Torquay claimed their first win in 12 games to move two points above the drop zone as they defeated Chesterfield.

On-loan Notts County midfielder Joss Labadie got the relegation-threatened Gulls off to a fine start after heading home a cross from Thomas Cruise.

United doubled their lead after winger Jordan Chapell's thumping goalbound drive was back-heeled past Spireites keeper Tommy Lee by target man Howe.

Liam Cooper then headed home sub Mark Randall's cross but United held on.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"If you don't start a game you don't win it and we gave ourselves a mountain to climb - after eight minutes you're 2-0 down.

"I'm certainly not going to blame the players, we've had an up and down season and it seems to continue.

"Where we're at today and where we want to be are two different places. Unfortunately tonight we hold our hands up, it's not good enough."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Torquay

  • 01 Poke
  • 02 Oastler
  • 05 Saah Booked
  • 16 MacDonald Booked
  • 21 Cruise
  • 07 Mansell
  • 24 Labadie Booked
  • 25 Chapell (Macklin - 90' )
  • 08 Jarvis (Leadbitter - 85' )
  • 09 Howe
  • 26 Benyon Booked (Craig - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Rice
  • 03 Nicholson
  • 12 Leadbitter
  • 06 Lathrope
  • 19 Stevens
  • 20 Craig
  • 14 Macklin

Chesterfield

  • 01 Lee
  • 05 Trotman
  • 06 Hird
  • 12 Darwikwa (Lester - 46' Booked )
  • 17 Brindley
  • 31 Cooper
  • 33 Townsend (Whitaker - 73' )
  • 08 Togwell (Randall - 57' Booked )
  • 25 Talbot
  • 34 O'Shea
  • 09 Richards

Substitutes

  • 40 Barrington
  • 07 Henshall
  • 10 Whitaker
  • 23 Randall
  • 14 Lester
  • 41 Clark
Ref: Attwell
Att: 2,047

Match Stats

Shots

11 9

On target

3 6

Corners

4 7

Fouls

11 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +6:18 Full time

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

90:00 +6:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Poke by Neal Trotman. Michael Poke restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +5:04

Jack Lester takes a shot. Angus MacDonald gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Danny Whitaker, Daniel Leadbitter manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +4:05 Substitution

Substitution Jordan Chapell leaves the field to be replaced by Lloyd Macklin.

90:00 +1:44

Nathan Craig has a shot and missed to the right of the target.

90:00 +1:02

Lee Mansell restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:02 Booking

Booking Mark Randall goes into the referee's book.

90:00 +0:56

Rene Howe fouled by Mark Randall, the ref awards a free kick.

89:11

Rene Howe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Brindley. Tommy Lee takes the free kick.

88:22

The referee blows for offside. Tommy Lee takes the free kick.

87:28

Mark Randall challenges Joss Labadie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Cruise.

86:05

The ball is crossed by James O'Shea, Jordan Chapell manages to make a clearance.

84:31

Free kick crossed by Mark Randall, Michael Poke makes a save.

84:31 Substitution

Substitution Daniel Leadbitter on for Ryan Jarvis.

84:31

Ryan Jarvis challenges James O'Shea unfairly and gives away a free kick.

83:00

Foul by Neal Trotman on Rene Howe, free kick awarded. A cross is delivered by Lee Mansell, Brian Saah takes a shot. Save by Tommy Lee.

80:40

James O'Shea has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.

79:07

Foul by Joss Labadie on James O'Shea, free kick awarded. Shot comes in from Marc Richards from the free kick.

76:53 Substitution

Substitution Nathan Craig is brought on as a substitute for Elliot Benyon.

76:05

Mark Randall provided the assist for the goal.

76:05 Goal scored

Goal! - Liam Cooper - Torquay 2 - 1 Chesterfld Liam Cooper grabs a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Torquay 2-1 Chesterfield.

75:34

The referee gives a free kick against Angus MacDonald for handball. Centre by Mark Randall,

74:20

A cross is delivered by Elliot Benyon, Neal Trotman makes a clearance.

72:49

Tommy Lee restarts play with the free kick.

72:49 Substitution

Substitution Conor Townsend goes off and Danny Whitaker comes on.

72:49

Rene Howe is caught offside.

71:34

Foul by Marc Richards on Angus MacDonald, free kick awarded. Michael Poke takes the free kick.

69:02

Jack Lester challenges Brian Saah unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Poke.

66:02

The offside flag is raised against Jack Lester. Michael Poke takes the indirect free kick.

64:33

Foul by Angus MacDonald on Marc Richards, free kick awarded. James O'Shea restarts play with the free kick.

62:05

Drew Talbot crosses the ball, Angus MacDonald makes a clearance.

58:55

Conor Townsend produces a cross, blocked by Rene Howe. Corner taken left-footed by Conor Townsend from the right by-line to the near post, Angus MacDonald manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Mark Randall played to the near post.

58:18

James O'Shea produces a cross, Joe Oastler manages to make a clearance. Outswinging corner taken by Conor Townsend.

56:48 Substitution

Substitution Sam Togwell goes off and Mark Randall comes on.

