Frustration for Bentley as Shrimps lack fight
A STUNNING second-half strike by Karl Hawley grabbed Torquay a point and left Morecambe boss Jim Bentley rueing spurned chances.
Hawley’s strike cancelled out Ryan Williams’ equally speculative effort as the Gulls and Shrimps shared the points at the Globe Arena despite Dale Tonge’s late dismissal.
Bentley admitted he was happy to be off the mark after defeat to Wycombe last weekend but revealed his frustration at failing to kill off Torquay.
He said: “We’re off the mark but we deserved to win.We started well, got the goal but we needed to sink our teeth in not take our foot off the gas.
“It was a cracking goal from Ryan that gave us that feelgood factor and we could have gone two or three up. In hindsight I should have maybe freshened it up a bit.
“It’s early days in the season and we looked leggy and lethargic. They were the better team at the start of the second half with more desire and work rate.
“We could have won it with the last kick of the game but that wouldn’t have been justice.”
Billy Bodin came close for Torquay on 14 minutes, jinking in from the left and unleashing a rasping effort which smashed off the bar.
Williams broke the deadlock on 25 minutes, receiving Andrew Fleming’s pass, drifting in off the right and hammering a right-footed effort into the top corner to give the Shrimps the lead.
On 55 minutes Torquay drew level when Ben Harding played in Hawley who received the ball outside the area and rifled a vicious strike into the top corner for his first Gulls goal.
Joe McGee almost snatched the points for the Shrimps with seconds remaining but his savage effort flew off the post instead.
Gulls boss Alan Knill admitted his disappointment with Torquay’s poor first-half showing but was pleased with their second half revival despite Tonge’s dismissal for a second bookable offence.
He said:“We got back in but we wanted to play with a higher tempo than we managed in the first half and we came out much better.
“Hawley scored a great goal and we needed to score at the time because we were getting on top of them.
“There were chances for both sides, they hit the post but the players must take credit.We came here wanting a win but if you can’t win you don’t loose and we’ve done that.
“I didn’t realise Tonge had been sent off at the time but there’s nothing you can do, it’s just one of those things I can’t have any complaints.”