Antoni Sarcevic netted a first-half brace to set Fleetwood up for a convincing win over Torquay.

The summer signing powered a header past goalkeeper Martin Rice from a Junior Brown cross to open the scoring, and then rifled a second from 20 yards.

Jamille Matt trickled the ball through heavy traffic for the hosts' third, before substitute Elliot Benyon thumped in from a rare Gulls attack.

Fleetwood responded with Matty Blair scrambling home a David Ball cross.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Fleetwood manager Graham Alexander told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"It's only comfortable when you work as hard as we did. The tempo we set at the start of the game set the standard for the whole 90 minutes.

"We got a good lead and kept it, although I'm disappointed to concede a goal at the end.

"It's great to see the lads arguing in the changing room afterwards about conceding a goal, which is a great sign."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Fleetwood Town

  • 01 Davies
  • 03 Howell
  • 06 Pond
  • 15 McLaughlin
  • 16 Cresswell
  • 08 Schumacher
  • 11 Hughes Booked
  • 18 Sarcevic (Murdoch - 81' )
  • 07 Evans (Blair - 90' )
  • 10 Matt (Ball - 81' )
  • 12 Brown

Substitutes

  • 33 Lucas
  • 05 Roberts
  • 14 Hogan
  • 04 Murdoch
  • 17 Blair
  • 09 Parkin
  • 23 Ball

Torquay

  • 13 Rice
  • 02 Tonge
  • 03 Nicholson
  • 04 Downes
  • 05 Pearce
  • 07 Mansell Booked
  • 08 Harding Booked
  • 11 Cameron (Sullivan - 68' )
  • 12 Chapell
  • 09 Hawley (Benyon - 68' )
  • 16 Ball

Substitutes

  • 33 Thompson
  • 20 Craig
  • 21 Cruise
  • 06 Lathrope
  • 15 Thompson
  • 31 Sullivan
  • 26 Benyon
Ref: Drysdale
Att: 2,426

Match Stats

Shots

21 7

On target

9 1

Corners

9 13

Fouls

10 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:11 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +3:56

Martin Rice takes the free kick.

90:00 +3:47

The referee blows for offside.

90:00 +1:47

Jordan Chapell takes a shot. Nathan Pond gets a block in.

90:00 +1:30

Corner taken by Ben Harding from the right by-line.

90:00 +0:36

Assist by David Ball.

90:00 +0:36 Goal scored

Goal! - Matty Blair - Fleetwood 4 - 1 Torquay Matty Blair scores with their right foot. Fleetwood Town 4-1 Torquay.

89:45 Substitution

Substitution (Fleetwood Town) makes a substitution, with Matty Blair coming on for Gareth Evans.

88:54 Goal scored

Goal! - Elliot Benyon - Fleetwood 3 - 1 Torquay Elliot Benyon slots the ball right footed into the goal. Fleetwood Town 3-1 Torquay.

87:32

Clearance made by Jeff Hughes.

87:27

Corner taken by Lee Mansell from the left by-line.

86:13

Clearance by Nathan Pond.

86:11

Corner taken by Ben Harding.

85:26

Shot by Daniel Sullivan missed to the left of the target.

84:13

The ball is sent over by Stewart Murdoch.

82:04

Lee Mansell makes a clearance.

82:01

Centre by Stewart Murdoch.

81:38

Clearance by Krystian Pearce.

81:33

Steven Schumacher restarts play with the free kick.

81:11

Aaron Downes concedes a free kick for a foul on Gareth Evans.

80:43

Martin Rice takes the free kick.

80:13 Substitution

Substitution (Fleetwood Town) makes a substitution, with Stewart Murdoch coming on for Antoni Sarcevic.

80:03 Substitution

Substitution Jamille Matt goes off and David Ball comes on.

79:43

Jamille Matt concedes a free kick for a foul on Krystian Pearce.

77:46

Lee Mansell takes the free kick.

77:39

Gareth Evans challenges Lee Mansell unfairly and gives away a free kick.

77:25

Aaron Downes manages to make a clearance.

77:21

The ball is delivered by Steven Schumacher.

77:14

Lee Mansell makes a clearance.

77:09

Free kick taken by Steven Schumacher.

76:54

Aaron Downes concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamille Matt.

