Former Aldershot striker Scott Rendell was on target as Torquay dented the Shots' play-off hopes with a surprise 2-0 win at the EBB Stadium.

Rendell and Elliot Benyon struck in the first half to ease United's relegation fears and end Aldershot's six-match unbeaten run.

It was the hosts that started at a high tempo with Louie Soares stinging the hands of Torquay keeper Michael Poke inside the first minute.

But the Gulls gradually took a grip on the contest and Benyon drilled home in the 17th minute after shrugging off Aaron Brown.

Shortly afterwards keeper Jamie Young palmed a Kevin Nicholson free-kick onto the bar as Torquay took control.

And their dominance was rewarded after 36 minutes when Rendell bundled home after a Chris Zebroski cross caused confusion.

Town boss Kevin Dillon threw on all three substitutes but the home side failed to carve out any clear-cut opportunities, with Rendell going close again late on.

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