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Gulls held by Stanley: Match Review

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Torquay made it five unbeaten games from the last six following a goalless draw with Accrington.

Chances were few and far between in the opening 20 minutes as both sides defended solidly in a swirling wind.

The nearest either side came to opening the scoring in that spell was when Kevin Nicholson's superb free-kick sped across the face of goal and central defender Mark Ellis just failed to latch on at the far post.

Midway through the half, winger Danny Stevens broke down the right and his cross was swept wide by Martin Gritton.

Stanley midfielder Charlie Barnett tested Scott Bevan with a thumping 20-yard drive on the half hour, forcing the home keeper to palm over.

Bevan was twice called into action in the 28th minute, first when he was forced to dive late to keep out a deflected drive and then, seconds later, to hold a 20-yard shot on the run by Sean McConville.

United countered with Ellis' free-kick from the halfway line helped on by Gritton and visiting keeper Ian Dunbavin saving Chris Zebroksi's volley on the spin.

Home boss Buckle - League Two manager of the month for a four-win August - sent on three subs to try and gee-up the home attack but it was Bevan, again, that needed to tip over James Ryan's angled effort.

The home keeper then making a breath-taking stoppage-time reflex save to keep out Andrew Procter's powerful downward far post header.

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Sean McConville
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James Ryan
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Danny Stevens
Kevin Nicholson
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Charlie Barnett
Ian Dunbavin
Accrington Stanley

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