Torquay gave their fans a frustrating afternoon as they failed to make the most of a string of chances to finish off struggling Hartlepool.
The Gulls dominated the first half without breaking through, and while they had the ball in the net in the second half, the goal was disallowed and they could not find another way through a resolute visiting defence.
Torquay manager Alan Knill made one change from the team that recorded its first win of the season at Northampton, bringing Billy Bodin back into the starting XI in place of Courtney Cameron.
His counterpart Colin Cooper also made just one change, with Jonathan Franks coming in for James Poole.
Torquay came out of the blocks superbly, and created two chances for Jordan Chapell in the opening 90 seconds. Hartlepool keeper Scott Flinders was in the right place to block Chapell’s close range shot after a low cross by Karl Hawley, and had time to make a more conventional save from Chapell almost immediately afterwards.
Hawley also had his chances, heading just over the bar from a Bodin cross and just failing to get on the end of a deep centre by Callum Ball.
But Hartlepool weathered the early storm and began to create chances of their own. Steve Howard was at the centre of everything for the visitors, and enjoyed a robust duel with home defender Krystian Pearce.
Franks and Jack Compton tormented Torquay down the flanks, but home keeper Martin Rice did not have a serious save to make in the first 45 minutes.
Ball was constantly lively up front for Torquay and almost broke the deadlock early in the second half with a shot that Neil Austin was glad to clear off the line.
Torquay’s frustrations grew as the second half went on and Hartlepool sensed a way back into the game. Home keeper Martin Rice had to be quick off his line to deny Pool sub Luke James.
Substitute Elliot Benyon had the ball in the net with his first touch of the ball but his diving header was ruled out for offside.
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