Rene shows Dale Howe to do it

Andrew Tutte smashed Dale ahead from an seventh minute corner

but within five minutes United restored parity following a sweeping

move down the left, superbly finished by winger Billy Bodin.

Central defender Aaron Downes scored his second goal in two

games to make it 2-1 to Torquay in the 31st minute as Dale failed

to clear a corner.

Howe scored the first of his double with an hour gone, firing

home after Dale keeper Josh Lillis could only parry Kevin

Nicholson’s thumping strike.

Howe went solo to make it 4-1, clipping the ball over Lillis,

after powering through the middle of the Dale half from the halfway

line.

Downes saw red in the 73rd minute for fouling Dale striker

George Donnelly as he was about to shoot but home keeper Michael

Poke dived to his left to brilliantly keep out Jason Kennedy’s low

spot kick. Dale substitute Ray Putterill netted an 85th minute

consolation.