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Saturday, 24 February, 2001, 17:52 GMT
Halifax 2-1 Torquay
Halifax eased their relegation fears with a win against Torquay.

First-half goals from strikers Steve Kerrigan and Gary Jones helped Halifax pull off their first double of the season.

Kerrigan had a goal disallowed for offside after eight minutes and winger Rob Matthews hit the crossbar before Jones beat the Torquay off-side trap after 37 minutes to score from 15 yards.

On the stroke of half-time, a clever four-man move ended with top-scorer Kerrigan taking his tally this season to 14 with a close-range shot.

Fellow strugglers Torquay were never really in the game until they were awarded a penalty after 80 minutes.

Defender Matt Clarke was adjudged to have brought down striker Eifion Williams.

Gary Neil stepped up and scored with the spot-kick to give the visitors what turned out to be nothing more than a consolation goal.


Halifax: Butler, Chris Clarke, Mitchell, Matthew Clarke, Matthews, Murphy, Rezai, Thompson, Middleton, Kerrigan, Jones. Subs: Mawson, Painter, Bradshaw, Gaughan, Mike.

Torquay: Northmore, Neil, Russell, Holmes, Herrera, Watson, Kell, Rees, Williams, Gayle, Hill. Subs: Law, Hockley, Ashington, Lyons, Stephens.

Referee: M Clattenburg (Cramlington)

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