75:26

Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Lee Mansell and misses to the right of the goal.

74:43

Antoni Sarcevic challenges Callum Ball unfairly and gives away a free kick.

74:30

Clearance made by Ryan Cresswell.

74:27

Corner taken by Lee Mansell from the left by-line.

74:02

Corner taken by Ben Harding from the right by-line.

73:45

Scott Davies manages to make a clearance.

73:37

The ball is crossed by Jordan Chapell.

72:40

Clearance by Nathan Pond.

72:37

A cross is delivered by Daniel Sullivan.

69:41

Jeff Hughes is caught offside.

69:19

Kevin Nicholson makes a clearance.

69:15

Jeff Hughes produces a cross.

67:57

Scott Davies takes the free kick.

67:46 Substitution

Substitution Elliot Benyon comes on in place of Karl Hawley.

67:26 Substitution

Substitution Daniel Sullivan on for Courtney Cameron.

67:01

Karl Hawley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Howell.

65:29

Scott Davies restarts play with the free kick.

65:05

Clearance by Ryan Cresswell.

65:01

Ben Harding crosses the ball in from the free kick.

64:33

Dale Tonge fouled by Jamille Matt, the ref awards a free kick.

63:36

Shot by Jeff Hughes. Blocked by Krystian Pearce.

61:51 Goal scored

Goal! - Jamille Matt - Fleetwood 3 - 0 Torquay Jamille Matt grabs a goal with a right foot finish. Fleetwood Town 3-0 Torquay.

61:39

Corner taken by Gareth Evans.

60:56

Centre by Callum Ball.

58:44

Jamille Matt manages to make a clearance.

58:38

Corner from the right by-line taken by Ben Harding.

55:34

Nathan Pond makes a clearance.

55:31

Jordan Chapell produces a cross.

54:56

Junior Brown crosses the ball.

54:16

Corner taken by Ben Harding.

52:40

Junior Brown takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.

52:20

Steven Schumacher has an effort at goal.

52:12

Ryan Cresswell restarts play with the free kick.

51:49

Karl Hawley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Schumacher.

51:06

Free kick crossed by Ben Harding.

50:35 Booking

Booking

50:35

Jeff Hughes goes into the book.

50:30

Jeff Hughes challenges Jordan Chapell unfairly and gives away a free kick.

50:24

Nathan Pond manages to make a clearance.

50:21

The ball is sent over by Dale Tonge.

49:49

The official flags Karl Hawley offside.

49:41

Conor McLaughlin makes a clearance.

49:33

Corner taken by Ben Harding.

49:09

Dean Howell manages to make a clearance.

48:59

Corner taken by Ben Harding from the right by-line.

48:32

Corner from the right by-line taken by Ben Harding.

47:54

Shot by Ryan Cresswell missed to the left of the target.

47:52

Corner from the right by-line taken by Gareth Evans.

47:38

Shot by Ryan Cresswell. Martin Rice parries the effort to safety.

47:30

Corner taken by Gareth Evans from the right by-line.

47:11

Clearance made by Martin Rice.

47:07

A cross is delivered by Junior Brown.

46:51

Centre by Jeff Hughes.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:28 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +2:24

Nathan Pond manages to make a clearance.

45:00 +2:18

Corner taken by Ben Harding from the right by-line.

45:00 +0:35

Lee Mansell sends in a cross.

45:00 +0:26

Corner taken by Ben Harding from the right by-line.

43:06

Free kick taken by Steven Schumacher.

43:03

Free kick awarded for a foul by Karl Hawley on Steven Schumacher.

42:39

Jeff Hughes takes the free kick.

42:12

Jeff Hughes concedes a free kick for a foul on Karl Hawley.

40:00

Header at goal by Jeff Hughes to the left of the net.

39:53

Conor McLaughlin crosses the ball.

39:41

Conor McLaughlin delivers the ball.

39:28

Clearance made by Krystian Pearce.

39:25

The ball is sent over by Conor McLaughlin.

39:06

Steven Schumacher has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

38:45

Clearance made by Kevin Nicholson.

38:40

Junior Brown produces a cross.

38:28

Corner from the left by-line taken by Gareth Evans.

36:48

The assist for the goal came from Jeff Hughes.

