Torquay Take Third Place

Last updated : 08 May 2004 By Andy Beill
Torquay started the day needing to win to be in with a chance of making the top three, and got off to a flying start at Southend. Steve Woods and David Graham gave them a 2-0 lead within the first 11 minutes, and although Lawrie Dudfield (17 mins) pulled one back, their three points was safe.

They then had to hope Huddersfield slipped up at Cheltenham, which didn't look like happening after Andy Booth scored in the 16th minute. They looked like they'd achieve their task when Robins forward Damian Spencer was sent off in the 62nd minute, but Shane Duff dealt a hammer blow 15 minutes from time following a defensive howler. The 1-1 result means Huddersfield drop out of the automatic promotion zone by means of goal difference after both they and Torquay ended on 81 points.

The Gulls go up with champions Doncaster Rovers, who beat Carlisle 1-0 today, and runners-up Hull City, who were 3-0 winners against Bristol Rovers.

The Terriers will play Lincoln in the play-offs, who finished 7th despite losing 3-2 to Yeovil. Northampton saved their place with a 2-1 win at Mansfield, and they'll meet again in the play-offs.

York were unable to get a win before being relegated to the Conference. They finish bottom after a goalless draw at Swansea.

Defeats for Rushden & Diamonds and Grimsby see them relegated to the Third, along with Wycombe and Notts County whose fate had already been sealed. Going up from the Second are Plymouth and QPR, with Bristol City, Brighton, Swindon and Hartlepool qualifying for the play-offs.

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