Gulls boost survival hopes

Ten-man Torquay extended their unbeaten run to four matches with

a 2-1 win over relegation rivals York at a muddy Plainmoor.

The Gulls, 2-1 winners over Chesterfield on Tuesday, got off to

another flying start and again led 2-0 at half-time, pressing from

the start before duly taking a sixth-minute lead.

Skipper Lee Mansell sent in a corner and on-loan Sheffield

United winger Jordan Chapell fired the ball back into the area as

York failed to clear their lines and there was Elliot Benyon,

scoring on the spin from eight yards.

It was the Southend striker’s first goal since rejoining his

former club on loan over a month ago.

Torquay forged further ahead in the 23rd minute when forward

Ryan Jarvis finished off a surging run from the halfway line with a

brilliant left-footed drive into the roof of the net from 20

yards.

York started the second half brighter, Josh Carson shooting just

wide on a sweeping counter-attack after 52 minutes.

City did pull a goal back in the 72nd minute through new loan

striker Richard Cresswell, his penalty coming after Thomas Cruise

was sent off for fouling Carson as he prepared to left fly from

just inside the box. But it was not enough to snatch a share of the

spoils.