Torquay registered their first point since January after a goalless draw in their relegation clash with Accrington.

The Gulls avoided a club-record equalling eighth straight defeat thanks to goalkeeper Michael Poke, who pulled off two vital saves from Lee Molyneux.

Billy Bodin was unlucky not to open Torquay's account after the break when his 25-yard effort skimmed the bar.

Will Hatfield had the ball in the net for the hosts in the final minutes but it was ruled out for offside.

Accrington remain precariously close to the bottom of the Football League standings in 22nd, with Torquay sitting two places above and two points from danger.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Accrington Stanley manager Leam Richardson told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"The first half was very lacklustre but we came out in the second half and were miles better.

"To have a penalty claim turned down and a goal disallowed - it's embarrassing.

"I didn't think the goal was offside. It takes the wind out of your sails and those decisions are adding up. They could be very costly."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (3)

Accrington Stanley

  • 01 Rachubka
  • 02 Murphy
  • 06 Winnard
  • 16 Hunt Booked
  • 24 Molyneux
  • 26 Aldred
  • 34 Wilson
  • 04 Joyce (Linganzi - 73' )
  • 17 Gray
  • 21 Beattie (Hatfield - 85' )
  • 33 Boco

Substitutes

  • 22 Dawber
  • 08 Barnett
  • 10 Hatfield
  • 12 Miller
  • 14 Clark
  • 27 Linganzi
  • 19 Carver

Torquay

  • 01 Poke
  • 02 Oastler Booked
  • 03 Nicholson
  • 05 Saah
  • 16 MacDonald
  • 06 Lathrope
  • 07 Mansell
  • 15 Bodin
  • 08 Jarvis (Leadbitter - 75' )
  • 09 Howe
  • 26 Benyon

Substitutes

  • 13 Rice
  • 12 Leadbitter
  • 21 Cruise
  • 11 Morris
  • 19 Stevens
  • 20 Craig
  • 29 Thompson
Ref: Jeremy Simpson
Att: 1,197

Match Stats

Shots

12 8

On target

8 2

Corners

14 6

Fouls

5 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:32 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +2:26

Free kick awarded for a foul by Laurence Wilson on Rene Howe. Kevin Nicholson has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, Michael Poke makes a save.

90:00 +1:27

James Gray takes a shot. Save by Michael Poke.

90:00 +0:46

Elliot Benyon is ruled offside. Paul Rachubka takes the indirect free kick.

89:51

Will Hatfield is adjudged to have handled the ball. Indirect free kick taken by Michael Poke.

87:36

Foul by Lee Molyneux on Joe Oastler, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Michael Poke.

86:47

Lee Molyneux produces a cross, Michael Poke makes a save.

85:49

The official flags Will Hatfield offside. Free kick taken by Michael Poke.

85:27

Romuald Boco takes a shot. Save by Michael Poke.

84:15 Substitution

Substitution Will Hatfield replaces James Beattie.

83:21

Unfair challenge on James Gray by Angus MacDonald results in a free kick. Lee Molyneux has an effort direct from the free kick.

81:37

Billy Bodin delivers the ball, Elliot Benyon has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.

80:31

Amine Linganzi delivers the ball. Corner from the right by-line taken by Laurence Wilson, save made by Michael Poke.

80:00

Laurence Wilson takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Brian Saah.

78:48

Effort from just outside the box by Lee Mansell goes over the bar.

74:48 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Jarvis goes off and Daniel Leadbitter comes on.

74:10

Peter Murphy takes a shot. Damon Lathrope gets a block in.

72:34 Substitution

Substitution Amine Linganzi replaces Luke Joyce.

72:34

James Gray fouled by Angus MacDonald, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Nicky Hunt.

69:24

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Luke Joyce, Ryan Jarvis manages to make a clearance.

68:01

Elliot Benyon is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Paul Rachubka takes the indirect free kick.

65:10

Ryan Jarvis takes a shot. Lee Molyneux gets a block in.

64:41

James Beattie crosses the ball, save made by Michael Poke.

62:42

A cross is delivered by Kevin Nicholson, Shot from deep inside the area by Rene Howe clears the bar.

61:49

Outswinging corner taken by Kevin Nicholson from the left by-line, clearance made by Tom Aldred.

61:04

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Kevin Nicholson, Elliot Benyon takes a shot. Clearance by Romuald Boco.

60:42

Kevin Nicholson delivers the ball, clearance made by Lee Molyneux.

