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Notts County   2 - 2   Torquay

Notts County 2-2 Torquay

Notts County 2-2 Torquay

By Paul Fletcher

Struggling Torquay mounted a courageous fight-back to snatch a point at big-spending Notts County.

A composed 16-yard strike from Craig Westcarr and a brilliant Ben Davies free-kick had put the home team 2-0 ahead and seemingly destined for their fifth home win of the League Two season.

Victory would have moved the Magpies up to fourth in the table, two points behind leaders Bournemouth.

But Torquay pulled a goal back before the break from Mark Ellis before Tim Sills snatched an equaliser in the latter stages - in the process earning a valuable away point for his team.

County faded badly after making an extremely impressive start to the match but substitute Karl Hawley almost snatched a late winner with a header that struck the post.

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The home team made all the early running as Ricky Ravenhill and Davies stamped their authority on the centre of midfield, while Westcarr and Matt Ritchie delivered plenty of decent service from wide areas.

Striker Lee Hughes spooned the ball over the crossbar under pressure from six yards and then drew a brilliant instinctive save from Michael Poke with a thundering header as County pushed for an early opener.

It eventually came after 11 minutes when Westcarr's precise top-corner finish eluded the despairing dive of Poke.

The Gulls keeper made further saves from Westcarr and Matt Ritchie but was powerless to prevent the impressive Davies from doubling the Magpies' lead with his sensational free-kick.

Torquay had lost four of their previous five away fixtures in League Two and until they scored the visitors never really looked likely to take anything from this contest.

They struggled to retain possession and had precious few decent sights of Kasper Schmeichel's goal. However, their refusal to capitulate under County pressure was rewarded when Ellis headed home from six yards close to the break.

And they were unfortunate not to equalise 10 minutes after the restart. Elliot Benyon's initial shot was saved by Schmeichel but skipper Chris Hargreaves was unlucky not to score with the rebound, which was blocked close to the line.

And goalscorer Ellis was guilty of a terrible miss shortly afterwards. The defender was completely unmarked at the far post but headed across goal and wide.

Torquay had tightened up at the back and County struggled to rediscover the cutting edge that had made them so threatening in the opening half.

They did occasionally threaten and Poke denied a long-range Davies strike while Hughes shot wide, before the visitors levelled.

Notts failed to deal with Kevin Nicholson's free-kick, which Hargreaves headed on for Sills to convert from close range.

The goal stung County into action but Hughes was again denied by the impressive Poke while Hawley was denied by the woodwork.


Torquay United manager Paul Buckle told BBC Radio Devon:

"We've come to Notts County and drawn, as we have in our previous two league games.

"We have to turn the draws into wins now and we know that.

"And we are still working with boys that played non-league last season, and they'll take a bit of time to adjust."

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Sunday, 11 October 2009

League Two

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Notts County 2-2 Torquay FT
(HT 2-1)
  • Westcarr 12
  • Davies 33
  • Ellis 43
  • Sills 77

Notts County

  • 23 Schmeichel
  • 04 Edwards
  • 06 Thompson
  • 24 Jones
  • 03 Ritchie
  • 08 Ravenhill
  • 10 Bishop
  • 11 Davies
  • 09 Hughes yellow card
  • 19 Rodgers (Hawley 67)
  • 20 Westcarr (Hamshaw 81)

Substitutes

  • 12 Pilkington,
  • 17 Clapham,
  • 18 Hunt,
  • 07 Hamshaw,
  • 15 Hawley,
  • 22 Facey,
  • 30 Akinbiyi

Torquay

  • 30 Poke
  • 03 Nicholson
  • 05 Robertson
  • 23 Charnock
  • 04 Ellis
  • 07 Mansell
  • 11 Wroe
  • 12 Thompson
  • 14 Hargreaves
  • 08 Sills yellow card
  • 09 Benyon

Substitutes

  • 06 Todd,
  • 15 Carlisle,
  • 19 Stevens,
  • 24 Adams,
  • 32 Williams,
  • 10 Rendell,
  • 31 Mills
Ref: PennAtt: 8,812
NOTTS COUNTY
TORQUAY

