Torquay kept their slim hopes of league survival alive with a vital win against fellow strugglers Bristol Rovers.

After a nervy, goalless first half, loanee Shaquile Coulthirst opened the scoring with a brave diving header from Courtney Cameron's outswinging cross.

Captain Lee Mansell doubled Torquay's lead with his second goal of the season thanks to a fortunate deflection.

Danny Woodards pulled one back from close range as Rovers rallied late on but Torquay held on for a deserved win.

The result saw the Gulls end their run of four straight defeats but they are still seven points from safety.

Coulthirst's opener was the club's first goal in 420 minutes of football and their first away from home since the middle of February.

Bristol Rovers are now just one point above the relegation zone, with just one win from their last eight games.

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

"To say I'm disappointed is an understatement to be honest with you. In the first 20 minutes we started brightly, had one or two opportunities, but after that it was a bit of a dull affair.

Post-match: Bristol Rovers' Clarke

"Second half we never got going and found ourselves 2-0 down quite quickly. We only had a go in the last 10 minutes which is not acceptable for the circumstances we're in.

"We conceded a goal from a set piece, which has been happening to often.

"We tried changing things around a little bit with substitutions but they scored the second, knocked the stuffing out a little more and we just didn't get going."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Bristol Rovers

  • 01 Mildenhall
  • 02 Smith
  • 14 Brown (Clarkson - 76' )
  • 24 Clarke Booked
  • 04 Woodards Booked
  • 29 McChrystal
  • 33 Santos (Harrison - 55' )
  • 32 O'Toole Booked
  • 08 Gillespie (Harrold - 55' )
  • 19 Beardsley
  • 39 Mohamed

Substitutes

  • 06 Parkes
  • 07 Clarkson
  • 09 Harrold
  • 17 Harrison
  • 20 Gough
  • 25 Clucas
  • 30 Lockyer

Torquay United

  • 13 Rice
  • 02 Tonge
  • 30 Cargill
  • 07 Mansell
  • 05 Pearce
  • 29 O'Connor
  • 27 Coulthirst
  • 08 Harding
  • 17 Goodwin Booked
  • 26 Benyon (Downes - 92' )
  • 11 Cameron (Stevens - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Poke
  • 04 Downes
  • 10 Bodin
  • 12 Chapell
  • 14 Yeoman
  • 20 Craig
  • 23 Stevens
Ref: Andy D'Urso
Att: 6,612

Match Stats

Shots

8 6

On target

3 4

Corners

4 7

Fouls

19 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Torquay United 2.

90:00 +7:01 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Torquay United 2.

90:00 +5:06 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bristol Rovers 1, Torquay United 2. Dan Woodards (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ellis Harrison.

90:00 +4:18

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

90:00 +4:18

Baily Cargill (Torquay United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +3:18

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Dale Tonge.

90:00 +2:43

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Dale Tonge.

90:00 +1:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Torquay United. Aaron Downes replaces Elliot Benyon.

90:00 +0:16

Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) hits the bar with a header from outside the box.

88:39

Attempt saved. Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

86:38

Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:38

Foul by Krystian Pearce (Torquay United).

86:08 Booking

Booking Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

86:03

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

86:03

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

84:39

Foul by Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers).

84:39

Elliot Benyon (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:13

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

80:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Torquay United. Danny Stevens replaces Courtney Cameron.

79:18

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers).

79:18

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

78:01

Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:01

Foul by Shamir Goodwin (Torquay United).

75:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol Rovers. David Clarkson replaces Lee Brown.

74:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bristol Rovers 0, Torquay United 2. Lee Mansell (Torquay United) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Shaquile Coulthirst.

74:08

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Steve Mildenhall.

72:51

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Steve Mildenhall.

71:15

Foul by Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers).

71:15

Shamir Goodwin (Torquay United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

69:42

John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

69:42

Foul by Shamir Goodwin (Torquay United).

68:26

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers).

68:26

Elliot Benyon (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:18

Hand ball by Lee Mansell (Torquay United).

65:31

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Michael Smith.

62:49

Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:49

Foul by Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United).

62:10

Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:10

Foul by Shamir Goodwin (Torquay United).

61:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bristol Rovers 0, Torquay United 1. Shaquile Coulthirst (Torquay United) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Courtney Cameron.

60:27 Booking

Booking Dan Woodards (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

60:22

Foul by Dan Woodards (Bristol Rovers).

60:22

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

57:49

Attempt saved. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

57:00

Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:57

Foul by Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United).

55:37

Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

55:37

Foul by Courtney Cameron (Torquay United).

54:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Matt Harrold replaces Steven Gillespie.

54:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ellis Harrison replaces Alefe Santos.

53:52

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Mark McChrystal.

52:18

Attempt missed. Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

51:41

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Lee Mansell.

50:53

Foul by Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers).

50:53

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

49:37

Foul by Steven Gillespie (Bristol Rovers).

49:37

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

46:18

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Dan Woodards.

45:52

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by John-Joe O'Toole.

45:42

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Steve Mildenhall.

45:26

Attempt saved. Shamir Goodwin (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

45:00

Second Half begins Bristol Rovers 0, Torquay United 0.

45:00 +2:04 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Torquay United 0.

43:34

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

39:28 Booking

Booking John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

39:23

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers).

39:23

Elliot Benyon (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:00

Foul by Dan Woodards (Bristol Rovers).

37:00

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

36:14 Booking

Booking Shamir Goodwin (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.

36:00

Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

36:00

Foul by Elliot Benyon (Torquay United).

34:23

Foul by Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers).

34:23

Baily Cargill (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:39

Attempt missed. Michael Smith (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

30:54

Foul by Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers).

30:54

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

29:00

Elliot Benyon (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:59

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers).

28:00

Baily Cargill (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:55

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers).

21:38

Attempt missed. Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

21:00

Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

20:56

Foul by Krystian Pearce (Torquay United).

18:16

Foul by Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers).

18:16

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

15:18

Steven Gillespie (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:18

Foul by Lee Mansell (Torquay United).

14:17

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers).

14:17

Ben Harding (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:17

Attempt missed. Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United) header from very close range is too high.

8:21

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

8:21

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

6:47

Foul by Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers).

6:47

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

4:53

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Ben Harding.

2:11

Attempt missed. Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers) header from very close range is just a bit too high.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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