York regained their place in the League Two play-off zone with a narrow victory over rock-bottom Torquay.

The Minstermen opened the scoring through Will Hayhurst with his 18-yard strike finding the top corner thanks to a deflection off Aaron Downes.

The visitors went close to an equaliser but Lee Mansell saw his free-kick pushed around the post by Nick Pope.

Goalkeeper Martin Rice then palmed away Adam Reed's powerful drive to deny York a second goal.

York City manager Nigel Worthington told BBC Radio York:

Post-match: York boss Worthington

"I thought we started the game off very well. The first 25 minutes we got the goal which is obviously key.

"Then the last 20 minutes of the first half I thought we got a bit untidy with our play.

"Another goal would have been nice to kill the game off, but I thought we managed the game very well.

"We limited them and did our job well."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

York City

  • 31 Pope
  • 02 Oyebanjo
  • 03 Davies Booked
  • 10 Penn
  • 15 Lowe
  • 16 McCombe
  • 11 Jarvis (Andrew - 80' )
  • 37 Reed
  • 07 Coulson
  • 19 Bowman
  • 26 Hayhurst (Platt - 92' )

Substitutes

  • 05 McGurk
  • 08 Andrew
  • 14 Montrose
  • 18 Platt
  • 24 Ingham
  • 25 Dickinson
  • 28 Puri

Torquay United

  • 13 Rice
  • 29 O'Connor
  • 03 Nicholson
  • 07 Mansell
  • 04 Downes Booked
  • 05 Pearce
  • 15 Thompson
  • 08 Harding
  • 26 Benyon (Yeoman - 65' )
  • 25 Showunmi (Stockley - 70' )
  • 10 Bodin

Substitutes

  • 01 Poke
  • 02 Tonge
  • 06 Lathrope
  • 09 Hawley
  • 14 Yeoman
  • 19 Stockley
  • 20 Craig
Ref: Eddie Ilderton
Att: 3,416

Match Stats

Shots

11 12

On target

3 5

Corners

5 10

Fouls

8 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, York City 1, Torquay United 0.

90:00 +4:06 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, York City 1, Torquay United 0.

90:00 +3:40

Foul by Krystian Pearce (Torquay United).

90:00 +3:40

Ryan Bowman (York City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:07

Attempt missed. Ben Harding (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

90:00 +1:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, York City. Tom Platt replaces William Hayhurst.

90:00 +1:09

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Torquay United).

90:00 +1:09

Ben Davies (York City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

84:04

Attempt saved. Aaron Downes (Torquay United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

83:45

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

83:45

Foul by Lanre Oyebanjo (York City).

81:04

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by John McCombe.

79:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, York City. Calvin Andrew replaces Ryan Jarvis.

76:57

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Nick Pope.

76:47

Attempt saved. Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

75:19

Foul by Billy Bodin (Torquay United).

75:19

Adam Reed (York City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:50

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by John McCombe.

72:32

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

72:00

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

72:00

Foul by Adam Reed (York City).

69:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Torquay United. Jayden Stockley replaces Enoch Showunmi.

67:53

Attempt saved. Billy Bodin (Torquay United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

67:21

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by John McCombe.

64:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Torquay United. Ashley Yeoman replaces Elliot Benyon.

61:27 Booking

Booking Ben Davies (York City) is shown the yellow card.

61:14

Foul by Ben Davies (York City).

61:14

Niall Thompson (Torquay United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

60:08

Attempt missed. Lanre Oyebanjo (York City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

59:02

Attempt missed. William Hayhurst (York City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

58:19

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

56:48

Attempt missed. William Hayhurst (York City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

56:23

(York City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:23

Foul by Enoch Showunmi (Torquay United).

53:32

Ryan Bowman (York City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:32

Foul by Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United).

53:01

Attempt missed. Elliot Benyon (Torquay United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

50:18

Attempt missed. Russell Penn (York City) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

50:00

Corner, York City. Conceded by Lee Mansell.

49:33

Corner, York City. Conceded by Martin Rice.

49:24

Attempt saved. Adam Reed (York City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

46:52

Attempt missed. Michael Coulson (York City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

45:22

Michael Coulson (York City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:22

Foul by Krystian Pearce (Torquay United).

45:00

Second Half begins York City 1, Torquay United 0.

45:00 +1:01 Half time

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

45:00 +0:05

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Keith Lowe.

44:48

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Nick Pope.

44:39

Attempt saved. Lee Mansell (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

44:00

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

43:59

Foul by Adam Reed (York City).

37:44

Attempt missed. Enoch Showunmi (Torquay United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

37:22

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Keith Lowe.

36:34

Attempt missed. Ben Harding (Torquay United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

36:08

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Adam Reed.

35:29

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Ryan Jarvis.

34:42

Foul by Ryan Bowman (York City).

34:42

Kevin Nicholson (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:27

Attempt saved. William Hayhurst (York City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

29:52

Keith Lowe (York City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:52

Foul by Elliot Benyon (Torquay United).

27:48

Michael Coulson (York City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:48

Foul by Krystian Pearce (Torquay United).

26:41

Hand ball by Ryan Jarvis (York City).

21:51

Attempt missed. Keith Lowe (York City) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

21:30

Corner, York City. Conceded by Kevin Nicholson.

19:54

Attempt missed. Billy Bodin (Torquay United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

18:29 Booking

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

18:08

Attempt missed. Ryan Bowman (York City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

17:18

Corner, York City. Conceded by Krystian Pearce.

15:09

Adam Reed (York City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:09

Foul by Enoch Showunmi (Torquay United).

12:29

Attempt missed. Adam Reed (York City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

11:14

Russell Penn (York City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:14

Foul by Enoch Showunmi (Torquay United).

10:35 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! York City 1, Torquay United 0. William Hayhurst (York City) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Lanre Oyebanjo.

8:44

Attempt missed. Krystian Pearce (Torquay United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

8:00

Enoch Showunmi (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:59

Foul by John McCombe (York City).

7:15

Foul by Aaron Downes (Torquay United).

7:15

(York City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

6:32

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Ben Davies.

6:21

Attempt blocked. Niall Thompson (Torquay United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

5:23

Foul by Aaron Downes (Torquay United).

5:23

Michael Coulson (York City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:26

Hand ball by Russell Penn (York City).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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