Possession

  • Notts County 55%
  • Torquay 45%

Attempts on target

  • Notts County 10
  • Torquay 8

Attempts off target

  • Notts County 8
  • Torquay 7

Corners

  • Notts County 4
  • Torquay 5

Fouls

  • Notts County 9
  • Torquay 12
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:22 The referee signals the end of the game.
  • 90:00+2:26 Matt Ritchie sends in a cross, clearance by Mark Ellis. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Elliot Benyon by Richard Ravenhill. Free kick taken by Michael Poke.
  • 90:00+0:58 Kevin Nicholson produces a cross.
  • 90:00+0:05 Centre by Daniel Jones, Michael Poke makes a save.
  • 88:42 Kevin Nicholson takes the outswinging corner, Header by Kieran Charnock from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
  • 88:13 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Kevin Nicholson from the right by-line to the near post, Lee Hughes manages to make a clearance.
  • 87:23 Ben Davies sends in a cross, Karl Hawley has a headed effort at goal from close in that hits the post. Foul by Mike Edwards on Elliot Benyon, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Kevin Nicholson.
  • 85:39 Karl Hawley takes a shot. Blocked by Kieran Charnock. Lee Hughes takes a shot. Save by Michael Poke. Outswinging corner taken by Matthew Hamshaw from the right by-line, Mike Edwards takes a shot. Michael Poke makes a save.
  • 82:18 Matt Ritchie produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.
  • 81:26 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Davies from the right by-line, clearance by Mark Ellis. Corner taken right-footed by Ben Davies from the right by-line, Tim Sills manages to make a clearance.
  • 80:08 Substitution (Notts County) makes a substitution, with Matthew Hamshaw coming on for Craig Westcarr.
  • 79:56 Craig Westcarr sends in a cross.
  • 78:30 Unfair challenge on Elliot Benyon by Richard Ravenhill results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Kevin Nicholson from left channel, clearance made by Mike Edwards.
  • 78:03 The ball is crossed by Lee Hughes, blocked by Kevin Nicholson. The offside flag is raised against Lee Hughes. Kevin Nicholson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 77:40 Centre by Lee Hughes, save made by Michael Poke.
  • 76:12 The assist for the goal came from Chris Hargreaves.
  • 76:12 GOAL - Tim SillsNotts County 2 - 2 Torquay Tim Sills scores a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Notts County 2-2 Torquay.
  • 75:48 John Thompson challenges Elliot Benyon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Kevin Nicholson.
  • 75:09 Effort from inside the area by Lee Hughes misses to the left of the goal.
  • 74:07 Free kick crossed by Kevin Nicholson, save by Kasper Schmeichel.
  • 74:07 Booking Lee Hughes is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
  • 74:02 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicky Wroe by Lee Hughes.
  • 73:08 Matt Ritchie sends in a cross.
  • 72:28 Effort on goal by Ben Davies from long distance goes over the crossbar.
  • 72:03 Tyrone Thompson concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Jones. Daniel Jones takes the direct free kick.
  • 70:36 Ben Davies takes a shot. Michael Poke makes a fantastic save.
  • 69:46 Matt Ritchie takes a shot. Blocked by Lee Mansell.
  • 68:27 Nicky Wroe takes a shot. Save by Kasper Schmeichel. The referee blows for offside against Elliot Benyon. Kasper Schmeichel takes the indirect free kick.
  • 67:40 Chris Hargreaves takes a shot. Save made by Kasper Schmeichel.
  • 67:14 The ball is delivered by Ben Davies, save by Michael Poke.
  • 66:08 Substitution (Notts County) makes a substitution, with Karl Hawley coming on for Luke Rodgers.
  • 64:43 Kevin Nicholson produces a cross, Tim Sills has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.
  • 63:54 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Michael Poke.
  • 63:18 Neal Bishop produces a cross, Elliot Benyon gets a block in.
  • 62:44 Ben Davies takes the direct free kick.
  • 62:44 Booking Tim Sills is booked.
  • 62:33 The ball is delivered by Richard Ravenhill, Mark Ellis makes a clearance. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ben Davies by Tim Sills.
  • 61:07 John Thompson fouled by Tim Sills, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.
  • 58:58 Tyrone Thompson crosses the ball, Close range header by Mark Ellis misses to the right of the goal.
  • 58:24 Neal Bishop gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Hargreaves. Free kick crossed by Kevin Nicholson, clearance by Mike Edwards.
  • 57:49 A cross is delivered by Lee Hughes, clearance by Lee Mansell.
  • 55:44 Elliot Benyon takes a shot. Save by Kasper Schmeichel. Tim Sills takes a shot. Ben Davies gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken by Kevin Nicholson from the left by-line, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Chris Robertson misses to the right of the target.
  • 50:46 The ball is sent over by Craig Westcarr, Michael Poke makes a save.
  • 48:57 The ball is sent over by Lee Hughes, clearance by Lee Mansell.
  • 46:57 Nicky Wroe sends in a cross, Kasper Schmeichel makes a save.
  • 46:24 Outswinging corner taken by Kevin Nicholson from the left by-line, clearance by Lee Hughes.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:04 The first half comes to an end.
  • 45:00+1:14 The ball is sent over by Daniel Jones.
  • 45:00+0:37 Unfair challenge on Mike Edwards by Chris Hargreaves results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mike Edwards.
