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Sky Bet League 2

Plainmoor (ATT 3,881) 5th September 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: D Sheldrake

Torquay Torquay United vs Bournemouth B'mouth

Torquay 1

C Todd (64)

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B'mouth 2

B Pitman (49)
S Fletcher (87)

Fletcher strike sees off Gulls

Match-winner faced late fitness test to play Gulls

By Hayley Paterson.   Last Updated: 05/09/09 6:26pm

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Fletcher: Match-winner

Fletcher: Match-winner

High flyers Bournemouth continued to climb the table thanks to a late strike from substitute Steve Fletcher to beat 17th placed Torquay United.

The Cherries have now recorded their fifth victory in six games and are level on points with League Two leaders Rotherham United after securing the late win.

Torquay started brightly at Plainmoor with Danny Stevens sending a shot spiralling over the bar in the 30th minute.

Nicky Wroe tried his luck with a 30-yard grass-cutter before visiting skipper Ryan Garry glanced a header just past the far post.

Despite going ahead four minutes after half-time through a bullet header from Brett Pitman, thanks to a clinical Liam Feeney cross and good work from Sammy Igoe, United hit back through Chris Todd.

The Welshman, who has recently recovered from leukaemia, fired home with a powerful header to record his first goal since March and vital equaliser for the Gulls.

A goal was then disallowed as Scott Gyett chased down a lost cause, which the 'keeper spilled, however the referee pulled it back for a foul.

In the dramatic final stages of the game, Torquay looked to have snatched a late win but Tim Sills' header crashed against the crossbar.

United were then left to rue their missed chances as 37-year-old veteran striker Fletcher, who had earlier passed a late fitness test to play, came off the bench to fire home a textbook header in the 87th minute.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Luton Town 17 34
2 Shrewsbury Town 17 33
3 Wycombe Wanderers 17 32
4 Burton Albion 17 32
5 Plymouth Argyle 17 30
6 Bury 17 30
7 Southend United 17 28
8 Morecambe 17 26
9 Newport County AFC 17 25
10 Cambridge United 17 24
11 Stevenage 17 24
12 Exeter City 17 24
13 Portsmouth 17 23
14 AFC Wimbledon 17 23
15 Accrington Stanley 17 23
16 Cheltenham Town 17 22
17 Northampton Town 17 21
18 Oxford United 17 19
19 Mansfield Town 17 19
20 Carlisle United 17 18
21 York City 17 15
22 Dagenham & Redbridge 17 15
23 Tranmere Rovers 17 12
24 Hartlepool United 17 12

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