TORQUAY United stepped out for the first of three home games in a week with the visit of Chester.
There was a welcome return in the heart of defence for Nathan Smith, but Luke Young was ruled out through injury and Andre Wright was back at parent club, West Bromwich Albion, having been recalled from his loan spell.
It didn’t take long for United to take the lead as Smith did well to force a corner which was perfectly delivered by Dan Butler and was met with a powerful stooping header from Nathan Blissett that flew into the back of the net with just three minutes on the clock.
We continued to ask questions of the visitors’ defence in the wake of the goal as we looked to double our advantage.
A raid from the visitors ended with Aman Verma and then Ifeanyi Allen clear their lines.
United were playing some neat football, with Allen in particular causing problems for the visitors with his skill on the ball.
A free-kick from Rooney went over the defensive wall on its way to clipping the top of the crossbar as the visitors started to up the pressure as the half went on.
There were a few meaty challenges flying in from both sides as we reached the half-hour mark.
An effort from Toby Ajala from the angle was pushed out by the ‘keeper into the path of Blissett who put the ball wide from a good position, however, the flag was up.
Toby Ajala saw yellow for a foul and from the resulting free-kick, Moore manages to punch the ball clear.
After a corner for the visitors was scrambled clear in stoppage time at the end of the half, United were able to launch a counter-attack which ended with Allen going through on goal only to be denied by Worsnop.
It meant that United went into the break one goal to the good.
Good work from Nathan Blissett as the ‘keeper hesitated but Toby Ajala delayed his strike and it allowed Astles to scramble the ball clear from in front of goal with Worsnop floundering.
A drilled effort from Toby Ajala was spilled by Worsnop but there was no-one on hand to take advantage. The ball went straight down to the other end where Moore did well to deny Mahon.
Another powerful drive was well saved low down by the ‘keeper with 62 minutes on the clock.
There was a booking for Danny Racchi for a foul which brought an angry reaction from Mahon who escaped a caution.
The first United change of the evening saw young Sam Chaney replaced by the experienced head of Shaun Harrad.
Hannah did well to make room for a strike which saw Moore equal to as he made the save, whilst at the other end some hesitation by Worsnop almost let Blissett in.
With around 15 minutes to go, Courtney Richards replaced Ajala.
An effort from Blissett looped under the crossbar but was cleared off the line by the head of Astles who did really well to keep his side in it.
Some determined play from Dan Butler saw him hold off his marker before lashing a powerful strike just wide of the target.
As the visitors pushed on in search of an equaliser, they were hit on the counter-attack as a superb ball from Harrad found Allen who made no mistake to guide the ball home and make it 2-0.
It was United applying all the late pressure as a Butler cross low into the danger zone was scrambled clear by Astles.
The game ended with United on the front-foot as we ran out worthy 2-0 winners to make it two victories in a row.