Match ends, Torquay United 3, Gateshead 1.
Torquay United 3-1 Gateshead
Torquay United stalled Gateshead's National League promotion hopes with a convincing 3-1 victory at Plainmoor.
Defeat leaves the Tynesiders nine points off the top five, down in ninth place.
The home side took the lead when winger David Fitzpatrick foraged down the right, cut inside and beat Dan Hanford with a powerful angled shot.
Paddy McLaughlin stroked home a second-half penalty to bring Gateshead level, but substitute Paul Rooney poked Torquay back in front soon after, getting on the end of Dan Sparkes' excellent free-kick.
The away side were desperately unlucky on occasion, James Bolton's header came back off the bar and Danny Johnson's effort hit a post as they pressed for a leveller.
Late on, however, Brett Williams intercepted Luke Hannant's misplaced pass and added a flattering element to Torquay's win.
Report supplied by Press Association.
- 32RacineSubstituted forRooneyat 54'minutes
- 8YoungSubstituted forLathropeat 69'minutes
- 10RichardsBooked at 64mins
- 11SparkesSubstituted forReidat 75'minutes
- 8BrundleSubstituted forHannantat 46'minutes
- 6FyfieldBooked at 80mins
- 26McLaughlinSubstituted forJonesat 81'minutes
- 18BellSubstituted forJohnsonat 61'minutes
- Craig Hicks
Second Half ends, Torquay United 3, Gateshead 1.
Goal! Torquay United 3, Gateshead 1. Brett Williams (Torquay United).
Substitution, Gateshead. Sam Jones replaces Patrick McLaughlin.
Substitution, Torquay United. Jamie Reid replaces Dan Sparkes.
Substitution, Torquay United. Damon Lathrope replaces Luke Young.
Courtney Richards (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Gateshead. Danny Johnson replaces Nyal Bell.
Goal! Torquay United 2, Gateshead 1. Paul Rooney (Torquay United).
Substitution, Torquay United. Paul Rooney replaces Aarran Racine.
Goal! Torquay United 1, Gateshead 1. Patrick McLaughlin (Gateshead) converts the penalty with a.
Substitution, Gateshead. Luke Hannant replaces Mitch Brundle.
Second Half begins Torquay United 1, Gateshead 0.
First Half ends, Torquay United 1, Gateshead 0.
Goal! Torquay United 1, Gateshead 0. David Fitzpatrick (Torquay United).
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.