Torquay vs Accrington Stanley: Howe finds net again as Gulls triumph
Torquay striker Rene Howe got the Gulls off to a flying start with his sixth goal in six League Two games as United beat Accrington Stanley 3-1 at Plainmoor.
Top scorer Howe claimed his ninth goal of the season from a fourth-minute penalty after Stanley left-back Michael Liddle handled Nathan Craig's cross from the right.
In-form Howe sent goalkeeper Ian Dunbavin the wrong way with his confident spot kick.
Stanley restored parity in the 65th minute when their two substitutes combined to good effect.
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Bohan Dixon crossed from the left and striker Padraig Amond stole in between two defenders to head Accrington level.
But two minutes later, Welsh playmaker Craig sent a high ball into the penalty area and Billy Bodin steered his header low past Dunbavin from six yards.
United skipper Lee Mansell increased their lead with a deft far post header to meet Kevin Nicholson's soaring corner kick from the right.