Port Vale substitute Rob Taylor curled a stunning equaliser from 25 yards to earn his side a point from an action packed encounter that ended 2-2 with Torquay.

The pace was fast and furious from the off with Elliott Benyon wasting a first minute opening for the visitors before John McCombe went close for the hosts.

Chances continued to come thick and fast and Vale's Doug Loft drew first blood in the 12th minute when his 18-yard half-volley ripped into the top corner.

Marc Richards' shot was touched against the post by Michael Poke as Vale searched for a second before Torquay hit back with an equaliser in the 17th minute.

Chris Robertson played the ball into the path of Nicky Wroe and his first-time drive flew into the top left hand corner of Chris Martin's net.

Torquay grew in confidence as Martin saved brilliantly from Benyon before Chris Zebroski fired a low shot against the inside of the Vale `keeper's right-hand post.

Vale shook themselves up at half-time and it needed a tremendous save from Poke to deny Richards in the 53rd minute.

But Torquay went ahead with their first attempt of the half when Scott Rendell buried a well placed header from Wayne Carlisle's 67th minute cross.

The goal came against the run of play and Taylor struck a deserved equaliser after exchanging passes with Sean Rigg 14 minutes from time.

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