Torquay took a giant stride towards Football League safety with victory over 10-man Morecambe.

The Gulls took the lead when Morecambe goalkeeper Barry Roche let Stewart Drummond's back pass crawl under his feet and into the net.

The Shrimps then found themselves a man down when debutant Chris Doyle was sent off for hauling down Elliot Benyon.

Torquay sealed their second straight win when Ashley Yeoman broke down the left and fired left footed past Roche.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Torquay United manager Alan Knill told BBC Radio Devon:

"It's all about the result. It's not about the performance, it's a massive three points, especially when you look at what has happened around some of the other games.

"We had a fair bit of luck I have to say today, but you've got to take it.

"I think it was a sending off, everything went against them and went for us today.

"I have to say the support has been fantastic today. I'm glad that they've travelled all this way and we've given them something to cheer about."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Morecambe

  • 01 Roche
  • 03 Threlfall
  • 08 Wright
  • 23 Doyle Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 11 Ellison
  • 16 Drummond
  • 17 Fleming
  • 18 McDonald (McGowan - 84' )
  • 09 Alessandra (Burrow - 61' )
  • 10 Williams Booked
  • 27 Redshaw (Mwasile - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Arestidou
  • 21 McGowan
  • 24 James Short
  • 19 McGee
  • 20 Mwasile
  • 14 Burrow
  • 26 Holroyd

Torquay

  • 01 Poke
  • 02 Oastler
  • 03 Nicholson
  • 04 Downes Booked
  • 05 Saah
  • 06 Lathrope
  • 07 Mansell
  • 15 Bodin (Stevens - 89' )
  • 08 Jarvis
  • 09 Howe Booked
  • 26 Benyon (Yeoman - 67' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Rice
  • 16 MacDonald
  • 21 Cruise
  • 11 Morris
  • 19 Stevens
  • 20 Craig
  • 23 Yeoman
Ref: Bond
Att: 2,033

Match Stats

Shots

7 8

On target

2 4

Corners

5 1

Fouls

10 24

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:07 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +0:55

Ryan Williams delivers the ball.

89:24

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jordan Burrow by Brian Saah. Shot on goal comes in from Ryan Williams from the free kick, save made by Michael Poke. Corner taken right-footed by Ryan Williams to the near post, clearance made by Ryan Jarvis.

88:34 Substitution

Substitution Danny Stevens comes on in place of Billy Bodin.

83:49

Rene Howe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stewart Drummond. Indirect free kick taken by Barry Roche.

83:02 Substitution

Substitution Aaron McGowan replaces Gary McDonald.

82:43 Substitution

Substitution Joe Mwasile is brought on as a substitute for Jack Redshaw.

81:23

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Stewart Drummond.

81:03

A cross is delivered by Joe Oastler, Stewart Drummond makes a clearance.

80:14

Andrew Fleming challenges Billy Bodin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Mansell restarts play with the free kick.

79:15 Booking

Booking Rene Howe receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

79:01

Rene Howe challenges Andrew Wright unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andrew Wright takes the indirect free kick.

78:13

Floated corner taken right-footed by Ryan Williams from the right by-line, Brian Saah manages to make a clearance.

77:28

Rene Howe is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Stewart Drummond.

74:35

Unfair challenge on Jordan Burrow by Joe Oastler results in a free kick. Ryan Williams shoots direct from the free kick.

74:22

Andrew Fleming produces a cross, clearance by Lee Mansell.

71:55

Andrew Fleming fouled by Rene Howe, the ref awards a free kick. Andrew Fleming takes the free kick.

69:44

A cross is delivered by Gary McDonald, clearance made by Billy Bodin.

68:09

Rene Howe provided the assist for the goal.

68:09 Goal scored

Goal! - Ashley Yeoman - Morecambe 0 - 2 Torquay A goal is scored by Ashley Yeoman from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Morecambe 0-2 Torquay.

66:55 Substitution

Substitution Ashley Yeoman joins the action as a substitute, replacing Elliot Benyon.

66:21

Ryan Jarvis sends in a cross, Andrew Wright makes a clearance.

65:15

Long distance shot from Rene Howe misses to the left of the target.

64:33

Billy Bodin has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.

63:41

Free kick awarded for a foul by Billy Bodin on Andrew Fleming. Indirect free kick taken by Andrew Wright.

62:52

Long range shot by Kevin Ellison goes wide right of the net.

62:29

Rene Howe handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Stewart Drummond.

61:48

Elliot Benyon takes a shot. Blocked by Andrew Wright.

60:41 Substitution

Substitution Jordan Burrow comes on in place of Lewis Alessandra.

58:14

Andrew Wright takes a shot.

56:55

The ball is sent over by Rene Howe.

