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16:11 29th December 2009

Gulls Swoop To Take Three Points

Torquay United continued their recent good run of results against the Brewers with a relatively comfortable 2-0 victory at the Pirelli Stadium this evening. It was a case of after the Lord Mayors Show for the Brewers who, having put five past Morecambe on Saturday drew a blank against their former Blue Square Premier rivals in a disappointing performance. Torquay capitalised on two poor pieces of Albion defending in the first half to allow Scott Rendell and Elliot Benyon to get themselves on the scoresheet and although Albion had plenty of pressure in the second half, former Tamworth keeper Scott Bevan was rarely tested.

After the thrill a minute win on Saturday it was no surprise that Paul Peschisolido opted to stick with an unchanged side and substitutes bench and the Torquay United side showed little change from the side that did the double over Albion at the end of last season. Kieran Charnock, a new signing in defence and Rendell, a season long loan signing the new faces for Paul Buckles men.

Artur Krysiak was called upon to make an early save as Torquay made a confident start. Elliot Benyon latched onto a ball from Wayne Carlisle but the Polish goalkeeper was able to get down to his left and push a low shot wide of the post.

It was an even contest with both sides finding clear opportunities at a premium. John McGrath tried his luck from range in the 12th minute but his shot was straight at Torquay keeper Scott Bevan.

Torquay threatened from a corner in the 18th minute. Kevin Nicholson put the ball in the middle for Chris Todd to power a header just wide of the target, climbing above the Burton defence.

Jimmy Phillips stretched the visitors defence with a probing run in the 24th minute fastening onto a Shaun Harrad pass but from the edge of the box he could not quite get enough curl on the shot to beat Bevan and steer it inside the post.

Albion were made to pay for some slack marking in the 26th minute as Torquay grabbed the lead. Wayne Carlisle delivered a cross from the right and as Albion stood off, Scott Rendell had all the time in the world to pull the ball down, turn and drive a left foot shot into the bottom corner of the net.

The nearest the Brewers came to an equaliser was on the half hour mark. Another teasing cross from Phillips had the Gulls defence stretched and it was skipper Chris Hargreaves who was mightily relieved to see a misplaced header tipped over the crossbar by his goalkeeper.

Burton failed to learn their lesson and went two down in the 37th minute. Kevin Nicholsons corner was cleared back out to him and with time to look up and assess his options, he drove the ball back into the six yard box. Elliot Benyon was quickest to react to poke the ball home from close range.

Albion needed a response before half time and they almost got it when Greg Pearson got clear of the defence and produced a spectacular save from Bevan in the 43rd minute.

Jacques Maghoma also tried his luck from distance in the closing stages but Bevan was able to watch the ball go safely wide of his post.

Burton were still struggling to get their flowing game going at the start of the second half but Harrad was close to reducing the deficit on 53 minutes firing a first time effort wide from the edge of the box.

Albion began to look more positive and Maghoma, searching for his first league goal dragged a low shot wide of the far post shortly afterwards

The Brewers made their first change on the hour with Richard Walker introduced up front and Russell Penn sacrificed, Shaun Harrad taking up his right wing role. The change almost had an immediate effect, Greg Pearson forcing another smart save form Bevan before Walker turned another chance into the hands of the keeper.

Burton were enjoying more of the possession and territory without seriously threatening although Maghoma was on the end of another free kick routine in the 72nd minute without managing to find the target from distance.

Robin Shroot replaced Paul Boertien with six minutes to play, the youngster occupying a central role as Burton desperately looked for something out of the game, perhaps more in hope than expectation.

Torquays defence were in no mood to concede having let in five on Saturday and they held on relatively comfortably to keep their clean sheet and return to Devon with three points as well.

Albion man of the match: Jimmy Phillips always looked a threat and never gave the Torquay defence a moments rest.

    Data provided by Press Association


    Burton Albion moved into the £7million Pirelli Stadium in 2005