Torquay United slipped closer to the League Two relegation places with a home defeat by Oxford United.

Striker James Constable rounded goalkeeper Michael Poke for the opener.

And Damian Batt doubled the visitors' lead from the penalty spot after Constable was fouled by Aaron Downes.

Downes glanced in a header from a Torquay corner to give the home side hope, but late sub Simon Heslop's low finish from inside the box sealed the points in the dying moments.

Oxford rose to 10th as a result of the win and now lie seven points off the play-off places, while Torquay are just a point above the bottom two and are without a win in nine games.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Torquay United manager Alan Knill told BBC Radio Devon:

"Two goals in 10 minutes kind of kills you.

"It's quite edgy for the players to play at home, they're making decisions they probably wouldn't make and it's cost us today.

"At 1-0 you've got a great chance at getting back in the game, at 2-0 it makes it unbelievably difficult because you have throw people forward.

"It doesn't matter if it's away or at home, all the games are tough."

Match Stats

Shots

13 13

On target

10 6

Corners

4 8

Fouls

14 16

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:47 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +4:32

Assist on the goal came from Deane Smalley.

90:00 +4:32 Goal scored

Goal! - Simon Heslop - Torquay 1 - 3 Oxford Simon Heslop scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Torquay 1-3 Oxford Utd.

90:00 +3:35

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Deane Smalley by Brian Saah. Free kick taken by James Constable.

90:00 +3:08

The ball is sent over by Joe Oastler.

90:00 +1:45 Substitution

Substitution Danny Stevens comes on in place of Joss Labadie.

90:00 +1:45 Substitution

Substitution Josh Parker goes off and Simon Heslop comes on.

90:00 +1:32

Effort from deep inside the area by Brian Saah misses to the right of the goal.

90:00 +0:06

Lloyd Macklin fouled by Michael Raynes, the ref awards a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Kevin Nicholson.

89:14

Corner taken right-footed by Lee Mansell from the left by-line, clearance made by James Constable.

89:06

A cross is delivered by Rene Howe, Michael Raynes gets a block in.

87:50

Joss Labadie concedes a free kick for a foul on Alfie Potter. Andrew Whing takes the direct free kick.

87:19

The ball is swung over by Joe Oastler, Effort on goal by Rene Howe from 12 yards. Luke McCormick makes a save.

85:50

The ball is swung over by Kevin Nicholson, James Constable manages to make a clearance.

85:14

Unfair challenge on Aaron Downes by James Constable results in a free kick. Kevin Nicholson takes the direct free kick.

84:37

Shot from long range by Scott Davies misses to the right of the target.

84:23

Deane Smalley takes a shot. Blocked by Joe Oastler.

83:06

Lloyd Macklin concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Whing. Free kick taken by Luke McCormick.

81:53

Corner taken right-footed by Scott Davies to the near post, Close range effort by Josh Parker clears the crossbar.

81:47

Centre by Josh Parker, blocked by Kevin Nicholson.

80:41

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Mansell on Josh Parker. Luke McCormick takes the free kick.

78:31

Corner taken by Scott Davies, Aaron Downes makes a clearance.

78:20

Josh Parker delivers the ball, Kevin Nicholson gets a block in.

76:54

A cross is delivered by Billy Bodin, blocked by Andrew Whing.

74:44

Shot by James Constable from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

73:52

Deane Smalley is ruled offside. Brian Saah takes the free kick.

71:58

Luke McCormick takes the direct free kick.

71:58 Substitution

Substitution Deane Smalley on for Sean Rigg.

71:58

Andrew Whing gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Elliot Benyon. Free kick crossed left-footed by Kevin Nicholson from right wing, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Raynes by Aaron Downes.

70:36

The ball is sent over by Lloyd Macklin.

68:58

Centre by Lee Mansell, Rene Howe challenges Damian Batt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Luke McCormick.

67:09

Luke O'Brien gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rene Howe. Kevin Nicholson crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save by Luke McCormick.

65:48

Rene Howe concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Whing. Luke McCormick takes the free kick.

64:59 Substitution

Substitution Lloyd Macklin is brought on as a substitute for Ryan Jarvis.

64:20

The ball is swung over by Josh Parker, clearance made by Brian Saah. Inswinging corner taken by Sean Rigg from the right by-line.

62:47

Lee Mansell has a volleyed shot. Blocked by Damian Batt.

61:39

Luke McCormick restarts play with the free kick.

61:39 Booking

Booking Rene Howe receives a yellow card.

60:56

Foul by Rene Howe on Luke O'Brien, free kick awarded.

60:00

Sean Rigg gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joss Labadie. Joe Oastler restarts play with the free kick.

57:56

The assist for the goal came from Lee Mansell.

57:56 Goal scored

Goal! - Aaron Downes - Torquay 1 - 2 Oxford Aaron Downes finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Torquay 1-2 Oxford Utd.

