Alan Gow's late penalty earned Exeter City a deserved draw against Torquay United in the Devon derby.

The hosts took an early lead through Rene Howe's powerful spot-kick after a handball by defender Scott Bennett.

The Grecians came back strongly in the second half, with Jimmy Keohane's audacious flick forcing a fine save from Gulls goalkeeper Michael Poke.

And Exeter got the goal their pressure merited as Gow stepped up to score from the spot after he was fouled.

It was the home side who had the better of the opening stages, with Ryan Jarvis and Lee Mansell both having early attempts on goal.

And the Gulls deservedly went ahead thanks to Howe's confidently dispatched penalty, after Bennett was adjudged to have handled in the area.

In an open first half, Steve Tully and Keohane both fired shots just wide as the Grecians looked to respond.

The chances continued to flow after the break and visiting goalkeeper Artur Krysiak had to be alert to tip over Howe's volley.

At the other end, second-half substitute Gow's curling effort drifted just wide of Poke's goal.

And, after Keohane and Gow both missed further chances for the away side, the equaliser duly came through the latter's penalty with six minutes remaining.

The result means Torquay are now without a win in six matches, while Exeter's run of five consecutive away victories comes to an end.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Torquay United

  • 01 Poke
  • 02 Oastler
  • 03 Nicholson
  • 04 Downes
  • 05 Saah Booked
  • 06 Lathrope
  • 07 Mansell
  • 08 Jarvis (Thompson - 63' )
  • 15 Bodin (Stevens - 78' )
  • 20 Craig
  • 09 Howe

Substitutes

  • 13 Rice
  • 16 MacDonald
  • 21 Cruise
  • 18 Easton
  • 19 Stevens
  • 29 Thompson
  • 23 Yeoman

Exeter City

  • 01 Krysiak
  • 02 Tully Booked
  • 03 Woodman
  • 05 Baldwin
  • 06 Coles
  • 16 Amankwaah
  • 04 Bennett Booked
  • 11 Davies (Oakley - 56' )
  • 14 Doherty
  • 19 O'Flynn (Keohane - 9' )
  • 21 Bauza (Gow - 46' )

Substitutes

  • 24 Evans
  • 27 Anderson
  • 37 Moore-Taylor
  • 08 Oakley
  • 22 Keohane
  • 10 Gow
  • 35 Reid
Ref: Pawson
Att: 4,476

Match Stats

Shots

7 9

On target

2 2

Corners

3 6

Fouls

13 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:13 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +3:52

Lee Mansell fouled by Matt Oakley, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kevin Nicholson.

90:00 +2:18

Alan Gow produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.

90:00 +1:26

The ball is sent over by Kevin Nicholson, Tommy Doherty manages to make a clearance.

89:23

Aaron Downes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steve Tully. Shot comes in from Alan Gow from the free kick, Michael Poke makes a save.

86:43

Pat Baldwin fouled by Rene Howe, the ref awards a free kick. Pat Baldwin takes the free kick.

86:00

Alan Gow produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

84:00 Goal scored

Goal! - Alan Gow - Torquay 1 - 1 Exeter Penalty taken left-footed by Alan Gow and scored. Torquay 1-1 Exeter.

82:43

Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Alan Gow by Joe Oastler.

81:59

Brian Saah takes the free kick.

81:59 Booking

Booking Brian Saah booked for time wasting.

81:14

Craig Woodman produces a cross, clearance by Aaron Downes. Foul by Danny Coles on Rene Howe, free kick awarded.

78:31

Kevin Nicholson takes the free kick.

78:31 Booking

Booking Steve Tully receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

78:26

Steve Tully gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Stevens.

77:13

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Artur Krysiak.

77:13 Substitution

Substitution Danny Stevens comes on in place of Billy Bodin.

75:40

Nathan Craig takes a shot.

71:33

Jimmy Keohane takes a shot. Michael Poke makes a save. Matt Oakley takes the inswinging corner, Corner from the right by-line taken by Alan Gow, Brian Saah manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Alan Gow played to the near post. Jimmy Keohane handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Poke. Save by Michael Poke.

70:11

Rene Howe concedes a free kick for a foul on Pat Baldwin. Pat Baldwin takes the free kick.

67:48

Alan Gow produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.

67:25

The ball is swung over by Steve Tully, clearance by Aaron Downes.

66:27

Nathan Craig is ruled offside. Artur Krysiak takes the free kick.

62:43 Substitution

Substitution Niall Thompson replaces Ryan Jarvis.

62:04

Unfair challenge on Michael Poke by Matt Oakley results in a free kick. Michael Poke restarts play with the free kick.

61:18

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Alan Gow played to the near post, Michael Poke makes a save.

58:22

Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Alan Gow goes wide of the left-hand post.

57:42

Kevin Amankwaah fouled by Billy Bodin, the ref awards a free kick. Kevin Amankwaah restarts play with the free kick.

