Torquay extended their stay in the Football League for at least one more game as they beat Devon rivals Exeter.

Tom Nicholls punished a defensive error by slipping a perfect ball to Scot Bennett, who sidefooted home to put Exeter, who are not safe yet, in front.

But the Gulls equalised when Courtney Cameron floated a free-kick into the top corner from 20 yards out.

And Ashley Yeoman pounced on Anthony O'Connor's through ball and slotted it past Christy Pym to seal the win.

With Bristol Rovers, Northampton and Wycombe all losing, Torquay closed the gap on them to five points, but only have six left to play for in their two remaining games this season.

Exeter, meanwhile, are only two points above the relegation zone.

The Gulls started the brighter as Shaquille Coulthirst had a shot deflected over the bar after just three minutes, and Anthony O'Connor glanced a header just wide from a Cameron dead-ball kick before Elliot Benyon shot over from 18 yards.

Exeter went in front when Anthony O'Connor's mistake let in Nicholls down the left-hand side, with the youngster reaching the byeline and pulling the ball back to Bennett who calmly stroked it home for his sixth goal of the season.

Benyon should have equalised five minutes later, but he headed wide after some good work down the left flank led to Nathan Craig floating a perfect cross to the far post.

The Gulls turned it around after the break, however, as they scored twice in three minutes to stave off relegation for at least a few more days.

Cameron got his first goal for the club and with tails up, Torquay got the winner three minutes later as Yeoman latched on to a long ball from O'Connor, beat Jordan Moore-Taylor for pace and slotted it past the on-rushing Pym.

City had a numerous chances to equalise in the final few minutes as Torquay desperately clung on.

Eliot Richards shot just wide from the edge of the box before substitute David Wheeler spurned three good chances in quick succession in the final 10 minutes, the best a side-footed effort after a free kick into the box which he put over the bar.

Exeter could have equalised in the last minute of stoppage time as Richards got his head to a corner, only for Martin Rice to pull off a great save.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Exeter City

  • 30 Pym
  • 02 Butterfield
  • 03 Woodman Booked
  • 08 Oakley
  • 05 Baldwin
  • 15 Moore-Taylor
  • 07 Sercombe
  • 35 Gill (Wheeler - 64' )
  • 20 Nichols (O'Flynn - 45' )
  • 04 Bennett
  • 14 Richards

Substitutes

  • 01 Krysiak
  • 06 Coles
  • 19 O'Flynn (Grimes - 81' )
  • 22 Keohane
  • 25 Parkin
  • 29 Grimes
  • 32 Wheeler

Torquay United

  • 13 Rice
  • 02 Tonge
  • 30 Cargill
  • 06 Lathrope Booked
  • 05 Pearce
  • 29 O'Connor
  • 07 Mansell
  • 20 Craig (Yeoman - 45' Booked )
  • 26 Benyon
  • 27 Coulthirst (Harding - 89' )
  • 11 Cameron

Substitutes

  • 01 Poke
  • 04 Downes
  • 08 Harding
  • 12 Chapell
  • 14 Yeoman
  • 15 Thompson
  • 23 Stevens
Ref: Roger East
Att: 5,221

Match Stats

Shots

13 7

On target

4 3

Corners

5 3

Fouls

8 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Exeter City 1, Torquay United 2.

90:00 +4:01 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Exeter City 1, Torquay United 2.

90:00 +3:32

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Martin Rice.

90:00 +3:20

Attempt saved. Eliot Richards (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

90:00 +1:12

Attempt saved. Liam Sercombe (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

88:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Torquay United. Ben Harding replaces Shaquile Coulthirst.

86:18

Attempt missed. David Wheeler (Exeter City) left footed shot from very close range is too high.

85:34

Eliot Richards (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:34

Foul by Ashley Yeoman (Torquay United).

84:18

Attempt blocked. Matt Grimes (Exeter City) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the right wing is blocked.

82:29 Booking

Booking Damon Lathrope (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.

82:22

David Wheeler (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:22

Foul by Damon Lathrope (Torquay United).

80:41

Attempt missed. David Wheeler (Exeter City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

80:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Exeter City. Matt Grimes replaces John O'Flynn.

79:02

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

78:45

Attempt blocked. David Wheeler (Exeter City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

77:16

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

70:54 Booking

Booking Craig Woodman (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card.

70:48

Hand ball by Craig Woodman (Exeter City).

68:04

Attempt saved. Scott Bennett (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

67:19

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Courtney Cameron.

66:25

Attempt missed. Eliot Richards (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

63:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Exeter City. David Wheeler replaces Matthew Gill.

62:16 Booking

Booking Ashley Yeoman (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.

62:02

Foul by Elliot Benyon (Torquay United).

62:02

Pat Baldwin (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:16

Attempt blocked. Matt Oakley (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

60:31

Foul by Lee Mansell (Torquay United).

60:31

Liam Sercombe (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:23

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

59:23

Foul by Pat Baldwin (Exeter City).

59:08

Foul by Damon Lathrope (Torquay United).

59:08

Danny Butterfield (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

58:18

Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

58:18

Foul by John O'Flynn (Exeter City).

56:47

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

55:16 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Exeter City 1, Torquay United 2. Ashley Yeoman (Torquay United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Baily Cargill.

53:33

Foul by Lee Mansell (Torquay United).

53:33

Matthew Gill (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:34 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Exeter City 1, Torquay United 1. Courtney Cameron (Torquay United) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

50:33

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

50:33

Foul by Danny Butterfield (Exeter City).

49:50

Hand ball by Elliot Benyon (Torquay United).

48:58

Attempt missed. Liam Sercombe (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

48:26

Foul by Elliot Benyon (Torquay United).

48:26

Danny Butterfield (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

46:34

Attempt missed. Damon Lathrope (Torquay United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

46:08

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Liam Sercombe.

45:00

Second Half begins Exeter City 1, Torquay United 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Torquay United. Ashley Yeoman replaces Nathan Craig.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Exeter City. John O'Flynn replaces Tom Nichols.

45:00 +1:16 Half time

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

42:50

Foul by Nathan Craig (Torquay United).

42:50

Matthew Gill (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

41:45

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Matt Oakley.

40:44

Foul by Tom Nichols (Exeter City).

40:44

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

27:59

Attempt blocked. Scott Bennett (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

27:39

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

25:33

Liam Sercombe (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:33

Foul by Damon Lathrope (Torquay United).

23:30

Attempt missed. Eliot Richards (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

22:33

Tom Nichols (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:33

Foul by Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United).

21:11

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

19:29

Foul by Matthew Gill (Exeter City).

19:29

Nathan Craig (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

17:36

Foul by Dale Tonge (Torquay United).

17:36

Eliot Richards (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

16:29 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Exeter City 1, Torquay United 0. Scott Bennett (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Nichols.

14:53

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

14:53

Foul by Craig Woodman (Exeter City).

11:40

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

9:22

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

9:22

Foul by Pat Baldwin (Exeter City).

3:57

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Pat Baldwin.

3:43

Attempt blocked. Shaquile Coulthirst (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

2:43

Jordan Moore-Taylor (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:43

Foul by Damon Lathrope (Torquay United).

2:12

Matthew Gill (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:12

Foul by Damon Lathrope (Torquay United).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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