Sam Wood was Wycombe's hero as they secured their Football League survival on the final day of the season.

The midfielder opened the scoring from close range before clearing Krystian Pearce's header off the line four minutes later.

Steven Craig doubled the lead from the penalty spot before Torquay's Anthony O'Connor was sent off for a second booking early in the second half.

Matt McClure wrapped it up as he dinked the ball over Martin Rice.

The victory, coupled with Bristol Rovers' defeat at home to Mansfield, ensured that Wycombe's 929 fans would be celebrating long into the evening at Torquay.

Gareth Ainsworth's side came out of the traps flying and Wood took advantage after a defensive lapse let Matt Bloomfield in down the right.

His deep cross was converted by Wood with his second attempt from six yards after an air-shot with his first.

Wood hit the post with an outrageous volley from 25 yards before he got in-between Elliot Benyon and a superb cross from Courtney Cameron for the Gulls' best chance of the game.

The second goal came after great work from Matt McClure to rob Krystian Pearce in his own half and bear down on goal, where Anthony O'Connor fouled him in the box.

Steven Craig converted the spot-kick and the Scot was fouled early in the second half by O'Connor, earning the on-loan Blackburn centre-back his second booking.

The Chairboys wrapped up an easy win with 30 minutes to go as lacklustre Torquay defending let in McClure, who dinked a bouncing ball over goalkeeper Rice.

Wycombe Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"It's incredible. This ranks amongst the best things I've ever done in my career - to get a club like Wycombe Wanderers, a small club that everyone wrote off, and to survive on the last day of the season in some great fashion is fantastic.

"I'm so proud to be Wycombe manager, but I played a small part. Those boys on the pitch gave their everything. The likes of Matt McClure who was in tears after the game last week has come and worked his socks off, scored the winner and after that, all we needed was Mansfield to hold on.

"I said to them (the players), can we effect the other games? They said no. I said that we could. We score an early goal and that will filter through, just like it filtered through here. And sure enough Sam Wood took his goal brilliantly."

"They say don't get too high, don't get too low. I think I'll leave that one tonight - I'm going to stay as high as I can because that was a special day."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (3)

Torquay United

  • 13 Rice
  • 02 Tonge Booked
  • 30 Cargill
  • 07 Mansell
  • 05 Pearce
  • 29 O'Connor Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 12 Chapell (Craig - 45' )
  • 06 Lathrope
  • 26 Benyon (Stockley - 45' Booked )
  • 14 Yeoman
  • 11 Cameron

Substitutes

  • 01 Poke
  • 03 Nicholson
  • 19 Stockley
  • 20 Craig
  • 22 Chaney
  • 23 Stevens
  • 31 Sullivan

Wycombe Wanderers

  • 01 Ingram
  • 33 Rowe
  • 19 Pierre
  • 04 Scowen
  • 05 Stewart Booked
  • 06 Johnson
  • 10 Bloomfield
  • 08 Lewis
  • 29 McClure
  • 20 Craig (Morias - 84' )
  • 11 Wood

Substitutes

  • 02 McCoy
  • 13 Horlock
  • 17 Morias
  • 18 Kuffour
  • 22 Kretzschmar
  • 23 Arnold
  • 40 Ainsworth
Ref: Craig Pawson
Att: 3,149

Match Stats

Shots

7 10

On target

2 4

Corners

6 3

Fouls

15 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Torquay United 0, Wycombe Wanderers 3.

90:00 +4:02 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Torquay United 0, Wycombe Wanderers 3.

90:00 +2:40

Anthony Stewart (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +2:40

Foul by Lee Mansell (Torquay United).

89:09 Booking

Booking Jayden Stockley (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.

89:00

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Torquay United).

89:00

Josh Scowen (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:11

Attempt saved. Jayden Stockley (Torquay United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

85:45

Attempt missed. Matt McClure (Wycombe Wanderers) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the left.

83:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wycombe Wanderers. Junior Morias replaces Steven Craig.

