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14:40 13th July 2010

Torquay United 0-0 Notts County

Notts County's final game as a League Two club ended in a stalemate away at Torquay United. With both teams' fates already decided, Notts promoted and Torquay safe from the drop, there was nothing to play for in terms of league status. However, both managers had stated their intentions of ending the campaign with three points ahead of the kick-off, setting up an interesting affair between two in form sides. Attacking intentions were certainly clear from the off, both teams looking to operate the channels. Chris Zebroski probed Stephen Hunt on several occasions - unsuccessfully - and former Magpie Kevin Nicholson pumped the ball into the box at every opportunity via his trademark long throws. It was Delroy Facey that produced the first chance of the afternoon, though, bursting down the left flank and floating a cross towards the back post. Lee Hughes was waiting but failed to hit the target, looping a header onto the roof of the net. On 15 minutes Kasper Schmeichel was tempted out of his goal as he chased a long ball onto the right wing. Elliot Benyon was first to the loose ball and skipped past the stopper, leaving him stranded, only the forward failed to capitalise and his centre was easily dealt with by John Thompson. The scare was survived, though more were on the way. Another Nicholson throw was flicked onto Benyon, who lurked on the edge of the six-yard box, but his firm header was clutched out of the air by an alert Schmeichel. 22 minutes into the game the home fans enthusiastically applauded their team, for they had set a new club record of the longest session without conceding a goal. At this point Notts needed to up their attacking presence, because it was Torquay that were looking the most likely to break the deadlock. Nicholson, from left-back, was definitely the key man for the Gulls and his set-pieces were causing problems, as they had done at Meadow Lane earlier in the season. Benyon again flicked over and Mark Ellis also came close as they continued to push forward. Although restricted in the final third, Ben Davies did come close for Notts. Controlling a flick-on sharply, he struck powerfully on the volley but the ball deflected narrowly over. County were continuing to grow into the game as the clock ticked towards the break. Ricky Ravenhill juggled before firing wide, Facey found space at the back post to test Collis and Mike Edwards directed a Davies' delivery over with his head. Hunt almost netted within a minute of the restart after some tenacious work by Craig Westcarr on the edge of the area. Both of the winger's attempts were blocked by a wall of yellow but Hunt crept in and poked narrowly off target. From a direct Schmeichel kick Facey came even closer, at the same time sparking the match into life once more. Controlling deftly with his chest, he turned to strike from distance, sending the ball skidding past the foot of the right post. In a quick move at the other end of the field, Benyon forced Schmeichel to close down well when he raced clear of the backline. And, from the resulting corner, the stopper stooped bravely to punch to safety in a congested goalmouth. Collis was also being kept busy and was at hand to deny Hughes. Ravenhill had opportunistically overhead kicked into the box for Hughes to header but the stopper gathered clumsily following a bobbling bounce. A goal seemed likely but both goalkeepers were on top of their game. Showing great reactions, Schmeichel was required to fist away Nicholson's clever free kick and Collis had to rise high to deny a swinging one from Davies. Bevan had one final chance to beat Schmeichel in his final Magpies appearance but again he was unsuccessful. Beating the offside trap, he drove cleanly from 18 yards, though the reliable stopper dropped low to his right to collect. The clean sheet was a fitting tribute to the PFA Fans' Player of the Year and the 0-0 score line was a fair result on the day. Fans from both teams flooded on the pitch bringing the curtain down on an eventful season. Man of the Match: John Thompson Attendance: 5,124 Notts County: Kasper Schmeichel, John Thompson, Mike Edwards, Graeme Lee, Craig Westcarr (Jackson 63), Neal Bishop, Ricky Ravenhill, Ben Davies, Lee Hughes (Rodgers 72), Delroy Facey. Substitutes: Russell Hoult, Matt Hamshaw, Sean Canham, Jamie Clapham, Luke Rodgers, Johnnie Jackson, Ade Akinbiyi. Scorer(s): None Yellow Card(s): Edwards 28, Bishop 78 Torquay United: Steve Collis, Kevin Nicholson, Mark Ellis, Chris Robertson, Lee Mansell, Elliot Benyon, Scott Rendell, Nicky Wroe, Danny Stevens (O'Kane 72), Chris Charnock, Chris Zebroski. Substitutes: Saul Halpin, Eunan O'Kane, Lathaniel Rowe-Turner, Scott Taylor, Ed Palmer. Scorer(s): None Yellow Card(s): Mansell 16, Ellis 79, Charnock 80
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