Ryan Jarvis's excellent individual goal moved Torquay five points clear of the League Two relegation places after beating York at Plainmoor.

Elliot Benyon opened the scoring when he reacted first from close range after Lee Mansell's corner was not cleared.

Jarvis then stole the show as he ran 50 yards before blasting in right-footed from 20 yards out.

Richard Cresswell's penalty set up a nervous finish after Tom Cruise was sent off for a foul on Josh Carson.

The loss leaves York deep in trouble at the bottom of League Two as they occupy the second relegation spot, one point clear of bottom side Aldershot.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Torquay United manager Alan Knill told BBC Radio Devon:

"It is all about the points; it was frantic at the end but it was great that we took them. It's been a great week for us.

"I didn't think we played great, but you do enough to win the game and that's all it's about. You don't want to know what I said at half-time, I wasn't happy about the performance"

"The referee had no choice about the red card, it was bad play by us."

"[It was] Fantastic again by the players, they just dug in to see out the game. What this week does, it just enhances the belief that we can compete with anybody in the league."

York City manager Nigel Worthington told BBC Radio York:

"The game is 90 minutes long, it's not 20, and you cannot give the opposition a two-goal start because its tough going getting back into it, but I think they showed a lot of spirit.

"They passed the ball a lot better today than what we have done, which I was very pleased with, but we need more conviction around the opposition's goal.

"I probably think that maybe a little of the self-belief and the confidence is being jolted a little, so it's just about being brave and taking the responsibility on and making it happen."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (3)

Torquay

  • 01 Poke Booked
  • 02 Oastler
  • 05 Saah
  • 16 MacDonald Booked
  • 21 Cruise Dismissed
  • 07 Mansell
  • 24 Labadie
  • 25 Chapell (Bodin - 85' )
  • 08 Jarvis
  • 09 Howe
  • 26 Benyon (Nicholson - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Rice
  • 03 Nicholson
  • 04 Downes
  • 06 Lathrope
  • 15 Bodin
  • 20 Craig
  • 14 Macklin

York

  • 24 Ingham
  • 04 Smith
  • 05 McGurk Booked
  • 06 Parslow
  • 14 Carson
  • 22 O'Connell
  • 17 Blair
  • 26 McLaughlin (Platt - 46' )
  • 29 McGrath
  • 10 Chambers
  • 35 Cresswell Booked

Substitutes

  • 01 Jameson
  • 16 Fyfield
  • 13 McDaid
  • 18 Platt
  • 07 Reed
  • 09 Walker
Ref: East
Att: 2,871

Match Stats

Shots

7 10

On target

4 5

Corners

3 4

Fouls

13 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:08 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +4:21

Matty Blair delivers the ball, save by Michael Poke.

90:00 +3:30

Centre by Jack O'Connell. Matty Blair crosses the ball, blocked by Kevin Nicholson.

90:00 +2:12

A cross is delivered by Josh Carson, John McGrath produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.

88:59

Foul by Rene Howe on David McGurk, free kick awarded. Michael Ingham takes the direct free kick.

87:40 Booking

Booking Booking for Michael Poke for time wasting.

87:22

Matty Blair produces a cross.

86:41

Richard Cresswell fouled by Joss Labadie, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Jack O'Connell from right channel, clearance made by Billy Bodin.

85:32

Inswinging corner taken by Lee Mansell from the left by-line, David McGurk manages to make a clearance.

84:24 Substitution

Substitution Billy Bodin comes on in place of Jordan Chapell.

83:34

Free kick crossed by Lee Mansell.

83:34 Booking

Booking The referee shows David McGurk a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

83:19

Unfair challenge on Rene Howe by David McGurk results in a free kick.

82:27

The ball is swung over by Josh Carson, clearance by Michael Poke.

80:20

The assistant referee flags for offside against Chris Smith. Michael Poke takes the indirect free kick.

79:39

Unfair challenge on Richard Cresswell by Angus MacDonald results in a free kick. John McGrath crosses the ball in from the free kick.

78:16

Rene Howe is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Michael Ingham takes the free kick.

77:38

The referee gives a free kick against Richard Cresswell for handball. Michael Poke takes the indirect free kick.

77:09

Matty Blair takes a shot. Kevin Nicholson gets a block in.

76:42

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by John McGrath, Michael Poke manages to make a clearance.

76:26

John McGrath takes a shot. Michael Ingham makes a save.

75:20

Unfair challenge on Ryan Jarvis by Ashley Chambers results in a free kick. Joe Oastler restarts play with the free kick.

74:26

The ball is sent over by Josh Carson, clearance made by Kevin Nicholson.

73:07 Substitution

Substitution (Torquay) makes a substitution, with Kevin Nicholson coming on for Elliot Benyon.

72:58 Goal scored

Goal! - Richard Cresswell - Torquay 2 - 1 York Richard Cresswell scores a placed penalty. Torquay 2-1 York.

72:07 Dismissal

Dismissal Thomas Cruise shown a red card.

71:45

Penalty awarded for a foul by Thomas Cruise on Josh Carson.

70:42

Tom Platt is caught offside. Michael Poke takes the free kick.

70:25

Josh Carson crosses the ball, blocked by Thomas Cruise.

70:13

Chris Smith crosses the ball, Angus MacDonald manages to make a clearance.

68:40 Booking

Booking Richard Cresswell receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

68:36 Booking

Booking Angus MacDonald is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

67:55

Lee Mansell takes a corner.

