March 19, 2013
Gulls end drought
Torquay claimed their first win inn 11 games going back to the end of January, beating Chesterfield 2-1 at Plainmoor thanks to 16-goal top scorer Rene Howe's winner.
On-loan Notts County midfielder Joss Labadie got the relegation-threatened Gulls off to a flying start with his second-minute goal, heading home a cross from forward-thinking left-back Thomas Cruise.
United's joy was doubled six minutes later, on their second attack, as winger Jordan Chapell's thumping goalbound drive was back-heeled past Spireites keeper Tommy Lee by target man Howe.
Man-of-the-match Howe then sent a 25-yard shot screaming past Lee, skimming inches past the post, before heading just wide in the next attack.
Labadie and on-loan Southend striker Elliot Benyon both went close before home keeper Michael Poke went full stretch to palm over Conor Townsend's thumping free-kick strike.
Chesterfield set United nerves jangling when Liam Cooper headed home sub Mark Randall's cross in the 77th minute.
But United held firm with central defenders Brian Saah and Angus MacDonald resolute in front of busy Poke, giving Alan Knill his first win in charge.
|1 Michael Poke||1 Tommy Lee|
|5 Brian Saah||5 Neal Trotman|
|21 Tom Cruise||6 Sam Hird|
|2 Joe Oastler||31 Liam Cooper|
|16 Angus MacDonald||12 Tendayi Darwikwa|
|7 Lee Mansell||33 Conor Townsend|
|24 Joss Labadie||17 Richard Brindley|
|25 Jordan Chapell||8 Sam Togwell|
|8 Ryan Jarvis||25 Drew Talbot|
|9 Rene Howe||34 James O'Shea|
|26 Elliot Benyon||9 Marc Richards|
|13 Martin Rice||Josh Barrington 40|
|3 Kevin Nicholson||Danny Whitaker 10|
|12 Daniel Leadbitter||Mark Randall 23|
|19 Danny Stevens||Alex Henshall 7|
|6 Damon Lathrope||Jack Lester 14|
|20 Nathan Craig||Jordan Clark 41|
|14 Lloyd Macklin|
|Nathan Craig for Elliot Benyon (77)||Jack Lester for Tendayi Darwikwa (46)|
|Daniel Leadbitter for Ryan Jarvis (85)||Mark Randall for Sam Togwell (57)|
|Lloyd Macklin for Jordan Chapell (90)||Danny Whitaker for Conor Townsend (73)|
|Brian Saah (12)||Jack Lester (56)|
|Elliot Benyon (36)||Mark Randall (90)|
|Joss Labadie (53)|
|Angus MacDonald (56)|
|· Squads: Torquay United | Chesterfield|