36:48 Goal scored

Goal! - Antoni Sarcevic - Fleetwood 2 - 0 Torquay Antoni Sarcevic scores with a left foot finish. Fleetwood Town 2-0 Torquay.

35:40

Gareth Evans produces a cross.

35:16

Free kick taken by Scott Davies.

35:06

Callum Ball gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jeff Hughes.

34:53

Free kick crossed by Ben Harding.

34:37

Foul by Dean Howell on Jordan Chapell, free kick awarded.

32:26

The ball is delivered by Courtney Cameron.

31:26

Free kick crossed by Kevin Nicholson.

31:14

Conor McLaughlin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Courtney Cameron.

30:28

Steven Schumacher takes a shot. Martin Rice catches the ball.

30:21

Junior Brown takes the free kick.

29:34

Lee Mansell is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

29:34 Booking

Booking

29:31

Junior Brown fouled by Lee Mansell, the ref awards a free kick.

28:55

Corner taken by Gareth Evans.

28:42

Krystian Pearce manages to make a clearance.

28:31

The ball is sent over by Conor McLaughlin.

28:18

Steven Schumacher takes the free kick.

27:56

Booking for Ben Harding for unsporting behaviour.

27:56 Booking

Booking

27:47

Ben Harding challenges Antoni Sarcevic unfairly and gives away a free kick.

27:31

Clearance by Antoni Sarcevic.

27:26

Kevin Nicholson restarts play with the free kick.

27:08

Conor McLaughlin challenges Courtney Cameron unfairly and gives away a free kick.

26:18

Jamille Matt takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

25:20

Corner taken by Ben Harding from the right by-line.

24:50

Jordan Chapell takes a shot.

22:57

Aaron Downes takes the free kick.

22:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aaron Downes by Antoni Sarcevic.

19:51

Clearance by Kevin Nicholson.

19:46

The ball is swung over by Gareth Evans.

19:16

Clearance by Aaron Downes.

19:09

Conor McLaughlin takes the free kick.

18:53

Callum Ball gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Antoni Sarcevic.

17:55

Conor McLaughlin restarts play with the free kick.

17:49

Courtney Cameron gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Conor McLaughlin.

17:12

Header by Jamille Matt misses right.

17:06

Steven Schumacher crosses the ball in from the free kick.

16:50

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamille Matt by Kevin Nicholson.

11:37

Lee Mansell takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Ryan Cresswell gets a block in.

11:09

Header by Jamille Matt goes harmlessly over the bar.

11:02

Corner from the right by-line taken by Gareth Evans.

10:35

Kevin Nicholson makes a clearance.

10:25

Antoni Sarcevic sends in a cross.

9:29

The assist for the goal came from Junior Brown.

9:29 Goal scored

Goal! - Antoni Sarcevic - Fleetwood 1 - 0 Torquay Antoni Sarcevic scores. Fleetwood Town 1-0 Torquay.

9:25

Junior Brown crosses the ball.

9:21

Corner from the left by-line taken by Gareth Evans.

9:10

Chance falls to Jeff Hughes who heads at goal. Martin Rice parries the ball away.

9:02

A cross is delivered by Junior Brown.

8:48

Jamille Matt gets a header at goal. Martin Rice parries the effort to safety.

8:43

Free kick taken by Jeff Hughes.

8:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Antoni Sarcevic by Ben Harding.

7:13

Callum Ball has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.

7:05

Courtney Cameron crosses the ball.

6:05

Martin Rice takes the free kick.

5:50

Jamille Matt is ruled offside.

5:30

Header at goal by Jamille Matt goes over the bar.

5:26

Junior Brown sends in a cross.

5:22

Corner taken by Jeff Hughes.

5:04

Steven Schumacher takes a shot. Blocked by Krystian Pearce.

4:43

Steven Schumacher takes a shot and hits the post.

2:28

The official flags Jamille Matt offside.

2:21

Ryan Cresswell restarts play with the free kick.

2:11

Karl Hawley challenges Conor McLaughlin unfairly and gives away a free kick.

1:31

Shot by Gareth Evans cleared the net.

1:21

Clearance by Aaron Downes.

1:04

Corner taken by Gareth Evans.

0:53

Dale Tonge manages to make a clearance.

0:35

Dean Howell crosses the ball.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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