56:30

Shot from a long way out by Jordan Chapell goes wide of the left-hand upright.

55:37 Booking

Booking Angus MacDonald goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

55:37 Booking

Booking The referee books Jack Lester for unsporting behaviour.

54:22

Ryan Jarvis is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Tommy Lee.

53:46

Foul by Joe Oastler on Conor Townsend, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Conor Townsend from left channel, save by Michael Poke.

52:18

Neal Trotman restarts play with the free kick. The referee blows for offside against Lee Mansell. Free kick taken by Tommy Lee.

52:18 Booking

Booking Joss Labadie receives a yellow card.

51:57

Free kick awarded for a foul by Joss Labadie on Sam Hird.

51:19

The ball is crossed by Conor Townsend, Michael Poke makes a save.

50:41

Lee Mansell is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Tommy Lee.

50:16

Lee Mansell takes a shot. Blocked by Thomas Cruise.

49:29

The referee blows for offside against Rene Howe. Tommy Lee restarts play with the free kick.

49:12

Thomas Cruise sends in a cross, clearance made by Sam Hird.

48:14

Lee Mansell takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Drew Talbot manages to make a clearance.

47:34

The referee gives a free kick against Rene Howe for handball. Free kick taken by Tommy Lee.

46:53

The offside flag is raised against Marc Richards. Michael Poke takes the free kick.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution (Chesterfield) makes a substitution, with Jack Lester coming on for Tendayi Darikwa.

45:00 +2:01 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +1:24

Angus MacDonald is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Tommy Lee.

45:00 +0:46

Foul by Sam Hird on Joss Labadie, free kick awarded. Thomas Cruise crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Drew Talbot.

44:50

The referee gives a free kick against Elliot Benyon for handball. Free kick taken by Neal Trotman.

44:19

Elliot Benyon is penalised for a handball. Liam Cooper restarts play with the free kick.

42:17

Effort from 25 yards by James O'Shea. Blocked by Lee Mansell.

41:37

The ball is sent over by Richard Brindley, Jordan Chapell gets a block in.

40:09

The assistant referee flags for offside against Rene Howe. Tommy Lee takes the free kick.

39:37

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joss Labadie by Marc Richards. Direct free kick taken by Brian Saah.

39:05

Ryan Jarvis sends in a cross, Shot from close range by Jordan Chapell clears the bar.

37:08

Sam Togwell challenges Elliot Benyon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Cruise.

35:54

Free kick taken by Tommy Lee.

35:54 Booking

Booking Elliot Benyon receives a caution.

35:52

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Cooper by Elliot Benyon.

34:53

Centre by Joe Oastler, clearance by Richard Brindley.

33:38

Jordan Chapell fouled by Sam Hird, the ref awards a free kick. Brian Saah takes the direct free kick.

32:42

The assistant referee signals for offside against Sam Hird. Indirect free kick taken by Michael Poke.

31:42

Conor Townsend takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.

30:20

Brian Saah concedes a free kick for a foul on Neal Trotman. Conor Townsend produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, brilliant save by Michael Poke.

29:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Elliot Benyon on Liam Cooper. Free kick taken by Liam Cooper.

27:27

Corner from the left by-line taken by Lee Mansell, Header by Rene Howe from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

25:12

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Brindley by Ryan Jarvis. Direct free kick taken by Tommy Lee.

23:05

Thomas Cruise crosses the ball.

22:00

The ball is delivered by Joe Oastler, Header by Rene Howe from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

20:59

Corner taken by Conor Townsend from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Thomas Cruise.

20:35

Richard Brindley sends in a cross, Thomas Cruise gets a block in.

15:48

James O'Shea takes a shot. Blocked by Marc Richards.

15:28

The ball is crossed by Drew Talbot, Thomas Cruise makes a clearance.

13:03

Rene Howe produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.

11:26

A cross is delivered by Conor Townsend, Header by Drew Talbot from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

11:26 Booking

Booking Caution for Brian Saah.

10:52

Brian Saah concedes a free kick for a foul on Marc Richards.

10:22

Thomas Cruise produces a cross.

9:59

Rene Howe fouled by Neal Trotman, the ref awards a free kick. Lee Mansell takes the free kick.

8:37

Jordan Chapell produces a cross, Richard Brindley gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Lee Mansell, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Rene Howe misses to the left of the goal.

7:27 Goal scored

Goal! - Rene Howe - Torquay 2 - 0 Chesterfld A goal is scored by Rene Howe from just outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Torquay 2-0 Chesterfield.

6:58

Centre by Joe Oastler, Conor Townsend manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Thomas Cruise played to the near post, Richard Brindley makes a clearance.

6:21

Corner taken by Conor Townsend, clearance made by Angus MacDonald.

6:00

Marc Richards takes a shot. Blocked by Joe Oastler.

4:11

Centre by Conor Townsend, Angus MacDonald manages to make a clearance.

1:34

The assist for the goal came from Thomas Cruise.

1:34 Goal scored

Goal! - Joss Labadie - Torquay 1 - 0 Chesterfld Joss Labadie finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the box. Torquay 1-0 Chesterfield.

1:31

The ball is delivered by Thomas Cruise,

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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