Rene Howe scored his ninth goal of the season as Torquay returned to winning ways against Accrington.

Howe netted for the sixth time in six league games, converting from the spot after Michael Liddle's handball.

Padraig Amond's header momentarily brought the visitors level, but Billy Bodin nodded fellow Welshman Nathan Craig's cross home two minutes later.

And captain Lee Mansell's far-post header from Kevin Nicholson's corner sealed the points for the Gulls.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Torquay United manager Martin Ling told BBC Radio Devon:

"I think it was a thoroughly deserved three points. We should've won by a lot more, we had six one-on-ones with their goalkeeper and we missed them all.

"I didn't see the penalty, but I spoke to the bench and they all said 'yeah'. When Rene steps up there he's coolness personified, you know he's going to score.

"You could smell the equaliser coming.

"I think overall it was an eight out of ten performance and we had eight or nine players out there performing at their maximum and if we do that we are a test for anyone in this league."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Torquay

  • 01 Poke
  • 02 Oastler
  • 03 Nicholson
  • 04 Downes
  • 05 Saah
  • 06 Lathrope
  • 07 Mansell
  • 15 Bodin
  • 19 Stevens (Macklin - 66' )
  • 20 Craig (Easton - 76' )
  • 09 Howe Booked

Substitutes

  • 13 Rice
  • 21 Cruise
  • 30 Mackenzie
  • 18 Easton
  • 08 Jarvis
  • 14 Macklin (Cruise - 83' )
  • 23 Yeoman

Accrington Stanley

  • 25 Dunbavin
  • 02 Murphy Booked
  • 03 Liddle
  • 06 Winnard
  • 29 Atkinson
  • 04 Joyce
  • 28 Schofield (Dixon - 61' )
  • 30 Mingoia
  • 09 Sheppard (Amond - 60' )
  • 20 Sampson (Hatfield - 77' )
  • 33 Boco

Substitutes

  • 22 Dawber
  • 10 Hatfield
  • 11 Chippendale
  • 12 Miller
  • 15 Dixon
  • 07 Lindfield
  • 23 Amond
Ref: Hooper
Att: 2,474

Match Stats

Shots

13 2

On target

7 1

Corners

8 7

Fouls

9 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:07 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +3:27

Rene Howe takes a shot. Blocked by Rob Atkinson. Corner taken by Kevin Nicholson from the left by-line.

90:00 +2:11

The ball is swung over by Kevin Nicholson.

88:36

Effort on goal by Lee Mansell from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.

87:47

Craig Easton takes a shot. Save by Ian Dunbavin.

85:48

Shot from just outside the area by Billy Bodin goes over the bar.

84:30

Lee Mansell fouled by Michael Liddle, the ref awards a free kick. Kevin Nicholson takes the direct free kick.

82:03 Substitution

Substitution Thomas Cruise replaces Lloyd Macklin.

79:17

Assist on the goal came from Kevin Nicholson. Inswinging corner taken by Michael Liddle, Michael Poke makes a save.

79:17 Goal scored

Goal! - Lee Mansell - Torquay 3 - 1 Accrington Lee Mansell finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Torquay 3-1 Accrington Stanley.

78:44

Inswinging corner taken by Kevin Nicholson from the right by-line played to the near post.

78:28

Corner taken left-footed by Kevin Nicholson, clearance made by Peter Murphy.

77:25

Romuald Boco sends in a cross.

75:56 Substitution

Substitution Jack Sampson goes off and Will Hatfield comes on.

75:56 Substitution

Substitution Craig Easton replaces Nathan Craig.

74:34

Corner taken short by Michael Liddle.

73:31

Corner taken by Nathan Craig, clearance by Romuald Boco.

73:20

Lloyd Macklin produces a cross.

72:01 Booking

Booking Booking for Rene Howe for unsporting behaviour.

71:55

Unfair challenge on Peter Murphy by Rene Howe results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Liddle.

70:28

Free kick awarded for a foul by Rene Howe on Peter Murphy. Direct free kick taken by Peter Murphy.

69:54

Inswinging corner taken by Piero Mingoia.

66:32

Assist on the goal came from Joe Oastler.

66:32 Goal scored

Goal! - Billy Bodin - Torquay 2 - 1 Accrington Billy Bodin finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Torquay 2-1 Accrington Stanley.

66:00 Substitution

Substitution Lloyd Macklin comes on in place of Danny Stevens.

64:47

The assist for the goal came from Bohan Dixon.

