Rene Howe scored a first-half penalty as Torquay United defeated Exeter City in the Devon derby at St James' Park.

The spot kick was awarded after Billy Bodin beat Steve Tully with a nutmeg but was then tripped by the full-back.

Jimmy Keohane shot wide for Exeter before the break after debutant Mark Molesley created the opening.

Exeter substitute Jamie Cureton was denied by Michael Poke after the break, while Guillem Bauza headed wastefully wide late in the game.

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