56:07

Unfair challenge on Lee Mansell by Gary McDonald results in a free kick. Kevin Nicholson takes the indirect free kick.

55:12

Effort from just inside the penalty box by Gary McDonald strikes the post.

53:29

Ryan Williams takes a floated corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Michael Poke makes a clearance.

53:29 Booking

Booking Booking for Ryan Williams for unsporting behaviour.

53:19

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Williams on Ryan Jarvis. Free kick taken by Joe Oastler.

52:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stewart Drummond by Elliot Benyon. Barry Roche takes the indirect free kick.

51:59

Effort from outside the penalty box by Billy Bodin goes wide left of the goal.

51:29

Gary McDonald is ruled offside. Michael Poke takes the indirect free kick.

50:40

Unfair challenge on Gary McDonald by Damon Lathrope results in a free kick. Andrew Wright takes the indirect free kick.

49:57

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Andrew Wright.

48:18

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robbie Threlfall by Rene Howe. Stewart Drummond takes the indirect free kick.

45:02

Damon Lathrope gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Williams. The ball is crossed by Ryan Williams, Stewart Drummond produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +0:18

Floated corner taken right-footed by Ryan Williams from the right by-line.

44:54

Corner taken right-footed by Ryan Williams, clearance made by Rene Howe.

43:51

Shot on goal comes in from Ryan Williams from the free kick, save made by Michael Poke.

43:51 Booking

Booking Aaron Downes booked for unsporting behaviour.

43:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Redshaw by Aaron Downes.

43:25

The ball is delivered by Joe Oastler. The ball is crossed by Billy Bodin, clearance by Stewart Drummond.

42:48

Kevin Nicholson delivers the ball, clearance by Stewart Drummond.

41:30

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Jarvis on Jack Redshaw. Andrew Wright takes the indirect free kick.

41:00 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

40:28

Andrew Wright concedes a free kick for a foul on Rene Howe. Indirect free kick taken by Damon Lathrope.

39:12

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Fleming by Billy Bodin. Direct free kick taken by Andrew Wright.

38:06

Billy Bodin crosses the ball, clearance made by Andrew Wright.

37:36

Inswinging corner taken by Kevin Nicholson from the right by-line.

33:48

Unfair challenge on Ryan Williams by Damon Lathrope results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Stewart Drummond.

32:29

Foul by Brian Saah on Kevin Ellison, free kick awarded. Andrew Fleming takes the free kick.

32:05

Joe Oastler delivers the ball, save by Barry Roche.

30:12

Rene Howe challenges Stewart Drummond unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Barry Roche.

29:54

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary McDonald on Lee Mansell. Lee Mansell takes the free kick.

27:45

Assist on the goal came from Kevin Nicholson.

27:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Stewart Drummond - Morecambe 0 - 1 Torquay Headed own goal by Stewart Drummond. Morecambe 0-1 Torquay.

27:19

Gary McDonald fouled by Damon Lathrope, the ref awards a free kick. Gary McDonald takes the free kick.

24:07

Joe Oastler concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Redshaw. Free kick taken by Stewart Drummond.

23:17

Lee Mansell delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Stewart Drummond makes a clearance.

23:17 Dismissal

Dismissal Chris Doyle sent off.

22:49

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Elliot Benyon by Chris Doyle.

20:57

Foul by Andrew Wright on Billy Bodin, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Kevin Nicholson.

20:29

Andrew Wright delivers the ball, save by Michael Poke.

20:05

Rene Howe concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary McDonald. Free kick taken by Stewart Drummond.

18:51

Unfair challenge on Billy Bodin by Kevin Ellison results in a free kick. Kevin Nicholson restarts play with the free kick.

17:46

Joe Oastler challenges Robbie Threlfall unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robbie Threlfall takes the free kick.

15:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lewis Alessandra by Aaron Downes. Free kick taken by Ryan Williams.

12:37

Foul by Lee Mansell on Ryan Williams, free kick awarded. Andrew Fleming takes the free kick.

12:21

A cross is delivered by Joe Oastler, clearance by Andrew Wright.

10:46

A cross is delivered by Kevin Ellison.

9:46

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Ellison by Joe Oastler. Ryan Williams delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Kevin Nicholson makes a clearance.

8:05

Shot comes in from Kevin Nicholson from the free kick.

8:05 Booking

Booking Booking for Chris Doyle for unsporting behaviour.

7:32

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Doyle on Elliot Benyon.

6:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Damon Lathrope on Robbie Threlfall. Stewart Drummond takes the free kick.

5:35

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Barry Roche.

3:47

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

1:13

Unfair challenge on Joe Oastler by Kevin Ellison results in a free kick. Kevin Nicholson crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Barry Roche.

0:28

Ryan Jarvis has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

0:00

The match begins.

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