57:35

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Lee Mansell,

56:35

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Whing on Aaron Downes. Joss Labadie fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Luke McCormick makes a save.

54:28

Sean Rigg gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Oastler. Free kick crossed left-footed by Kevin Nicholson, clearance made by Michael Raynes.

53:50 Goal scored

Goal! - Damian Batt - Torquay 0 - 2 Oxford Placed penalty scored by Damian Batt. Torquay 0-2 Oxford Utd.

52:46

Aaron Downes gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on James Constable.

51:03

Unfair challenge on Rene Howe by Jake Wright results in a free kick. Kevin Nicholson fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Luke McCormick.

49:42

Jake Wright provided the assist for the goal.

49:42 Goal scored

Goal! - James Constable - Torquay 0 - 1 Oxford James Constable finds the back of the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Torquay 0-1 Oxford Utd.

48:48

James Constable produces a cross.

47:58

The ball is sent over by Sean Rigg, Aaron Downes manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Scott Davies from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Kevin Nicholson.

47:38

Josh Parker delivers the ball, Joss Labadie makes a clearance.

46:37

The ball is delivered by Josh Parker.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +1:13 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +0:37

Unfair challenge on James Constable by Brian Saah results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jake Wright.

45:00 +0:22

The ball is delivered by Elliot Benyon, Jake Wright gets a block in.

45:00 +0:02

The assistant referee signals for offside against Alfie Potter. Brian Saah takes the indirect free kick.

44:41

Ryan Jarvis takes a shot. Luke McCormick makes a save.

41:34

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Raynes on Elliot Benyon. Lee Mansell restarts play with the free kick. Joss Labadie takes a shot from 25 yards. Blocked by Jake Wright. Lee Mansell takes the inswinging corner, save by Luke McCormick.

40:56

Alfie Potter has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.

39:53

Shot from outside the box by Andrew Whing goes wide right of the target.

39:21

James Constable takes a shot. Save by Michael Poke.

38:34

Scott Davies takes a shot.

38:27

Damian Batt crosses the ball, Brian Saah makes a clearance.

36:49

Lee Mansell produces a cross, save by Luke McCormick.

34:45

Brian Saah takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Raynes.

33:38

Scott Davies produces a cross, save by Michael Poke.

32:50

James Constable takes a shot. Save by Michael Poke. Corner taken by Scott Davies from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Brian Saah.

31:09

Alfie Potter challenges Brian Saah unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Poke takes the direct free kick.

30:33

The assistant referee flags for offside against Elliot Benyon. Luke McCormick takes the indirect free kick.

27:53

Kevin Nicholson delivers the ball, clearance made by Jake Wright.

27:15

Corner taken by Lee Mansell from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Michael Raynes.

25:53

Foul by Andrew Whing on Elliot Benyon, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Kevin Nicholson, save by Luke McCormick.

25:04

Centre by Billy Bodin, Damian Batt gets a block in.

24:13

Ryan Jarvis fouled by Alfie Potter, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Poke.

23:29

The referee blows for offside against Billy Bodin. Free kick taken by Luke McCormick.

22:34

Lee Mansell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Whing. Scott Davies restarts play with the free kick.

21:08

Michael Raynes challenges Rene Howe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Kevin Nicholson.

18:48

Sean Rigg takes a shot. Save by Michael Poke.

17:52

Shot from just outside the area by Lee Mansell misses to the left of the target.

17:31

A cross is delivered by Billy Bodin, clearance by Michael Raynes.

15:17

Centre by Damian Batt, Lee Mansell manages to make a clearance.

14:21

Scott Davies takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Lee Mansell manages to make a clearance.

13:27

Sean Rigg challenges Joss Labadie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kevin Nicholson sends in a cross, Brian Saah takes a shot. Luke McCormick makes a save.

13:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by Elliot Benyon on Jake Wright. Jake Wright restarts play with the free kick.

12:15

Elliot Benyon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jake Wright. Free kick taken by Jake Wright.

11:39

Foul by Andrew Whing on Joe Oastler, free kick awarded. Michael Poke takes the free kick.

10:15

Corner taken by Scott Davies from the right by-line, Headed effort from close range by Michael Raynes goes wide left of the goal.

9:06

Billy Bodin concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Whing. Direct free kick taken by Luke McCormick.

8:01 Substitution

Substitution Josh Parker is brought on as a substitute for Tony Capaldi.

5:05

Joss Labadie takes a shot and missed to the left of the net.

4:25

Jake Wright concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Oastler. Direct free kick taken by Michael Poke.

3:52

Corner taken by Scott Davies from the left by-line, Joe Oastler makes a clearance.

3:40

Sean Rigg crosses the ball, Joe Oastler gets a block in.

3:28

Ryan Jarvis delivers the ball, save made by Luke McCormick.

1:25

The assistant referee flags for offside against Elliot Benyon. Luke McCormick takes the indirect free kick.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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