Torquay conceded their first league goal for 998 minutes but still managed to record an impressive victory as they beat Port Vale 2-1 to stay the top of the table.

The visitors got off to a flying start when Chris Zebroski burst clear and was pulled down by Vale goalkeeper Stuart Tomlinson to win a fifth-minute penalty.

Nicky Wroe sent Tomlinson the wrong way from the spot and the visitors added a second when Vale were down to 10 men after Gareth Owen limped off in the 28th minute.

Kevin Nicholson's long throw caused chaos in the penalty area and Elliot Benyon laid on a simple chance for Zebroski to fire home from eight yards.

Vale were far from beaten, however, and Anthony Griffith lashed his first league goal from 30 yards to reduce the deficit eight minutes before the interval.

The second-half was much tighter, with Torquay solid at the back and threatening on the break through Zebroski and substitute Eunan O'Kane.

Vale almost snatched an equaliser in stoppage time when the immaculate Mark Ellis cleared a Marc Richards header off the line.

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