60:07

Kevin Nicholson takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Romuald Boco.

57:55

Corner taken by Laurence Wilson from the right by-line, clearance made by Rene Howe.

53:12

Laurence Wilson takes the inswinging corner, Header from close range by Tom Aldred clears the bar.

51:37

James Beattie produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick. Corner taken by Luke Joyce from the right by-line, Joe Oastler manages to make a clearance.

51:37 Booking

Booking Joe Oastler receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

51:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Laurence Wilson by Joe Oastler.

51:14

The ball is delivered by Lee Molyneux, Brian Saah makes a clearance.

49:15

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

49:03

The ball is delivered by Lee Molyneux, clearance made by Billy Bodin.

47:41

Foul by Rene Howe on Dean Winnard, free kick awarded. Paul Rachubka restarts play with the free kick.

46:11

A cross is delivered by Romuald Boco, clearance made by Joe Oastler. Corner taken left-footed by Laurence Wilson from the left by-line, Tom Aldred produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

45:35

Effort on goal by Billy Bodin from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +4:06 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +3:25

Foul by Kevin Nicholson on Romuald Boco, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Nicky Hunt.

45:00 +2:00

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

45:00 +1:03

The ball is delivered by Joe Oastler, save made by Paul Rachubka.

43:01

Kevin Nicholson takes the free kick, Header on goal by Ryan Jarvis from just inside the area goes over the target.

43:01 Booking

Booking Nicky Hunt receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

42:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nicky Hunt on Rene Howe.

42:06

The ball is crossed by Laurence Wilson.

41:50

Foul by Angus MacDonald on James Gray, free kick awarded. Nicky Hunt restarts play with the free kick.

40:35

The referee blows for offside against Peter Murphy. Michael Poke takes the free kick.

39:35

Corner taken by Luke Joyce from the right by-line, Peter Murphy takes a shot. Ryan Jarvis gets a block in. Corner from the right by-line taken by Laurence Wilson, clearance made by Rene Howe.

38:59

The ball is crossed by James Gray, clearance made by Joe Oastler. Luke Joyce takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Joe Oastler makes a clearance.

38:05

A cross is delivered by Lee Molyneux.

37:12

Laurence Wilson takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Michael Poke.

36:51

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Murphy by Damon Lathrope. Free kick taken by Tom Aldred.

35:19

Centre by Romuald Boco, clearance made by Joe Oastler.

33:51

The assistant referee flags for offside against James Beattie. Michael Poke takes the indirect free kick.

32:08

Corner taken right-footed by Luke Joyce from the left by-line, Michael Poke makes a clearance.

31:31

Inswinging corner taken by Laurence Wilson from the left by-line, clearance by Michael Poke.

30:20

Brian Saah gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Gray. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Lee Molyneux, save by Michael Poke.

30:04

The ball is swung over by Billy Bodin, Paul Rachubka makes a save.

25:52

Billy Bodin is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Paul Rachubka takes the indirect free kick.

24:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Billy Bodin on Lee Molyneux. Lee Molyneux produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Michael Poke. Romuald Boco takes a shot. Save by Michael Poke.

23:06

Corner taken by Kevin Nicholson, Dean Winnard manages to make a clearance.

20:55

Inswinging corner taken by Laurence Wilson from the right by-line, Unfair challenge on Michael Poke by Dean Winnard results in a free kick. Michael Poke takes the indirect free kick.

15:59

The assistant referee flags for offside against James Beattie. Michael Poke restarts play with the free kick.

15:25

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dean Winnard on Elliot Benyon. Joe Oastler restarts play with the free kick.

14:29

Angus MacDonald concedes a free kick for a foul on James Gray. Free kick crossed by Lee Molyneux, clearance by Michael Poke.

12:52

Rene Howe challenges Tom Aldred unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Rachubka takes the indirect free kick.

10:11

The ball is crossed by Joe Oastler, save by Paul Rachubka.

9:05

The ball is delivered by Billy Bodin, save made by Paul Rachubka.

7:05

Brian Saah challenges James Beattie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Rachubka takes the direct free kick.

6:19

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

3:19

Joe Oastler sends in a cross, Paul Rachubka makes a save.

1:04

The referee blows for offside. Paul Rachubka restarts play with the free kick.

0:22

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Kevin Nicholson from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Paul Rachubka.

0:00

The match begins.

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