Promotion hopefuls Torquay and Southend cancelled each other out in a stalemate at Plainmoor.

Both sides hit the woodwork in the first half, with Southend midfielder Ryan Hall's 25-yard free-kick bouncing off the top of the bar.

Torquay's Ryan Jarvis, on loan from Walsall, headed onto a post following a corner from the left.

Central defender Mark Ellis made a brilliant goal-line clearance to deny Southend's Bilel Mohsni.

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Torquay United Manager Martin Ling told BBC Radio Devon:

"It was a hard-earned point. We worked our socks off defensively and never really tested their goalkeeper.

"A draw was a fair result. They came for a draw and they got what they came for. We wanted to win but I don't think we deserved it.

"They came here, worked hard, made it difficult for us and played to a pattern that they thought was right."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (3)

Torquay

  • 01 Olejnik
  • 03 Nicholson
  • 04 Ellis Booked
  • 06 Saah
  • 18 Oastler
  • 07 Mansell Booked
  • 10 O'Kane
  • 19 Stevens (Atieno - 70' )
  • 22 Lathrope Booked
  • 08 Jarvis (Rowe-Turner - 85' )
  • 09 Howe Booked

Substitutes

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

Southend

  • 35 Belford
  • 02 Clohessy
  • 03 Gilbert
  • 06 Bilel Booked
  • 12 Ferdinand
  • 15 Phillips
  • 23 Barker
  • 04 Hall
  • 07 Grant
  • 08 Timlin
  • 09 Harris (Eastwood - 80' )

Substitutes

  • 34 Hills
  • 11 Sawyer
  • 14 Martin
  • 20 Crawford
  • 37 Eastwood
Ref: Mark Heywood
Att: 3,408

Match Stats

Shots

10 8

On target

3 4

Corners

6 3

Fouls

11 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:29 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +2:30

Eunan O'Kane crosses the ball.

90:00 +2:14

Free kick awarded for a foul by Bilel Mohsni on Kevin Nicholson. Direct free kick taken by Kevin Nicholson.

90:00 +1:30

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

89:56 Booking

Booking Mark Ellis goes into the book.

89:43

The ball is swung over by Ryan Hall,

87:14

Rene Howe challenges Anthony Grant unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Timlin takes the free kick.

86:21

Peter Gilbert concedes a free kick for a foul on Taiwo Atieno. Direct free kick taken by Kevin Nicholson.

85:49

A cross is delivered by Kevin Nicholson.

85:04

Eunan O'Kane takes the inswinging corner, Bilel Mohsni manages to make a clearance.

83:57

Free kick taken by Brian Saah.

83:57 Substitution

Substitution (Torquay) makes a substitution, with Lathanial Rowe-Turner coming on for Ryan Jarvis.

83:57

Unfair challenge on Eunan O'Kane by Bilel Mohsni results in a free kick.

82:20

Free kick taken by Chris Barker.

82:20 Booking

Booking Lee Mansell is cautioned.

81:47

Lee Mansell challenges Ryan Hall unfairly and gives away a free kick.

81:27

The ball is sent over by Sean Clohessy, clearance made by Mark Ellis.

80:41

The ball is swung over by Kevin Nicholson, save by Cameron Belford.

79:37 Substitution

Substitution Freddy Eastwood replaces Neil Harris.

78:20

Joe Oastler produces a cross.

76:55

Rene Howe takes a shot. Save made by Cameron Belford.

76:18

Foul by Kane Ferdinand on Kevin Nicholson, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Robert Olejnik.

75:26 Booking

Booking Rene Howe goes into the book.

75:05

A cross is delivered by Ryan Hall, clearance by Kevin Nicholson.

74:54

Corner taken by Ryan Hall from the left by-line, Taiwo Atieno manages to make a clearance.

74:01

Eunan O'Kane gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Anthony Grant. Ryan Hall delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, clearance by Ryan Jarvis.

71:53

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Kevin Nicholson from the right by-line, save by Cameron Belford.

71:44

Ryan Jarvis produces a cross, Neil Harris manages to make a clearance.

71:05

Corner taken left-footed by Kevin Nicholson from the right by-line, Bilel Mohsni manages to make a clearance.

70:45

Neil Harris is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Kevin Nicholson takes the direct free kick.

69:35 Substitution

Substitution (Torquay) makes a substitution, with Taiwo Atieno coming on for Danny Stevens.

68:38

Anthony Grant takes a shot. Neil Harris gets a block in.

68:02

The ball is sent over by Michael Timlin, clearance made by Mark Ellis.

67:52

Ryan Hall crosses the ball, Mark Ellis manages to make a clearance.

66:57

Bilel Mohsni takes a shot. Robert Olejnik makes a save. Lee Mansell handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Barker.

66:14

The ball is delivered by Sean Clohessy.

65:48

Michael Timlin takes a shot. Blocked by Joe Oastler.

