan O'Kane, Michael Liddle manages to make a clearance.

42:58

Eunan O'Kane delivers the ball, Craig Lindfield makes a clearance.

41:55

Charlie Barnett crosses the ball, clearance made by Eunan O'Kane.

40:01

Centre by Kevin Nicholson. Ian Morris crosses the ball, clearance by Peter Murphy.

39:06

Eunan O'Kane has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.

37:31

Craig Lindfield delivers the ball.

36:48

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Kevin Nicholson, Luke Joyce makes a clearance.

36:41

The ball is sent over by Ian Morris, Luke Joyce manages to make a clearance.

36:02

Peter Murphy takes the direct free kick.

36:02 Booking

Booking Mark Ellis goes into the referee's book.

35:41

Mark Ellis challenges Bobby Grant unfairly and gives away a free kick.

35:29

Eunan O'Kane sends in a cross.

31:21

Danny Stevens takes a shot. Save by Ian Dunbavin.

30:04

Craig Lindfield takes a shot. Mark Ellis makes a clearance.

29:53

The ball is sent over by Kevin McIntyre.

28:44

Unfair challenge on Kevin Nicholson by Bobby Grant results in a free kick. Robert Olejnik restarts play with the free kick.

28:21

The ball is delivered by Rene Howe, Ian Dunbavin makes a save.

27:01

A cross is delivered by Charlie Barnett, Lee Mansell manages to make a clearance.

25:47

Foul by Rene Howe on Peter Murphy, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ian Dunbavin.

19:42

Shot by Bobby Grant missed to the left of the target.

16:54

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Mansell on Ryan Hopper. Kevin McIntyre restarts play with the free kick.

16:35

Jamie Devitt crosses the ball, Mark Ellis manages to make a clearance.

14:17

Eunan O'Kane has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

13:01

Bobby Grant crosses the ball in from the free kick, Mark Ellis manages to make a clearance.

13:01 Booking

Booking Damon Lathrope goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

12:42

Damon Lathrope concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie Devitt.

12:23

Handball by Ian Morris. Free kick taken by Kevin McIntyre.

11:42

Kevin Nicholson produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.

11:05

Corner taken by Kevin Nicholson.

10:14

Kevin Nicholson produces a cross.

8:20

Jamie Devitt delivers the ball.

8:05

Craig Lindfield sends in a cross, blocked by Ian Morris.

7:11

Eunan O'Kane concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Hopper. Bobby Grant has an effort direct from the free kick.

6:57

Luke Joyce crosses the ball, clearance made by Joe Oastler.

3:44

Shot by Ian Morris. Ian Dunbavin makes a save.

2:49

The ball is swung over by Joe Oastler, save by Ian Dunbavin.

2:07

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin McIntyre on Rene Howe. Joe Oastler restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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