Frus­tra­tion for Bent­ley as Shrimps lack fight

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Rob­bie Gill To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

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.”

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