December 26, 2014
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(This article is taken from the Torquay Herald Express with thanks.)
HONOURS in the Boxing Day derby went to Bristol Rovers after a hard-fought game in terrible conditions.
And the disappointment for Torquay continued until the dying seconds of a wind and rain-swept second half as sub Elliot Benyon had an equaliser ruled out for offside
Torquay’s biggest team change came in goal, where Jordan Seabright took over between the sticks from an unwell Martin Rice to make his home debut. Courtney Cameron returned to the team, as did Durrell Berry. The influential Luke Young also returned to the side after missing Saturday’s defeat at Braintree through injury.
The well-supported Rovers featured two former Gulls in their line-up, full-back Daniel Leadbitter and skipper Lee Mansell, making his first return since leaving Torquay in the summer.
Rovers took the lead after eight minutes of an action-packed first half when top scorer Matty Taylor beat Krystian Pearce in a tackle 40 yards from goal and ran on unchallenged to steer the ball wide of Seabright’s right hand.
Torquay came close to equalising on 26 minutes when Young spotted Rovers keeper Fabian Speiss off his line and tried a shot from halfway, but the ball went just over the bar.
And on the half-hour Rovers went further ahead when Neal Trotman met a corner from the left with a firm header at the near post to beat Seabright.
Seconds later Krystian Pearce had to clear off the line for Torquay as an Andy Monkhouse header dropped towards the goal, but Torquay were back in the game on 33 minutes when a Courtney Cameron cross was deflected goal wards, Speiss made a hash of his punch and the ball finally went in off Duane Ofori-Acheampong’s heel.
The weather worsened in the second half and Torquay found themselves playing into driving rain blowing straight down the pitch from the Ministand End.
In the 52nd minute Seabright made a great save, diving to his right, to deny Jake Gosling.
The game became really stretched in the closing stages, and Rovers had a good penalty shout turned down when a huge clearance reached the Torquay box and Taylor went down under a MacDonald challenge
In the 80th minute Rovers had another great chance to score but Trotman’s header from a left wing cross came back off the bar.
Torquay almost saved the day in the dying minutes of injury time. Substitute Elliot Benyon forced the ball over the line as Levi Ives lifted the ball into the Rovers box but the linesman flagged for offside and his effort was ruled out.