Scunthorpe extended their unbeaten run to 25 games with a narrow win over League Two's bottom club Torquay.

Sam Winnall scored the only goal from the penalty spot after Lee Mansell brought down Matt Sparrow.

Torquay had the chance to level with their own penalty after Winnall fouled Krystian Pearce, but Dale Tonge saw his effort saved by Sam Slocombe,

Substitute Jayden Stockley was sent off for Torquay late on for an apparent elbow on David Mirfin.

The Iron remain second in the table, level on points with leaders Rochdale.

Scunthorpe boss Russ Wilcox told BBC Radio Humberside:

"At this stage of the season it's just about results - we showed a different side to us today.

"For whatever reason it didn't happen for us in the first half, Torquay were up and at us, but the main thing again is another clean sheet and another three points.

"Football can change, so we've got to make sure we stay focussed and calm.

"I'm sure there'll be a big celebration if we achieve promotion - until then, we've achieved nothing."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Torquay United

  • 13 Rice
  • 02 Tonge
  • 21 Cruise
  • 06 Lathrope
  • 05 Pearce
  • 29 O'Connor
  • 07 Mansell
  • 27 Coulthirst (Yeoman - 85' )
  • 10 Bodin
  • 09 Hawley (Benyon - 70' Booked )
  • 11 Cameron (Stockley - 70' Dismissed )

Substitutes

  • 01 Poke
  • 14 Yeoman
  • 16 Cooper
  • 19 Stockley
  • 20 Craig
  • 23 Stevens
  • 26 Benyon

Scunthorpe United

  • 01 Slocombe
  • 18 Nolan
  • 30 Williams
  • 39 Hayes (Hawkridge - 72' )
  • 05 Mirfin
  • 06 Canavan
  • 07 Sparrow
  • 19 Collins (Adelakun - 45' )
  • 29 Winnall (Burton - 88' )
  • 27 Madden
  • 24 Syers Booked

Substitutes

  • 02 Ribeiro
  • 08 Burton
  • 13 Severn
  • 14 Hawkridge
  • 15 Waterfall
  • 16 Adelakun
  • 26 Alabi
Ref: Michael Bull
Att: 2,234

Match Stats

Shots

11 8

On target

3 3

Corners

9 0

Fouls

8 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Torquay United 0, Scunthorpe United 1.

90:00 +6:01 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Torquay United 0, Scunthorpe United 1.

90:00 +2:22 Dismissal

Dismissal Jayden Stockley (Torquay United) is shown the red card for fighting.

90:00 +2:16

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Torquay United).

90:00 +2:16

David Mirfin (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Deon Burton replaces Sam Winnall.

86:10

Attempt missed. Billy Bodin (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

85:14

Damon Lathrope (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:14

Foul by Niall Canavan (Scunthorpe United).

84:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Torquay United. Ashley Yeoman replaces Shaquile Coulthirst.

83:39

Attempt missed. Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

83:05

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

81:00 Booking

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

81:00

Terry Hawkridge (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:55

Foul by Elliot Benyon (Torquay United).

78:11

Lee Mansell (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:11

Foul by Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United).

77:42

Foul by Billy Bodin (Torquay United).

77:42

Eddie Nolan (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:23

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Torquay United).

76:23

Marcus Williams (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

74:38

Lee Mansell (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:38

Foul by Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United).

73:54

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Sam Slocombe.

73:41

Attempt saved. Jayden Stockley (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

73:04

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

73:04

Foul by Eddie Nolan (Scunthorpe United).

71:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Terry Hawkridge replaces Paul Hayes.

70:42

Shaquile Coulthirst (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:42

Foul by David Syers (Scunthorpe United).

69:39

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

69:38

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

69:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Torquay United. Jayden Stockley replaces Courtney Cameron.

69:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Torquay United. Elliot Benyon replaces Karl Hawley because of an injury.

67:00

Delay in match Karl Hawley (Torquay United) because of an injury.

62:17

Attempt saved. Hakeeb Adelakun (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

61:38

Delay in match Matthew Sparrow (Scunthorpe United) because of an injury.

60:32

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Marcus Williams.

60:19

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

60:19

Foul by Niall Canavan (Scunthorpe United).

59:17

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by David Mirfin.

55:58

Attempt missed. Hakeeb Adelakun (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

55:44

Attempt blocked. Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

50:27

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

48:06

Attempt blocked. Damon Lathrope (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

47:31

Attempt saved. Hakeeb Adelakun (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

46:48

Hand ball by Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United).

46:00

Shaquile Coulthirst (Torquay United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:59

Foul by Paul Hayes (Scunthorpe United).

45:00

Second Half begins Torquay United 0, Scunthorpe United 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Hakeeb Adelakun replaces Michael Collins.

45:00 +2:08 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Torquay United 0, Scunthorpe United 1.

43:45

Penalty saved! Dale Tonge (Torquay United) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

43:15 Booking

Booking David Syers (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card.

42:38

Penalty Torquay United. Krystian Pearce draws a foul in the penalty area.

42:38

Penalty conceded by Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United) after a foul in the penalty area.

41:40

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Marcus Williams.

38:50

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Eddie Nolan.

37:03

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

33:59

Attempt missed. David Syers (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

30:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Torquay United 0, Scunthorpe United 1. Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

29:32

Penalty conceded by Krystian Pearce (Torquay United) after a foul in the penalty area.

29:32

Penalty Scunthorpe United. Matthew Sparrow draws a foul in the penalty area.

27:53

Attempt missed. Lee Mansell (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

24:49

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

24:00

Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:57

Foul by Paul Hayes (Scunthorpe United).

23:10

Attempt missed. Courtney Cameron (Torquay United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

22:21

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

22:21

Foul by Niall Canavan (Scunthorpe United).

18:33

Foul by Shaquile Coulthirst (Torquay United).

18:33

Sam Winnall (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:54

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

13:54

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

13:38

Delay in match Damon Lathrope (Torquay United) because of an injury.

10:27

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Marcus Williams.

6:54

Attempt missed. Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

4:40

Foul by Karl Hawley (Torquay United).

4:40

David Mirfin (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:56

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Sam Winnall.

1:42

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Sam Slocombe.

1:27

Attempt saved. Karl Hawley (Torquay United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

0:56

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Paul Hayes.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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