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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 33 64
2 Shrewsbury Town 32 61
3 Wycombe Wanderers 32 59
4 Luton Town 32 55
5 Southend United 32 54
6 Plymouth Argyle 32 52
7 Bury 32 52
8 Newport County AFC 32 50
9 Stevenage 32 48
10 AFC Wimbledon 32 45
11 Northampton Town 32 44
12 Morecambe 32 44
13 Portsmouth 32 43
14 Exeter City 33 43
15 Accrington Stanley 32 43
16 Cambridge United 32 38
17 Oxford United 32 37
18 Dagenham & Redbridge 32 37
19 Mansfield Town 32 35
20 Tranmere Rovers 32 34
21 Carlisle United 32 33
22 York City 32 32
23 Cheltenham Town 32 31
24 Hartlepool United 32 24

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