65:12

The ball is crossed by Sean Clohessy, blocked by Kevin Nicholson. Corner from the right by-line taken by Ryan Hall, save by Robert Olejnik.

63:11

The ball is sent over by Ryan Hall, Robert Olejnik makes a save.

62:55

A cross is delivered by Neil Harris, Brian Saah gets a block in.

60:31

Shot from 20 yards from Ryan Hall. Robert Olejnik makes a save.

59:00

Ryan Hall challenges Lee Mansell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kevin Nicholson. Effort on goal by Rene Howe from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

56:46

Kane Ferdinand is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Robert Olejnik restarts play with the free kick.

55:39

Neil Harris sends in a cross, Effort on goal by Michael Timlin from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

54:52

Rene Howe produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

53:40

Chris Barker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Jarvis. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Eunan O'Kane, Neil Harris manages to make a clearance.

50:51

Anthony Grant fouled by Lee Mansell, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris Barker.

50:01

Sean Clohessy delivers the ball, Brian Saah manages to make a clearance.

46:35

Unfair challenge on Rene Howe by Sean Clohessy results in a free kick. Eunan O'Kane produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

46:25

Centre by Michael Timlin, clearance made by Kevin Nicholson.

46:04

Sean Clohessy sends in a cross.

45:22

Eunan O'Kane crosses the ball, Ryan Jarvis takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +2:12 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +1:34

The ball is crossed by Sean Clohessy.

44:37 Booking

Booking Bilel Mohsni is shown a yellow card.

43:11

Joe Oastler challenges Ryan Hall unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Peter Gilbert.

40:18

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rene Howe by Chris Barker. Kevin Nicholson takes the direct free kick. Left-footed shot by Kevin Nicholson went wide left of the goal.

39:47

The ball is delivered by Sean Clohessy, save by Robert Olejnik.

38:01

Corner taken by Eunan O'Kane from the left by-line, save made by Cameron Belford.

37:52

The ball is swung over by Ryan Jarvis, Chris Barker makes a clearance.

37:15

Corner taken right-footed by Eunan O'Kane, Kevin Nicholson sends in a cross, Bilel Mohsni makes a clearance.

36:13

Rene Howe delivers the ball.

33:07

Ryan Hall shoots direct from the free kick,

33:07 Booking

Booking Damon Lathrope goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

33:01

Damon Lathrope challenges Anthony Grant unfairly and gives away a free kick.

30:36

Bilel Mohsni is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Robert Olejnik.

29:58

Mark Phillips fouled by Rene Howe, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Cameron Belford.

28:14

Unfair challenge on Rene Howe by Chris Barker results in a free kick. Kevin Nicholson restarts play with the free kick. Eunan O'Kane takes a shot. Neil Harris gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Eunan O'Kane from the left by-line, Header by Ryan Jarvis from inside the area strikes the post.

27:39

The referee blows for offside against Bilel Mohsni. Robert Olejnik takes the indirect free kick.

27:27

The ball is sent over by Peter Gilbert, clearance made by Lee Mansell.

26:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Anthony Grant by Danny Stevens. Direct free kick taken by Cameron Belford.

25:40

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Ryan Hall from the left by-line, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Ellis by Bilel Mohsni. Robert Olejnik restarts play with the free kick.

24:46

Free kick awarded for a foul by Rene Howe on Kane Ferdinand. Cameron Belford takes the direct free kick.

20:42

Sean Clohessy produces a cross, Effort on goal by Michael Timlin from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

18:54

Free kick awarded for a foul by Bilel Mohsni on Mark Ellis. Direct free kick taken by Robert Olejnik.

18:38

Sean Clohessy sends in a cross, clearance by Mark Ellis.

17:48

Kevin Nicholson sends in a cross. Damon Lathrope takes a shot. Cameron Belford makes a save.

15:21

Ryan Hall sends in a cross, clearance by Mark Ellis.

14:17

Neil Harris takes a shot. Save by Robert Olejnik.

13:54

A cross is delivered by Kevin Nicholson, clearance made by Ryan Hall.

10:15

Handball decision goes against Anthony Grant. Free kick crossed left-footed by Kevin Nicholson from left wing.

7:52

Kevin Nicholson sends in a cross, Sean Clohessy gets a block in.

5:46

Bilel Mohsni fouled by Damon Lathrope, the ref awards a free kick. Anthony Grant takes the direct free kick.

4:25

The referee penalises Lee Mansell for handball. Free kick taken by Cameron Belford.

2:33

A cross is delivered by Joe Oastler.

1:45

Unfair challenge on Mark Phillips by Rene Howe results in a free kick. Ryan Hall takes the free kick. The referee blows for offside against Bilel Mohsni. Free kick taken by Robert Olejnik.

0:27

Foul by Anthony Grant on Lee Mansell, free kick awarded. Kevin Nicholson restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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