78:12

Foul by Nathan Craig (Torquay United).

78:12

Stuart Lewis (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:19

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Daniel Rowe.

75:42

Foul by Courtney Cameron (Torquay United).

75:42

Daniel Rowe (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

74:30

Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Baily Cargill.

70:16

Foul by Nathan Craig (Torquay United).

70:16

Matt Bloomfield (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:40

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Torquay United).

69:40

Anthony Stewart (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

69:26

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

69:26

Foul by Josh Scowen (Wycombe Wanderers).

63:33

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Matt McClure.

63:03

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

62:40

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Daniel Rowe.

61:23 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Torquay United 0, Wycombe Wanderers 3. Matt McClure (Wycombe Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Matt Ingram.

58:02

Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Dale Tonge.

57:02

Jayden Stockley (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:02

Foul by Josh Scowen (Wycombe Wanderers).

56:14

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Torquay United).

56:14

Anthony Stewart (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50:51 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United).

50:46

Foul by Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United).

50:46

Steven Craig (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:00

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

48:00

Foul by Matt Bloomfield (Wycombe Wanderers).

47:43

Attempt blocked. Stuart Lewis (Wycombe Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

47:10

Attempt blocked. Sam Wood (Wycombe Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

46:09

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Torquay United).

46:09

Leon Johnson (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:27

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

45:27

Foul by Steven Craig (Wycombe Wanderers).

45:00

Second Half begins Torquay United 0, Wycombe Wanderers 2.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Torquay United. Nathan Craig replaces Jordan Chapell.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Torquay United. Jayden Stockley replaces Elliot Benyon.

45:00 +3:36 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Torquay United 0, Wycombe Wanderers 2.

45:00 +2:55

Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Jordan Chapell.

45:00 +1:29

Foul by Steven Craig (Wycombe Wanderers).

45:00 +1:29

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

45:00 +1:01

Stuart Lewis (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +1:01

Foul by Lee Mansell (Torquay United).

42:49

Attempt missed. Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

42:19

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Anthony Stewart.

41:02 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Torquay United 0, Wycombe Wanderers 2. Steven Craig (Wycombe Wanderers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

40:55 Booking

Booking Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.

40:08

Penalty Wycombe Wanderers. Matt McClure draws a foul in the penalty area.

40:08

Penalty conceded by Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United) after a foul in the penalty area.

38:27

Foul by Aaron Pierre (Wycombe Wanderers).

38:27

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

35:50

Foul by Stuart Lewis (Wycombe Wanderers).

35:50

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

35:23

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Stuart Lewis.

35:00

Attempt blocked. Jordan Chapell (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

31:19

Foul by Leon Johnson (Wycombe Wanderers).

31:19

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

29:44

Matt McClure (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:44

Foul by Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United).

29:13

Attempt saved. Anthony Stewart (Wycombe Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

27:04

Foul by Steven Craig (Wycombe Wanderers).

27:04

Dale Tonge (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:02

Attempt missed. Steven Craig (Wycombe Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

22:41

Sam Wood (Wycombe Wanderers) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

21:22

Foul by Stuart Lewis (Wycombe Wanderers).

21:22

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

20:10

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

17:08

Attempt blocked. Ashley Yeoman (Torquay United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

14:00

Steven Craig (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:00

Foul by Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United).

13:10

Attempt missed. Anthony Stewart (Wycombe Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

12:16 Booking

Booking Dale Tonge (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.

12:10

Josh Scowen (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:10

Foul by Dale Tonge (Torquay United).

9:13

Attempt saved. Krystian Pearce (Torquay United) header from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

8:56

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Matt Bloomfield.

8:05 Booking

Booking Anthony Stewart (Wycombe Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

8:00

Jordan Chapell (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:57

Foul by Anthony Stewart (Wycombe Wanderers).

5:24 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Torquay United 0, Wycombe Wanderers 1. Sam Wood (Wycombe Wanderers) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matt Bloomfield.

3:43

Foul by Damon Lathrope (Torquay United).

3:43

Stuart Lewis (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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