67:39

Lee Mansell takes a shot. Save by Michael Ingham.

67:27

The ball is crossed by Thomas Cruise, Chris Smith manages to make a clearance.

67:19

Thomas Cruise delivers the ball, Jack O'Connell makes a clearance.

65:18

Corner taken left-footed by John McGrath from the left by-line, Angus MacDonald manages to make a clearance.

65:02

The ball is swung over by Ashley Chambers, Thomas Cruise manages to make a clearance.

60:51

Tom Platt takes a shot. Joss Labadie gets a block in.

59:38

Angus MacDonald concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Smith. The ball is crossed by John McGrath, Shot from 18 yards by Daniel Parslow. Angus MacDonald gets a block in.

59:26

Centre by Josh Carson.

59:08

Lee Mansell concedes a free kick for a foul on Richard Cresswell. Ashley Chambers restarts play with the free kick.

56:26

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Josh Carson by Joe Oastler. Free kick taken by Michael Ingham.

55:46

Richard Cresswell concedes a free kick for a foul on Joss Labadie. Direct free kick taken by Angus MacDonald.

52:14

Josh Carson produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.

51:38

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

50:46

Ryan Jarvis crosses the ball, David McGurk makes a clearance.

50:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jordan Chapell by Daniel Parslow. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Lee Mansell from left wing, Tom Platt makes a clearance.

47:59

Josh Carson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Michael Poke restarts play with the free kick.

46:25

The ball is sent over by Jordan Chapell, Tom Platt manages to make a clearance.

45:26

The ball is crossed by John McGrath, clearance by Angus MacDonald.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Tom Platt comes on in place of Patrick McLaughlin.

45:00 +1:07 Half time

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

43:19

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Chambers from the left by-line.

43:05

John McGrath crosses the ball, Angus MacDonald makes a clearance.

41:06

Matty Blair concedes a free kick for a foul on Angus MacDonald. Michael Poke restarts play with the free kick.

40:15

Corner from the right by-line taken by Ashley Chambers, Ryan Jarvis makes a clearance.

39:35

Thomas Cruise crosses the ball. Ryan Jarvis takes a shot. Save by Michael Ingham.

39:02

Joss Labadie fouled by Ashley Chambers, the ref awards a free kick. Thomas Cruise takes the direct free kick.

37:39

A cross is delivered by Richard Cresswell.

37:06

Foul by Rene Howe on Chris Smith, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Michael Ingham.

36:37

The ball is swung over by Matty Blair, Chris Smith takes a shot. Save by Michael Poke.

36:10

Josh Carson delivers the ball, blocked by Joe Oastler.

35:48

Unfair challenge on John McGrath by Joss Labadie results in a free kick. Ashley Chambers takes the direct free kick.

31:00

Joss Labadie concedes a free kick for a foul on Josh Carson. Josh Carson has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

29:57

The ball is swung over by Jordan Chapell, save by Michael Ingham.

27:32

John McGrath fouled by Ryan Jarvis, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Ingham.

26:16

Joe Oastler concedes a free kick for a foul on Richard Cresswell. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ashley Chambers.

25:03

The ball is delivered by Matty Blair, blocked by Angus MacDonald.

24:16

Ashley Chambers delivers the ball, clearance made by Joe Oastler.

23:57

Josh Carson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Oastler. Joe Oastler takes the direct free kick.

22:05

Rene Howe provided the assist for the goal.

22:05 Goal scored

Goal! - Ryan Jarvis - Torquay 2 - 0 York Ryan Jarvis scores a goal from long range to the top left corner of the goal. Torquay 2-0 York.

20:49

Richard Cresswell takes a shot. Blocked by Joe Oastler.

18:18

Richard Cresswell challenges Angus MacDonald unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Poke takes the direct free kick.

17:45

Lee Mansell takes a shot from 35 yards and went wide right of the goal.

17:34

The ball is sent over by Thomas Cruise, Jack O'Connell makes a clearance.

16:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack O'Connell on Ryan Jarvis. Joe Oastler takes the free kick.

15:36

Shot by Jordan Chapell from outside the box goes over the target.

14:32

A cross is delivered by Josh Carson, clearance by Joe Oastler.

13:43

The referee gives a free kick against Richard Cresswell for handball. Direct free kick taken by Brian Saah.

12:58

Elliot Benyon fouled by Patrick McLaughlin, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Michael Poke.

12:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by Elliot Benyon on Daniel Parslow. The free kick is delivered left-footed by John McGrath from right channel, clearance made by Angus MacDonald.

11:49

Jack O'Connell crosses the ball, Angus MacDonald manages to make a clearance.

8:39

Unfair challenge on Rene Howe by David McGurk results in a free kick. Joss Labadie takes the free kick.

7:35

Jack O'Connell crosses the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Richard Cresswell misses to the left of the goal.

7:21

Josh Carson sends in a cross, blocked by Joe Oastler.

5:18

Assist on the goal came from Brian Saah.

5:18 Goal scored

Goal! - Elliot Benyon - Torquay 1 - 0 York Elliot Benyon scores a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Torquay 1-0 York.

4:53

Inswinging corner taken by Lee Mansell, clearance by David McGurk.

4:38

Jordan Chapell produces a cross, blocked by David McGurk.

1:04

The ball is crossed by Rene Howe, David McGurk gets a block in.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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