Fleetwood 0-0 Torquay

Fleetwood Town manager Micky Mellon

Micky Mellon's Fleetwood Town had to settle for a point from their first Football League match against Torquay.

But they could have marked their League Two debut with a victory after dominating the game for long spells.

Damien Johnson had an early shot blocked, while Shaun Beeley and Jon Parkin were denied by Gulls goalkeeper Michael Poke late in the second half.

Torquay's best chance fell to Ian Morris in the final five minutes, but he shot wide from 15 yards.

The visitors also had a goal disallowed, Rene Howe's late effort ruled out for a push inside the penalty area.

Play was held up for several minutes towards the end of the first half while a large divot, which had inexplicably appeared on the field, was repaired.

It was a satisfactory start to the season for both sides, who are among the favourites for promotion from the fourth tier.

Torquay reached the play-offs last term, while Fleetwood have added considerable Football League experience to their squad during the summer.

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Torquay United manager Martin Ling told BBC Radio Devon:

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"We had the clearer cut chances I feel, and in the second half I thought we were more like our old selves from last year.

"Defensively there were a lot of plus points, especially after the 4-0 against Leicester on Tuesday night (in the Capital One Cup).

"If we'd been a little better in attack, we'd have maybe won the game, but we'd have taken this result before the game."

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