Torquay 0 Fleetwood 1

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Fleetwood Town ended their goal drought with one moment of magic at Plainmoor.

Neither side created much in an error-strewn first half, Lee Mansell coming closest to breaking the deadlock with a 40 yard drive which whistled over Chris Maxwell’s crossbar.

The game opened up after the break, Maxwell denying Elliot Benyon early on before Fleetwood went on the attack.

And they should have grabbed the lead when Jamille Matt broke free of the Gulls defence, his shot bravely parried by Martin Rice.

In the hunt for a first goal in seven hours Town threw Jon Parkin into the action.

And the pressure almost paid off when Antoni Sarcevic found space to shoot, his effort grazing the woodwork.

Mark Roberts pulled off a stunning double block at the other end to twice deny Mansell as the two sides traded blows.

And eventually a flat second half finally surrendered a real scoring opportunity, one Matt couldn’t miss.

A bit of gritty determination from Steven Schumacher, picking out Parkin who sent his striker partner through for an easy finish.

Torquay turned up the pressure in a desperate bid to level, launching a set piece bombardment at the Fleetwood goal.