Match ends, Torquay United 0, Tranmere Rovers 0.
Tranmere were forced to hold on for a 0-0 draw at Torquay after going down to nine men.
Micky Mellon's side showed no signs of a hangover from May's National League play-off heartache as James Norwood and Liam Ridehalgh both went close within the first five minutes.
From there Torquay, who avoided relegation on the final day of last season, restricted Tranmere to half chances and deserved to go in 0-0 at the break.
But Tranmere's hopes of seizing the early initiative in the title race took a blow when Steve McNulty saw red after 55 minutes for a second yellow, before Norwood's red card after 85 minutes left them grateful for a point.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 5McGintyBooked at 61mins
- 4LathropeBooked at 7minsSubstituted forReidat 64'minutes
- 11GoslingSubstituted forLeeat 70'minutes
- 10KeatingBooked at 54mins
- 9PittmanSubstituted forGrayat 70'minutes
- 18KlukowskiBooked at 68mins
- 22BuxtonBooked at 84mins
- 5McNultyBooked at 54mins
- 15NorburnSubstituted forSuttonat 57'minutes
- 12AlabiSubstituted forCookat 74'minutes
- 10NorwoodBooked at 85mins
- Sam Allison
Second Half ends, Torquay United 0, Tranmere Rovers 0.
James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the red card.
Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Andy Cook replaces James Alabi.
Substitution, Torquay United. James Gray replaces Jon-Paul Pittman.
Substitution, Torquay United. Jordan Lee replaces Jake Gosling.
Substitution, Torquay United. Jamie Reid replaces Damon Lathrope.
Sean McGinty (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Ritchie Sutton replaces Ollie Norburn.
Ruairi Keating (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.
Second yellow card to Steve McNulty (Tranmere Rovers) for a bad foul.
Second Half begins Torquay United 0, Tranmere Rovers 0.
First Half ends, Torquay United 0, Tranmere Rovers 0.
Steve McNulty (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.
Damon Lathrope (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.