February 16, 2013
Three points finally for Hill
Keith Hill picked up the first win of his second spell in charge at Rochdale thanks to a 1-0 victory over Torquay.
Four games into his Spotland return, Hill witnessed the club's first home win of 2013, which came courtesy of Rhys Bennett's 18th-minute effort.
The visitors' Rene Howe was gifted an opportunity early on when Shane Cansdell-Sherriff trod on the ball and slipped, presenting the striker with a clear run at goal. However, goalkeeper Josh Lillis was off his line quickly and foiled Howe's attempted chip, palming the ball to safety.
That chance aside, Rochdale made the stronger start and took the lead 18 minutes in through Bennett.
The right-back saw his initial shot parried by goalkeeper Michael Poke but was first to the loose ball and converted from close range.
Torquay closed the half in the ascendancy, thanks in part to some sloppy play from the hosts, and created another good chance when Billy Brodin went close when he collected Howe's low delivery but he was unable to match a sharp turn with a composed finish as he fired over the top.
Shaun Taylor, standing in as Torquay manager with Martin Ling recovering from a debilitating illness, sent on Elliot Benyon midway through the second half but the Gulls were unable to break down a resolute Rochdale defence.
|Rhys Bennett (18')|
|1 Josh Lillis||1 Michael Poke|
|5 Shane Cansdell-Sherriff||3 Kevin Nicholson|
|12 Phil Edwards||4 Aaron Downes|
|3 Rhys Bennett||5 Brian Saah|
|6 Brian Barry-Murphy||12 Daniel Leadbitter|
|14 Kevin McIntyre||7 Lee Mansell|
|7 Jason Kennedy||18 Craig Easton|
|23 Andrew Haworth||20 Nathan Craig|
|8 Andrew Tutte||15 Billy Bodin|
|9 George Donnelly||8 Ryan Jarvis|
|27 Terry Gornell||9 Rene Howe|
|13 Steven Collis||Martin Rice 13|
|25 Michael Rose||Tom Cruise 21|
|2 Joe Rafferty||Angus MacDonald 16|
|28 Ritchie Jones||Danny Stevens 19|
|11 Ashley Grimes||Damon Lathrope 6|
|26 Joel Logan||Elliot Benyon 26|
|15 Dele Adebola||Lloyd Macklin 14|
|Ashley Grimes for George Donnelly (55)||Lloyd Macklin for Nathan Craig (57)|
|Michael Rose for Andrew Haworth (70)||Angus MacDonald for Aaron Downes (65)|
|Elliot Benyon for Billy Bodin (82)|
|George Donnelly (46)|
|· Squads: Rochdale | Torquay United|