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:

"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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