League Two
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Torquay United 1-2 Northampton Town

Emile Sinclair's brace gave bottom-of-the-table Northampton a vital win over fellow League Two strugglers Torquay.

Sinclair's first came when he finished off a break with a low strike and he shrugged off Krystian Pearce before firing in from an angle to make it 2-0.

Pearce's volley cut the gap just before half-time, while Anthony O'Connor hit the post twice in a matter of seconds.

Torquay's Joss Labidie saw his late shot held up by the muddy pitch after an error from goalkeeper Matt Duke.

Manager Chris Hargreaves was taking charge of his first home match following three successive postponements, but his side's first-half performance lacked the urgency and aggression needed in such a key relegation clash.

The Gulls were much-improved after the break, but could not find the breakthrough as Northampton cut the gap between the two sides at the foot of the table to just three points.

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Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder tells BBC Radio Northampton:

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Post-match: Northampton manager Wilder

"We gave ourselves a chance and a platform to win the game today. We were lively at the top of the pitch and nice and solid.

"I thought the two wingers did great jobs in protecting the full-backs and Ricky Ravenhill and Darren Carter were superb.

"It has to be a group effort, from myself and the staff through to the players and supporters if we're going to succeed this year.

"It wasn't a game for the faint-hearted but everybody's got to go and compete. They've done that tonight."

Line-ups

Torquay

  • 1Poke
  • 29O'Connor
  • 3Nicholson
  • 6Lathrope
  • 5PearceBooked at 79mins
  • 17GoodwinSubstituted forO'Brienat 86'minutes
  • 7Mansell
  • 18LabadieBooked at 28mins
  • 26BenyonBooked at 56minsSubstituted forHawleyat 60'minutes
  • 19Stockley
  • 10BodinSubstituted forChapellat 21'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Tonge
  • 4Downes
  • 9Hawley
  • 12Chapell
  • 13Rice
  • 21Cruise
  • 25O'Brien

Northampton

  • 1Duke
  • 2McSweeney
  • 3Widdowson
  • 4Carter
  • 27Kouo-Doumbe
  • 29Robertson
  • 7SinclairSubstituted forMarquisat 60'minutes
  • 34RavenhillBooked at 33mins
  • 35DickensonSubstituted forTozerat 81'minutes
  • 18ConnellSubstituted forGermanat 77'minutes
  • 11Hackett

Substitutes

  • 8Morris
  • 9Marquis
  • 12Tozer
  • 13Snedker
  • 17Deegan
  • 24Toney
  • 25German
Referee:
Chris Sarginson
Attendance:
2,051

Match Stats

Home TeamTorquayAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home11
Away5
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Torquay United 1, Northampton Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Torquay United 1, Northampton Town 2.
Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Anthony O'Connor.
Lee Mansell (Torquay United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Antonio German (Northampton Town).
Attempt saved. Joss Labadie (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Torquay United. Aiden O'Brien replaces Shamir Goodwin.
Attempt saved. Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.
Foul by Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United).
Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Jordan Chapell (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Joe Widdowson.
Attempt blocked. Damon Lathrope (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Ben Tozer replaces Brennan Dickenson because of an injury.
Krystian Pearce (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by John Marquis (Northampton Town).
Delay in match (Torquay United).
Antonio German (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Krystian Pearce (Torquay United).

Booking

Krystian Pearce (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Antonio German replaces Alan Connell.
Lee Mansell (Torquay United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Brennan Dickenson (Northampton Town).
Attempt missed. Karl Hawley (Torquay United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Kevin Nicholson (Torquay United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by John Marquis (Northampton Town).
Attempt missed. Shamir Goodwin (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.
Attempt blocked. Kevin Nicholson (Torquay United) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked.
Jayden Stockley (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Gregor Robertson (Northampton Town).
Foul by Jayden Stockley (Torquay United).
Darren Carter (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Torquay United. Karl Hawley replaces Elliot Benyon.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. John Marquis replaces Emile Sinclair.

Booking

Elliot Benyon (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Elliot Benyon (Torquay United).
Gregor Robertson (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt blocked. Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.
Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe.
Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Chris Hackett.
Attempt blocked. Jordan Chapell (Torquay United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Foul by Shamir Goodwin (Torquay United).
Joe Widdowson (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt missed. Brennan Dickenson (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Kevin Nicholson.
Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Emile Sinclair (Northampton Town).

Second Half

Second Half begins Torquay United 1, Northampton Town 2.

Half Time

First Half ends, Torquay United 1, Northampton Town 2.
Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Anthony O'Connor.

Goal!

Goal! Torquay United 1, Northampton Town 2. Krystian Pearce (Torquay United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Chapell with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Matthias Kouo-Doumbe.
Foul by Jayden Stockley (Torquay United).
Darren Carter (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Matt Duke.
Attempt saved. Jordan Chapell (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Foul by Elliot Benyon (Torquay United).
Matthias Kouo-Doumbe (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.
Joss Labadie (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town).
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Chesterfield30151052155
2Scunthorpe30131341452
3Oxford Utd30131251651
4Rochdale2915591250
5Burton291487550
6Fleetwood29154101249
7Southend2913881147
8Newport261097539
9Dag & Red3010911-139
10Plymouth2910910-439
11Hartlepool3010812-338
12Wimbledon3010812-438
13Morecambe2910811-538
14York3181211-336
15Cheltenham3081210-536
16Exeter299812-435
17Mansfield3081111-835
18Bristol Rovers3081012-434
19Accrington288911-633
20Portsmouth3071211-933
21Bury2871110-332
22Wycombe3071013-631
23Torquay297814-1429
24Northampton296815-1726
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