Torquay's relegation worries deepened as they were beaten by Cheltenham.

Matt Richards scored the only goal of the game as he fired a left-footed volley into the bottom-right corner.

Earlier Scott Brown turned Jayden Stockley's header over the bar and Courtney Cameron also lifted an effort off target for the Gulls, while Jamie Cureton shot wide for the hosts.

Shamir Goodwin almost equalised in injury time but his effort was cleared off the line by Ashley Vincent.

The defeat leaves Chris Hargreaves' side bottom, seven points from safety while the Robins are five points off a play-off spot.

Cheltenham Town assistant manager Neil Howarth told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"It was not a great one to watch if I'm being honest, but you do get games like that and it's important to pick up points when you've not played well.

"We're not playing well as we have in the past seasons, but we could have been 2-0 up as we had a few chances.

"Without breaking any pots, we're picking up points, getting decent clean sheets and the odd win. It's nice to be looking up at the top end of the table."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Cheltenham Town

  • 01 Brown
  • 32 Brundle
  • 20 Jombati Booked
  • 14 Richards
  • 05 Brown
  • 06 Elliott
  • 11 McGlashan
  • 08 Deering (Noble - 69' )
  • 07 Cureton (Taylor - 84' )
  • 10 Gornell (Harrison - 54' )
  • 21 Vincent

Substitutes

  • 04 Taylor
  • 09 Harrison
  • 12 Roberts
  • 19 Kotwica
  • 22 Braham-Barrett
  • 25 Noble
  • 28 Ihiekwe

Torquay United

  • 13 Rice
  • 02 Tonge
  • 03 Nicholson
  • 06 Lathrope
  • 04 Downes Booked
  • 05 Pearce
  • 17 Goodwin
  • 18 Labadie (Mansell - 82' )
  • 25 Showunmi (Chapell - 67' )
  • 19 Stockley
  • 11 Cameron

Substitutes

  • 01 Poke
  • 07 Mansell
  • 08 Harding
  • 09 Hawley
  • 12 Chapell
  • 23 Stevens
  • 29 O'Connor
Ref: Mark Haywood
Att: 3,105

Match Stats

Shots

8 8

On target

3 3

Corners

5 6

Fouls

7 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Cheltenham Town 1, Torquay United 0.

90:00 +4:42 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Cheltenham Town 1, Torquay United 0.

90:00 +2:46

Ashley Vincent (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:46

Foul by Lee Mansell (Torquay United).

90:00 +0:57

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Jermaine McGlashan.

90:00 +0:26

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Kevin Nicholson.

89:51

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Aaron Downes.

89:15

Matthew Richards (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

89:15

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Torquay United).

87:34

Jermaine McGlashan (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

87:34

Foul by Damon Lathrope (Torquay United).

83:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Jason Taylor replaces Jamie Cureton.

82:35

Attempt saved. Jayden Stockley (Torquay United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

81:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Torquay United. Lee Mansell replaces Joss Labadie.

81:47

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Matthew Richards.

81:35

Shamir Goodwin (Torquay United) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the left side of the box.

80:13

Attempt missed. Troy Brown (Cheltenham Town) header from the centre of the box is too high.

79:50

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Krystian Pearce.

74:40 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cheltenham Town 1, Torquay United 0. Matthew Richards (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

72:00

Sido Jombati (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:56

Foul by Joss Labadie (Torquay United).

71:18

Attempt saved. Ashley Vincent (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

69:06

Foul by Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town).

69:06

Krystian Pearce (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cheltenham Town. David Noble replaces Sam Deering.

68:17

Attempt missed. Joss Labadie (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

66:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Torquay United. Jordan Chapell replaces Enoch Showunmi.

66:16

Sam Deering (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:16

Foul by Shamir Goodwin (Torquay United).

62:20 Booking

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

62:12

Jermaine McGlashan (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:12

Foul by Aaron Downes (Torquay United).

61:33

Foul by Byron Harrison (Cheltenham Town).

61:33

Dale Tonge (Torquay United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

58:28

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Krystian Pearce.

57:06

Attempt missed. Sam Deering (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

55:50

Foul by Dale Tonge (Torquay United).

55:50

Ashley Vincent (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:05

Foul by Enoch Showunmi (Torquay United).

55:05

Steve Elliott (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Byron Harrison replaces Terry Gornell.

52:39

Dale Tonge (Torquay United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

52:39

Foul by Terry Gornell (Cheltenham Town).

45:00

Second Half begins Cheltenham Town 0, Torquay United 0.

45:00 +2:57 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Cheltenham Town 0, Torquay United 0.

45:00 +1:33

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Steve Elliott.

45:00 +0:37 Booking

Booking Sido Jombati (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card.

40:40

Attempt saved. Jamie Cureton (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

39:24

Attempt missed. Courtney Cameron (Torquay United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

38:00

Joss Labadie (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:55

Foul by Sam Deering (Cheltenham Town).

36:17

Attempt missed. Jermaine McGlashan (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

34:00

Sido Jombati (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

33:57

Foul by Shamir Goodwin (Torquay United).

32:20

Attempt saved. Jayden Stockley (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

29:40

Attempt missed. Jamie Cureton (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

29:20

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

26:15

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Kevin Nicholson.

23:36

Attempt missed. Ashley Vincent (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

21:53

Foul by Shamir Goodwin (Torquay United).

21:53

Ashley Vincent (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

20:00

Courtney Cameron (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:58

Foul by Mitch Brundle (Cheltenham Town).

18:58

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Scott Brown.

12:53

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Sam Deering.

12:12

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Steve Elliott.

9:02

Courtney Cameron (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:02

Foul by Sam Deering (Cheltenham Town).

8:28

Attempt missed. Jayden Stockley (Torquay United) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

4:44

Attempt missed. Dale Tonge (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

2:08

Joss Labadie (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:08

Foul by Matthew Richards (Cheltenham Town).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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