64:47 Goal scored

Goal! - Padraig Amond - Torquay 1 - 1 Accrington Padraig Amond scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Torquay 1-1 Accrington Stanley.

59:52

Corner taken by Piero Mingoia. Short corner taken by Rene Howe from the left by-line.

59:52 Substitution

Substitution Danny Schofield leaves the field to be replaced by Bohan Dixon.

59:52 Substitution

Substitution Padraig Amond replaces Karl Sheppard.

57:21

Nathan Craig challenges Luke Joyce unfairly and gives away a free kick. Peter Murphy takes the direct free kick.

55:39

Billy Bodin has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.

53:41

Jack Sampson challenges Rene Howe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Poke restarts play with the free kick.

52:12

Danny Stevens has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.

50:57

Billy Bodin takes a shot. Save by Ian Dunbavin.

48:46

Danny Stevens takes a shot. Save by Ian Dunbavin.

48:08

Corner taken right-footed by Kevin Nicholson, clearance by Peter Murphy.

47:49

Joe Oastler takes a shot. Save by Ian Dunbavin.

47:19

Shot by Rene Howe. Save made by Ian Dunbavin.

46:05

Danny Schofield takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +1:15 Half time

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

45:00 +0:27 Booking

Booking Booking for Peter Murphy for unsporting behaviour.

45:00 +0:16

Peter Murphy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Stevens. Kevin Nicholson restarts play with the free kick.

43:50

The ball is swung over by Billy Bodin.

42:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Karl Sheppard on Aaron Downes. Direct free kick taken by Kevin Nicholson.

40:55

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Danny Schofield from the right by-line, clearance by Damon Lathrope.

40:37

Lee Mansell concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Schofield. Luke Joyce takes the direct free kick.

38:13

Damon Lathrope takes a shot. Save by Ian Dunbavin.

33:55

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

33:38

The ball is sent over by Dean Winnard, Joe Oastler manages to make a clearance.

33:24

Romuald Boco crosses the ball.

33:05

Billy Bodin takes a shot. Save by Ian Dunbavin.

29:55

The ball is sent over by Michael Liddle.

29:24

Piero Mingoia delivers the ball, clearance by Brian Saah.

26:22

Jack Sampson delivers the ball, Brian Saah makes a clearance.

25:16

Peter Murphy sends in a cross.

24:55

Brian Saah concedes a free kick for a foul on Karl Sheppard. Danny Schofield restarts play with the free kick.

24:14

The ball is delivered by Nathan Craig.

23:22

Joe Oastler fouled by Jack Sampson, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Poke restarts play with the free kick.

22:14

Damon Lathrope fouled by Luke Joyce, the ref awards a free kick. Kevin Nicholson takes the free kick.

21:10

Foul by Rene Howe on Rob Atkinson, free kick awarded. Ian Dunbavin restarts play with the free kick.

19:11

Foul by Luke Joyce on Rene Howe, free kick awarded. Kevin Nicholson takes the direct free kick.

18:17

Rene Howe concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Murphy. Peter Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

17:47

Danny Stevens has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.

16:53

The ball is swung over by Nathan Craig.

16:21

Short corner taken by Rene Howe.

15:00

Brian Saah gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Karl Sheppard. Piero Mingoia takes the direct free kick.

13:46

The ball is delivered by Kevin Nicholson, Rob Atkinson manages to make a clearance.

13:16

Romuald Boco takes a shot. Save made by Ian Dunbavin.

10:36

The ball is swung over by Romuald Boco, save by Michael Poke.

10:07

Jack Sampson concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathan Craig. Free kick taken by Kevin Nicholson.

8:43

Dean Winnard is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Michael Poke.

8:09

The ball is sent over by Piero Mingoia, clearance made by Joe Oastler.

7:40

Kevin Nicholson is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ian Dunbavin.

6:51

Corner taken by Nathan Craig from the right by-line, Jack Sampson makes a clearance.

6:12

Michael Liddle challenges Rene Howe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nathan Craig restarts play with the free kick.

5:20

Ian Dunbavin fouled by Rene Howe, the ref awards a free kick. Ian Dunbavin takes the direct free kick.

4:08 Goal scored

Goal! - Rene Howe - Torquay 1 - 0 Accrington Rene Howe scores a placed penalty. Torquay 1-0 Accrington Stanley.

3:13

The referee penalises Michael Liddle for handball.

2:47

Kevin Nicholson sends in a cross.

0:31

Corner taken by Romuald Boco from the right by-line played to the near post, Aaron Downes makes a clearance.

0:00

The match begins.

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