Torquay fell back into the relegation zone as Exeter returned to winning ways with victory in the Devon derby.

Gulls striker Karl Hawley saw his early penalty saved, after Liam Sercombe's foul on Billy Bodin, and Exeter went ahead via Tom Nichols' long-range shot.

A superb solo goal from David Wheeler made it 2-0 to the Grecians before the hosts pulled one back when Hawley converted Elliot Benyon's cross.

But Alan Gow's clinical finish with five minutes left made sure of the win.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Torquay United

  • 01 Poke
  • 02 Tonge
  • 21 Cruise
  • 07 Mansell Booked
  • 04 Downes Booked
  • 29 O'Connor
  • 11 Cameron (Chapell - 75' )
  • 17 McCourt (Benyon - 68' Booked )
  • 09 Hawley
  • 10 Bodin
  • 36 Mozika

Substitutes

  • 05 Pearce
  • 12 Chapell
  • 13 Rice
  • 20 Craig
  • 22 Chaney
  • 26 Benyon
  • 31 Sullivan

Exeter City

  • 01 Krysiak
  • 02 Butterfield
  • 15 Moore-Taylor
  • 35 Gill (Grimes - 16' )
  • 04 Bennett
  • 05 Baldwin
  • 32 Wheeler
  • 07 Sercombe
  • 25 Parkin (Davies - 78' )
  • 20 Nichols
  • 10 Gow (Keohane - 88' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Woodman
  • 11 Davies
  • 18 Reid
  • 19 O'Flynn
  • 22 Keohane
  • 29 Grimes
  • 30 Pym
Ref: Stuart Attwell
Att: 4,231

Match Stats

Shots

17 11

On target

7 5

Corners

10 5

Fouls

14 5

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Torquay United 1, Exeter City 3.

90:00 +5:02 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Torquay United 1, Exeter City 3.

90:00 +3:57

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Aaron Downes.

90:00 +3:19

Foul by Lee Mansell (Torquay United).

90:00 +3:19

Matt Grimes (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +0:59

Attempt blocked. David Wheeler (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

89:57

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Scott Bennett.

89:21

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Danny Butterfield.

87:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Exeter City. Jimmy Keohane replaces Alan Gow.

86:34

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Jordan Moore-Taylor.

85:48

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Matt Grimes.

84:42 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Torquay United 1, Exeter City 3. Alan Gow (Exeter City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

82:40 Booking

Booking Elliot Benyon (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.

82:17

Foul by Damien Mozika (Torquay United).

82:17

Pat Baldwin (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:31

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Pat Baldwin.

81:07

Attempt blocked. Billy Bodin (Torquay United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

79:14

Attempt missed. Matt Grimes (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

78:40

Foul by Thomas Cruise (Torquay United).

78:40

David Wheeler (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Exeter City. Arron Davies replaces Sam Parkin.

76:36 Booking

Booking Lee Mansell (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.

76:30

Foul by Lee Mansell (Torquay United).

76:30

Alan Gow (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:05

Attempt saved. Elliot Benyon (Torquay United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

74:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Torquay United. Jordan Chapell replaces Courtney Cameron.

73:38 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Torquay United 1, Exeter City 2. Karl Hawley (Torquay United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Elliot Benyon.

70:33

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Lee Mansell.

70:01

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Anthony O'Connor.

69:29

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Anthony O'Connor.

67:35

Attempt missed. Billy Bodin (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

67:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Torquay United. Elliot Benyon replaces Jak McCourt.

65:47

Attempt saved. Courtney Cameron (Torquay United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

65:30

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Alan Gow.

65:18

Attempt blocked. Thomas Cruise (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

64:27

Attempt missed. Karl Hawley (Torquay United) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right.

63:19

Attempt missed. David Wheeler (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

62:48

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Michael Poke.

62:33

Attempt saved. Matt Grimes (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

62:02 Booking

Booking Aaron Downes (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.

61:48

Hand ball by Aaron Downes (Torquay United).

61:11

Attempt missed. Billy Bodin (Torquay United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

59:35 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Torquay United 0, Exeter City 2. David Wheeler (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordan Moore-Taylor.

58:01

Foul by Jak McCourt (Torquay United).

58:01

David Wheeler (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:04

Foul by Lee Mansell (Torquay United).

56:04

Matt Grimes (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

54:25

Attempt missed. Alan Gow (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

46:08

Hand ball by Tom Nichols (Exeter City).

45:00

Second Half begins Torquay United 0, Exeter City 1.

45:00 +2:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Torquay United 0, Exeter City 1.

45:00 +1:21

Attempt missed. Billy Bodin (Torquay United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

45:00 +0:45

Foul by Karl Hawley (Torquay United).

45:00 +0:45

Pat Baldwin (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00 +0:04

Attempt saved. Karl Hawley (Torquay United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

44:14

Attempt saved. David Wheeler (Exeter City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

39:11

Attempt saved. Courtney Cameron (Torquay United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

38:49

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Pat Baldwin.

37:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Torquay United 0, Exeter City 1. Tom Nichols (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

35:56

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Matt Grimes.

29:08

Foul by Damien Mozika (Torquay United).

29:08

Jordan Moore-Taylor (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

27:52

Foul by Thomas Cruise (Torquay United).

27:52

Tom Nichols (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:06

Attempt missed. Aaron Downes (Torquay United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the right.

25:08

Attempt saved. Billy Bodin (Torquay United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

24:28

Attempt blocked. Sam Parkin (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

22:49

Attempt missed. David Wheeler (Exeter City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left.

21:00

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Scott Bennett.

20:45

Attempt blocked. Karl Hawley (Torquay United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

19:03

Foul by Karl Hawley (Torquay United).

19:03

Matt Grimes (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

15:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Exeter City. Matt Grimes replaces Matthew Gill because of an injury.

13:26

Foul by Courtney Cameron (Torquay United).

13:26

Sam Parkin (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:38

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Liam Sercombe.

10:43

Foul by Lee Mansell (Torquay United).

10:43

Matthew Gill (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:12

Jak McCourt (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:12

Foul by Tom Nichols (Exeter City).

8:52

Attempt blocked. Billy Bodin (Torquay United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

8:06

Attempt missed. Lee Mansell (Torquay United) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

7:07

Penalty saved! Karl Hawley (Torquay United) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the centre of the goal.

6:15

Penalty Torquay United. Billy Bodin draws a foul in the penalty area.

6:15

Penalty conceded by Liam Sercombe (Exeter City) after a foul in the penalty area.

3:15

Foul by Aaron Downes (Torquay United).

3:15

Tom Nichols (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

1:30

Billy Bodin (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:30

Foul by Alan Gow (Exeter City).

0:35

Jak McCourt (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:35

Foul by Matthew Gill (Exeter City).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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