April 16, 2013
Gulls edge relegation battle
Torquay put their fans through a nail-biting final quarter before coming through to beat fellow relegation battlers Barnet 3-2 and climb out of the dropzone.
Elliot Benyon put the home side in front after 25 minutes, powering home a close-range header after a free-kick from Kevin Nicholson.
Fit-again keeper Michael Poke kept Torquay in the game with a terrific double save to deny first Andy Yiadom and then Harry Crawford.
Top scorer Jake Hyde came on for Barnet after 58 minutes and marked his arrival by equalising with his first touch, heading in unmarked at the far post after a free kick as the Torquay defence rushed out for offside.
But Torquay were in front again two minutes later when Billy Bodin drove a low left-foot shot past Barnet keeper Graham Stack from the edge of the box.
Defender Brian Saah made it 3-1 with 20 minutes to go with a looping header from a corner, but Hyde kept the pressure on Torquay with a volleyed goal after 77 minutes.
|1 Michael Poke||29 Graham Stack|
|3 Kevin Nicholson||30 David Stephenson|
|4 Aaron Downes||40 Tom Flanagan|
|5 Brian Saah||26 Elliot Johnson|
|2 Joe Oastler||31 John Oster|
|7 Lee Mansell||38 Edgar Davids|
|6 Damon Lathrope||20 Curtis Weston|
|15 Billy Bodin||8 Mark Byrne|
|8 Ryan Jarvis||49 Keanu Marsh-Brown|
|9 Rene Howe||15 Andy Yiadom|
|26 Elliot Benyon||42 Harry Crawford|
|13 Martin Rice||Michel Kuipers 48|
|21 Tom Cruise||Chiro N'Toko 34|
|16 Angus MacDonald||Clovis Kamdjo 4|
|19 Danny Stevens||Nauro Vilhete 27|
|11 Ian Morris||Luke Ganbin 12|
|20 Nathan Craig||Jon Nurse 10|
|23 Ashley Yeoman||Jake Hyde 19|
|Ashley Yeoman for Elliot Benyon (80)||Jake Hyde for John Oster (57)|
|Ian Morris for Ryan Jarvis (89)||Luke Ganbin for Edgar Davids (74)|
|Jon Nurse for Keanu Marsh-Brown (79)|
|Brian Saah (30)||Andy Yiadom (45)|
|Joe Oastler (68)||Edgar Davids (72)|
|· Squads: Torquay United | Barnet|