Cheltenham moved up to third in League Two with a narrow victory over Torquay.

Robins defender Keith Lowe broke the deadlock when he headed in his fifth goal of the season from Kaid Mohamed's corner.

The hosts doubled their lead after the break when Shaun Harrad turned and swept the ball past Michael Poke.

Torquay rarely troubled Scott Brown, but the Cheltenham keeper failed to keep out Rene Howe's soft shot on the half-volley late on.

Mark Yates's side should have sealed victory before Howe's goal, but Mohamed, Russ Penn and substitute Darryl Duffy all missed clear-cut chances.

It was a nervy finish for a new-look Cheltenham - who handed debuts to four players - but they held on for all three points.

Gulls manager Martin Ling was absent for the second consecutive match through illness, and his side slipped to 16th in the table.

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Cheltenham Town manager Mark Yates told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"It took a little time for us to get into a stride, but that's what you get when you bring in new faces.

"I thought we looked strong and organised, we've bought in some good players on top of the ones we already have.

"I think the players responded in the right way and thought Kaid Mohammad played his best game in a while and Jermaine McGlashan stepped up all of a sudden.

"It's good to win because we needed that, it's just a pity we didn't get the clean sheet."

Torquay assistant manager Shaun Taylor told BBC Radio Devon:

"First half we thought we did OK, second half, maybe not enough for us to get a result. We got a late goal but then huffed and puffed a bit.

"We were just a little bit loose in what we did. How we performed on Monday compared to today was disappointing in the second half.

"They got the ball forward and we had to deal with lots of aerial challenges. The ball was in the air quite a bit today, but I think we dealt with that generally.

"Three points from six against Exeter and Cheltenham isn't bad."

Match Stats

Shots

12 6

On target

4 2

Corners

3 3

Fouls

12 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:06 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +1:57

Corner from the right by-line taken by Kevin Nicholson, Scott Brown makes a save.

90:00 +1:29

Jermaine McGlashan concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Nicholson. Kevin Nicholson takes the free kick.

89:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by Russell Penn on Lloyd Macklin. Kevin Nicholson takes the free kick.

88:16

Lee Mansell concedes a free kick for a foul on Keith Lowe. Michael Hector restarts play with the free kick.

87:01 Goal scored

Goal! - Rene Howe - Cheltenham 2 - 1 Torquay Rene Howe gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Cheltenham 2-1 Torquay.

84:52

Rene Howe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steve Elliott. Direct free kick taken by Michael Hector.

84:27

Effort from deep inside the area by Darryl Duffy misses to the left of the goal.

83:45

Darryl Duffy produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.

81:42 Substitution

Substitution Kaid Mohamed goes off and Darren Carter comes on.

80:45

Ryan Jarvis concedes a free kick for a foul on Darryl Duffy. Free kick taken by Kaid Mohamed.

76:41 Substitution

Substitution Darryl Duffy comes on in place of Shaun Harrad.

76:17 Substitution

Substitution Byron Harrison comes on in place of Paul Benson.

75:31 Substitution

Substitution Thomas Cruise comes on in place of Joe Oastler.

74:29

Ryan Jarvis has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.

70:20

Russell Penn takes a shot. Michael Poke makes a save.

69:24

Lee Mansell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Russell Penn. Free kick taken by Russell Penn.

68:30

A cross is delivered by Kevin Nicholson.

67:44

Kevin Nicholson takes the direct free kick.

67:44 Booking

Booking The referee shows Jermaine McGlashan a yellow card.

67:22

Jermaine McGlashan challenges Ryan Jarvis unfairly and gives away a free kick.

64:57 Substitution

Substitution Lloyd Macklin joins the action as a substitute, replacing Nathan Craig.

56:15

Shaun Harrad takes a shot. Save by Michael Poke.

53:49

Corner from the right by-line taken by Nathan Craig, Keith Lowe manages to make a clearance.

53:11

Joe Oastler fouled by Paul Benson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Downes.

52:08

Free kick taken by Keith Lowe.

52:08 Booking

Booking Rene Howe shown a yellow card.

51:45

Jermaine McGlashan fouled by Rene Howe, the ref awards a free kick.

50:25 Goal scored

Goal! - Shaun Harrad - Cheltenham 2 - 0 Torquay Goal scored by Shaun Harrad from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Cheltenham 2-0 Torquay.

50:02

Jermaine McGlashan delivers the ball,

47:29

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Damon Lathrope by Paul Benson. Kevin Nicholson takes the direct free kick.

46:08

Shaun Harrad produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

45:17

Aaron Downes concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Benson. Free kick taken by Kaid Mohamed.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +2:21 Half time

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

45:00 +1:07

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Nicholson by Paul Benson. Direct free kick taken by Kevin Nicholson.

45:00 +0:02

Nathan Craig takes the inswinging corner, save by Scott Brown.

42:16

Close range header by Brian Saah goes wide of the left-hand upright.

41:12

Free kick awarded for a foul by Russell Penn on Ryan Jarvis. Direct free kick taken by Kevin Nicholson.

40:22

Rene Howe challenges Russell Penn unfairly and gives away a free kick. Scott Brown restarts play with the free kick.

39:38

Michael Hector concedes a free kick for a foul on Rene Howe. Kevin Nicholson takes the direct free kick.

39:10

Russell Penn has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

35:43

Unfair challenge on Michael Hector by Rene Howe results in a free kick. Russell Penn takes the direct free kick.

32:18 Goal scored

Goal! - Keith Lowe - Cheltenham 1 - 0 Torquay Keith Lowe grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box high into the middle of the goal. Cheltenham 1-0 Torquay.

31:38

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Kaid Mohamed played to the near post,

30:40

Rene Howe is ruled offside. Scott Brown takes the direct free kick.

27:26

The referee penalises Brian Saah for handball. Kaid Mohamed restarts play with the free kick.

26:09

Rene Howe is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Scott Brown takes the direct free kick.

23:16

Lee Mansell produces a right-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.

21:46

Long distance shot from Keith Lowe misses to the left of the goal.

19:42

Damon Lathrope takes the direct free kick.

19:42 Booking

Booking The referee books Damon Lathrope for unsporting behaviour.

19:16

Russell Penn concedes a free kick for a foul on Billy Bodin.

18:39

Rene Howe takes a shot. Save by Scott Brown.

17:14

Foul by Steve Elliott on Ryan Jarvis, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Kevin Nicholson.

16:40

Close range headed effort by Keith Lowe goes wide of the left-hand post.

15:47

Lee Mansell concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermaine McGlashan. Direct free kick taken by Kaid Mohamed.

14:23

The assistant referee flags for offside against Aaron Downes. Direct free kick taken by Scott Brown.

13:39

Free kick awarded for a foul by Russell Penn on Billy Bodin. Nathan Craig takes the free kick.

12:22

Michael Hector takes a shot. Michael Poke gets a block in.

11:43

Inswinging corner taken by Kaid Mohamed from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Joe Oastler.

10:43

Unfair challenge on Damon Lathrope by Michael Hector results in a free kick. Kevin Nicholson takes the free kick.

9:49

Jason Taylor produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.

9:17

Corner taken by Kaid Mohamed from the left by-line, clearance by Ryan Jarvis.

6:33

Billy Bodin takes a shot.

2:14

The referee blows for offside. Michael Poke restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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