  • 44:54 Centre by Matt Ritchie, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Luke Rodgers misses to the right of the target.
  • 44:17 Effort from deep inside the area by Elliot Benyon misses to the left of the target.
  • 43:18 The assistant referee flags for offside against Luke Rodgers. Michael Poke restarts play with the free kick.
  • 42:36 Assist on the goal came from Kevin Nicholson.
  • 42:36 GOAL - Mark EllisNotts County 2 - 1 Torquay Mark Ellis finds the net with a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Notts County 2-1 Torquay.
  • 41:59 The ball is swung over by Kevin Nicholson. Ben Davies is adjudged to have handled the ball. Kevin Nicholson produces a cross,
  • 40:57 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mike Edwards on Tim Sills. Kevin Nicholson delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save by Kasper Schmeichel.
  • 40:28 Lee Hughes concedes a free kick for a foul on Kieran Charnock. Michael Poke takes the direct free kick.
  • 38:38 Ben Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Tyrone Thompson. Free kick taken by Chris Robertson.
  • 37:30 The ball is sent over by Daniel Jones, Michael Poke makes a save.
  • 36:42 Effort on goal by Nicky Wroe from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 35:33 Effort on goal by Ben Davies from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 34:50 Matt Ritchie delivers the ball, Lee Mansell makes a clearance.
  • 33:28 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Kevin Nicholson, Lee Hughes makes a clearance.
  • 32:20 Assist by Richard Ravenhill.
  • 32:20 GOAL - Ben DaviesNotts County 2 - 0 Torquay Ben Davies finds the net with a goal direct from the free kick from long range to the top left corner of the goal. Notts County 2-0 Torquay.
  • 31:35 Richard Ravenhill fouled by Nicky Wroe, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 31:28 Centre by Neal Bishop, clearance made by Lee Mansell.
  • 30:28 The referee gives a free kick against Elliot Benyon for handball. Kasper Schmeichel takes the free kick.
  • 28:54 The ball is swung over by Ben Davies, Michael Poke makes a comfortable save.
  • 28:00 Matt Ritchie takes a shot. Michael Poke makes a save.
  • 25:05 Craig Westcarr takes a shot. Michael Poke makes a fantastic save.
  • 24:00 The ball is delivered by Kevin Nicholson.
  • 23:05 Foul by Nicky Wroe on Daniel Jones, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Richard Ravenhill. Matt Ritchie crosses the ball, Mark Ellis manages to make a clearance.
  • 21:48 A cross is delivered by Craig Westcarr, clearance by Chris Robertson.
  • 20:54 Daniel Jones crosses the ball, Kieran Charnock makes a clearance.
  • 19:35 Nicky Wroe challenges Richard Ravenhill unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mike Edwards.
  • 19:00 Centre by Ben Davies.
  • 18:12 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Rodgers by Kieran Charnock. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ben Davies from right wing, Lee Mansell makes a clearance.
  • 17:31 Ben Davies sends in a cross, clearance by Chris Robertson.
  • 16:54 Elliot Benyon takes a shot. Save made by Kasper Schmeichel.
  • 14:49 Lee Mansell challenges Matt Ritchie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Jones restarts play with the free kick.
  • 14:25 Matt Ritchie produces a cross, save made by Michael Poke.
  • 12:26 Chris Hargreaves takes a shot. Blocked by John Thompson.
  • 11:27 GOAL - Craig WestcarrNotts County 1 - 0 Torquay Craig Westcarr finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the area to the top right corner of the goal. Notts County 1-0 Torquay.
  • 11:00 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Rodgers by Kieran Charnock. Ben Davies crosses the ball in from the free kick, Kieran Charnock manages to make a clearance.
  • 8:53 A cross is delivered by Kevin Nicholson, Shot from close range by Elliot Benyon clears the bar.
  • 8:39 The ball is swung over by Kevin Nicholson, John Thompson makes a clearance.
  • 7:07 Lee Hughes takes a shot. Michael Poke makes a save. Ben Davies takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Mike Edwards produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 5:27 Daniel Jones sends in a cross, clearance by Chris Robertson.
  • 5:05 Craig Westcarr produces a cross, Lee Mansell makes a clearance.
  • 3:16 The ball is swung over by Matt Ritchie.
  • 1:48 Lee Mansell concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Hughes. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Ben Davies from left wing. Lee Hughes takes a shot from close in clearing the crossbar.
  • 0:48 Kieran Charnock concedes a free kick for a foul on Luke Rodgers. Ben Davies takes the direct free kick.
  • 0:00 The game begins.

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League Two results

11 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Notts County 2-2 Torquay R

League Two table snapshot

As it stood on 11 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Bournemouth 12 8 25
2 Dag & Red 12 10 24
3 Rotherham 12 8 24
4 Rochdale 12 9 23
5 Notts County 12 17 21
6 Aldershot 12 9 21
7 Barnet 12 6 21
8 Shrewsbury 12 5 21
9 Chesterfield 12 0 20
10 Burton Albion 12 2 18
11 Bradford 12 -1 17
12 Bury 12 -3 17
13 Accrington Stanley 12 -1 16
14 Port Vale 12 1 15
15 Crewe 12 -1 15
16 Lincoln City 12 -7 15
17 Cheltenham 12 -6 14
18 Macclesfield 12 -7 13
19 Northampton 12 -4 12
20 Hereford 12 -4 12
21 Morecambe 12 -7 11
22 Grimsby 12 -12 10
23 Torquay 12 -6 9
24 Darlington 12 -16 2


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