Tranmere were forced to hold on for a 0-0 draw at Torquay after going down to nine men.Micky Mellon’s side showed no signs of a hangover from May’s National League play-off heartache as James Norwood and Liam Ridehalgh both went close within the first five minutes.From there Torquay, who avoided relegation on the final day of last season, restricted Tranmere to half chances and deserved to go in 0-0 at the break.
But Tranmere’s hopes of seizing the early initiative in the title race took a blow when Steve McNulty saw red after 55 minutes for a second yellow, before Norwood’s red card after 85 minutes left them grateful for a point.Match report supplied by the Press Association.Line-upsLive TextLine-upsTorquay1Clarke5McGintyBooked at 61mins6Gowling8Young4LathropeBooked at 7minsSubstituted forReidat 64’minutes23Higgins7Chaney11GoslingSubstituted forLeeat 70’minutes18Klukowski9PittmanSubstituted forGrayat 70’minutes10KeatingBooked at 54minsSubstitutes14Anderson15Lee17Gray19Reid20OsbornTranmere1Davies22Buxton3Ridehalgh24J HughesMcEveley5McNultyBooked at 54mins8HarrisNorburnSubstituted forSuttonat 57’minutes11Jennings10NorwoodBooked at 85minsAlabiSubstituted forCookat 74’minutesSubstitutes9Cook12Sutton16Dunn19Mangan26PillingReferee:Sam AllisonAttendance:3,162Live TextPosted at Match ends, Torquay United 0, Tranmere Rovers 0.Full TimePosted at 90′ Second Half ends, Torquay United 0, Tranmere Rovers 0.DismissalPosted at 85′ James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the red card.SubstitutionPosted at 74′ Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Andy Cook replaces James Alabi.SubstitutionPosted at 70′ Substitution, Torquay United. James Gray replaces Jon-Paul Pittman.SubstitutionPosted at 70′ Substitution, Torquay United. Jordan Lee replaces Jake Gosling.SubstitutionPosted at 64′ Substitution, Torquay United. Jamie Reid replaces Damon Lathrope.BookingPosted at 61′ Sean McGinty (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.SubstitutionPosted at 57′ Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Ritchie Sutton replaces Ollie Norburn.BookingPosted at 54′ Ruairi Keating (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.DismissalPosted at 54′ Second yellow card to Steve McNulty (Tranmere Rovers) for a bad foul.Second HalfPosted at Second Half begins Torquay United 0, Tranmere Rovers 0.Half TimePosted at 45’+5′ First Half ends, Torquay United 0, Tranmere Rovers 0.BookingPosted at 20′ Steve McNulty (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.BookingPosted at 7′ Damon Lathrope (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.Kick OffPosted at First Half begins.Lineups are announced and players are warming up.goal
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