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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 15 30
2 Wycombe Wanderers 15 29
3 Burton Albion 15 28
4 Shrewsbury Town 15 27
5 Bury 15 27
6 Plymouth Argyle 15 26
7 Newport County AFC 15 23
8 Morecambe 14 23
9 Southend United 15 22
10 Cheltenham Town 15 22
11 Cambridge United 15 21
12 AFC Wimbledon 15 20
13 Portsmouth 15 20
14 Stevenage 15 20
15 Accrington Stanley 15 20
16 Exeter City 14 19
17 Mansfield Town 15 19
18 Northampton Town 15 18
19 Oxford United 15 16
20 Carlisle United 15 15
21 Dagenham & Redbridge 15 15
22 York City 15 12
23 Tranmere Rovers 15 11
24 Hartlepool United 15 11

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