55:13

Direct free kick taken by Michael Poke.

55:13 Substitution

Substitution Matt Oakley on for Arron Davies.

55:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Nicholson by Pat Baldwin.

54:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Pat Baldwin on Rene Howe. Kevin Nicholson takes the direct free kick.

53:43

Billy Bodin sends in a cross, Danny Coles makes a clearance.

50:12

Corner taken by Nathan Craig played to the near post, clearance made by Kevin Amankwaah.

49:47

Kevin Nicholson produces a cross, Rene Howe takes a shot. Comfortable save by Artur Krysiak.

48:57

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Arron Davies by Joe Oastler. Craig Woodman takes the free kick.

47:29

A cross is delivered by Steve Tully, clearance by Kevin Nicholson.

46:41

The ball is delivered by Alan Gow, Aaron Downes manages to make a clearance.

46:26

Alan Gow sends in a cross, Aaron Downes makes a clearance.

45:40

Rene Howe is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Danny Coles takes the direct free kick.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution (Exeter) makes a substitution, with Alan Gow coming on for Guillem Bauza.

45:00 +2:10 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +1:56

The ball is sent over by Arron Davies, Ryan Jarvis makes a clearance.

45:00 +0:15

Steve Tully delivers the ball, clearance made by Nathan Craig.

44:14

Guillem Bauza is ruled offside. Michael Poke takes the free kick.

39:24

Unfair challenge on Jimmy Keohane by Brian Saah results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Craig Woodman.

38:28

Kevin Nicholson crosses the ball.

37:48

Billy Bodin takes a shot. Save by Artur Krysiak.

37:24

Centre by Craig Woodman.

36:27

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tommy Doherty by Damon Lathrope. Tommy Doherty restarts play with the free kick.

34:47

Nathan Craig produces a cross.

34:29

The ball is swung over by Kevin Nicholson, save made by Artur Krysiak.

33:09

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Mansell on Kevin Amankwaah. Direct free kick taken by Kevin Amankwaah.

32:40

Danny Coles produces a cross, save made by Michael Poke.

29:38

Foul by Arron Davies on Ryan Jarvis, free kick awarded. Nathan Craig has an effort direct from the free kick.

29:03

The ball is crossed by Kevin Nicholson, clearance by Pat Baldwin.

27:58

Foul by Guillem Bauza on Aaron Downes, free kick awarded. Kevin Nicholson takes the free kick.

26:58

Tommy Doherty fouled by Damon Lathrope, the ref awards a free kick. Craig Woodman takes the free kick.

26:44

Shot by Jimmy Keohane from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.

25:28

Centre by Nathan Craig, Billy Bodin takes a shot. Save made by Artur Krysiak.

23:12

Shot from just outside the box by Steve Tully misses to the left of the target.

20:38

Kevin Nicholson produces a cross, clearance by Artur Krysiak.

19:50

Artur Krysiak fouled by Rene Howe, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Artur Krysiak.

18:27

Arron Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Damon Lathrope. Free kick crossed left-footed by Nathan Craig, Artur Krysiak makes a comfortable save. Kevin Nicholson takes the outswinging corner, save made by Artur Krysiak.

18:09

Arron Davies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Oastler. Joe Oastler restarts play with the free kick.

14:58 Goal scored

Goal! - Rene Howe - Torquay 1 - 0 Exeter Placed penalty scored by Rene Howe. Torquay 1-0 Exeter.

14:03 Booking

Booking Scot Bennett shown a yellow card.

13:35

The ball is sent over by Nathan Craig. Foul by Scot Bennett on Rene Howe, Penalty awarded.

12:37

Foul by Guillem Bauza on Damon Lathrope, free kick awarded. Brian Saah restarts play with the free kick.

11:39

Unfair challenge on Rene Howe by Danny Coles results in a free kick. Kevin Nicholson takes the direct free kick.

11:22

Kevin Amankwaah delivers the ball, clearance made by Brian Saah.

10:47

Short corner worked by Craig Woodman, save made by Michael Poke. The ball is delivered by Tommy Doherty, clearance by Aaron Downes.

7:34

Artur Krysiak takes the free kick.

7:34 Substitution

Substitution Jimmy Keohane replaces John O'Flynn.

7:34

Unfair challenge on John O'Flynn by Rene Howe results in a free kick.

6:42

Lee Mansell takes a shot. Clearance by Tommy Doherty. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Kevin Nicholson from the left by-line.

5:08

Joe Oastler delivers the ball, Shot from close range by Ryan Jarvis misses to the left of the target.

4:49

The ball is delivered by Lee Mansell.

3:33

Corner taken by Scot Bennett from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Nathan Craig.

3:20

Guillem Bauza has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

2:13

Ryan Jarvis concedes a free kick for a foul on Scot Bennett. Artur Krysiak restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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