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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 Burton Albion 38 76
2 Shrewsbury Town 39 74
3 Wycombe Wanderers 39 74
4 Bury 38 67
5 Southend United 38 63
6 Newport County AFC 39 61
7 Plymouth Argyle 39 60
8 Luton Town 39 58
9 Stevenage 38 57
10 Northampton Town 39 56
11 Exeter City 39 55
12 AFC Wimbledon 39 53
13 Morecambe 39 50
14 Portsmouth 39 49
15 Dagenham & Redbridge 39 49
16 Oxford United 39 46
17 Accrington Stanley 39 46
18 Mansfield Town 39 45
19 Cambridge United 39 44
20 York City 39 41
21 Carlisle United 39 41
22 Hartlepool United 39 39
23 Tranmere Rovers 39 38
24 Cheltenham Town 39 37

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