Torquay stormed to their first home win of the season in fine style with an entertaining victory over Cheltenham.
United manager Alan Knill made one change to his side, with Tom Cruise coming in at left back in place of veteran Kevin Nicholson.
Jamie Cureton made his return to the Cheltenham squad after his opening day injury, but had to be content with a place on the Robins’ bench.
Torquay had the best of an action-packed and bad-tempered first half, and two goals by loan striker Callum Ball saw them in front at the break..
They started on the front foot and could have gone ahead after only 28 seconds when Ben Harding unleashed a fierce drive from the edge of the box that went just over the bar.
Ball opened the scoring with his first goal for Torquay after two minutes, firing the ball under Robins keeper Scott Brown after Lee Mansell and Jordan Chapell had worked hard to win the ball.
But the lead lasted only until the 12th minute when Byron Harrison sprung the Torquay offside trap to slip in unmarked and head home after a free kick.
Cheltenham pushed forward and had a good spell of pressure mid-way through the half. From one right wing corner defender Steve Elliot was denied by a tremendous save from Martin Rice, and Keith Lowe volleyed the rebound against the Torquay crossbar.
At the other end only a timely block by Sido Jombati denied Karl Hawley.
Torquay retook the lead deep in first half stoppage time, when Hawley drove the ball in from the left and Ball challenged Elliott at the near post. The Torquay striker got the credit as the ball spun into the net beyond the diving Brown.
There was no doubt about Torquay’s third goal in the 48th minute as Hawley received the ball deep inside the Robins’ box, twisted and turned, then drove it firmly past Brown.
Cheltenham continued to test the Torquay defence throughout the second half, but they found Aaron Downes and Krystian Pearce in terrific form.
However, the resistance was broken in the 65th minute when Terry Gornell pulled a goal back for Robins after Pearce had poked a Russell Penn through ball into his path and he stroked the ball past Martin Rice.
Torquay continued to press for a fourth goal, and a fierce drive by Harding was tipped over the bar acrobatically by Brown.
Cheltenham brought on former Exeter striker Cureton for the last 10 minutes, but it was Torquay who wrapped the game up with a magnificent goal in the 89th minute. Billy Bodin cleverly fed the ball inside to Jordan Chapell, who took a touch before lashing it into the net.
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