Port Vale achieved their first win in three Coca-Cola League Two games with a 2-1 victory over Torquay at Plainmoor.

Vale took the lead in the opening half through Lewis Haldane and although United responded after the break through Elliot Benyon, striker Marc Richards sealed the points for the visitors with a close-range finish in the 68th minute.

The opening half was hardly a classic with both sides struggling for form.

Torquay, who came into the game looking for their first win in seven league games, gave debuts to new left-back Mo Camara and on-loan forward Ashley Barnes.

But it was Vale who took the lead five minutes before half-time when a Richards free-kick from the edge of the Gulls box fell kindly for Haldane and he stabbed the loose ball past home goalkeeper Michael Poke from ten yards.

Torquay had been in the ascendancy prior to the opener, with Barnes, skipper Nicky Wroe and winger Jake Thomson all going close, although Vale striker Craig Davies did force Poke into a fingertip save mid-way through the half.

The Gulls got their reward for a positive start to the second period when substitute Benyon converted Chris Zebroski's stab across goal in the 58th minute.

However, the decisive moment in the game came in the 67th minute. Haldane's free-kick from the left flank found substitute Louis Dodds beyond the far post, and he drove the ball back across goal for Richards to turn the ball into the net from point-blank range.

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