Bristol Rovers 1-2 Torquay United

Lee Mansell

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.

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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."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Scunthorpe42191942576
2Rochdale42229112275
3Chesterfield42201482774
4Fleetwood42209131369
5Burton42181410568
6Southend421614121262
7Oxford Utd42161412862
8York42151611861
9Plymouth42161016-258
10Mansfield42141414-656
11Bury42121812554
12Dag & Red42131514-454
13Newport42131415-353
14Wimbledon42131316-552
15Cheltenham42121614-852
16Portsmouth42121515-1251
17Accrington42121416-350
18Hartlepool42131019-249
19Morecambe42121317-1449
20Exeter42121218-648
21Bristol Rovers42111417-947
22Wycombe42111318-946
23Northampton42111318-1946
24Torquay4210923-2339
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