A match report from Torquay United v Northampton Town, Tuesday February 11th 2014
SKY BET LEAGUE 2
Tuesday February 11, 7.45pm
TORQUAY UNITED 1
Krystian Pearce 45
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 2
Emile Sinclair 10, 16
Attendance: 2,051 (69 away fans)
Torquay: Michael Poke, Kevin Nicholson, Krystian Pearce, Damon Lathrope, Lee Mansell, Billy Bodin (sub Jordan Chapell 21), Shamir Goodwin (sub Aidan O'Brien 86), Joss Labadie, Jayden Stockley, Elliot Benyon (sub Karl Hawley 60), Anthony O'Connor.
Subs not used: Dale Tonge, Aaron Downes, Martin Rice, Thomas Cruise
Cobblers: Matt Duke, Leon McSweeney, Gregor Robertson, Mathias Kouo-Doumbe, Joe Widdowson, Chris Hackett, Ricky Ravenhill, Darren Carter, Brennan Dickenson (sub Ben Tozer 82), Emile Sinclair (sub John Marquis 60), Alan Connell (sub Antonio German 77)
Subs not used: Dean Snedker, Gary Deegan, Ian Morris, Ivan Toney
Referee: Mr C Sarginson
Torquay: Joss Labadie (29), Elliot Benyon (56), Krystian Pearce (79)
Cobblers: Ricky Ravenhill (33, 5th of the season)
10 cautions on or before 11 April; 2 match suspension
15 cautions at any time in season; 3 match suspension
Sendings off: 2 cautions in one game; 1 match suspension but cautions do not count towards above totals. Other sendings off; 1 or 3 match suspension. Extra match ban for additional sendings off.
Despite some heavy overnight rain in Torquay the game was given the go ahead following a 3pm pitch inspection at Plainmoor.
Gregor Robertson, making his debut, replaced skipper Lee Collins (foot) in the one enforced changed to the starting line-up. Striker John Marquis, signed on loan from Millwall the day before the game, was named on the bench.
Emile Sinclair fired the Cobblers in front on 10 minutes, the striker scoring from an acute angle after latching on to an inch-perfect through ball.
It was soon 2-0, Sinclair with another terrific finish following a pass from his strike partner Alan Connell.
Having been relatively untroubled in the first half Matt Duke was called upon on 42 minutes, the Cobblers goalkeeper getting across well to tip away a shot from Gulls substitute Jordan Chapell.
The home side pulled a goal back from a corner as the first half entered stoppage time, Krystian Pearce with a close range volley.
Leon McSweeney put in a good block to deny Chapell a shooting opportunity on 53 minutes as the hosts enjoyed a short spell of pressure on the Town goal.
John Marquis replaced Sinclair on 58 minutes with former Cobblers loanee Karl Hawley coming on for Torquay.
Hawley flashed a header wide on 73 minutes as Antonio German came on for Alan Connell. In the Cobblers final change, Ben Tozer replaced Brennan Dickenson.
Joss Labadie had a shot saved by Duke late on before the Cobblers saw out five minutes of injury time to claim a vital three points.
TORQUAY MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 4
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (0) 6
CORNERS: (3) 6
FOULS: (7) 13
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 0
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 3
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 4
CORNERS: (1) 3
FOULS: (5) 11
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 1
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by Opta.