Torquay United manager Alan Knill was thrilled with the performance of young striker Daniel Sullivan, who bagged a brace in the Gulls’ 3-2 reserve team win at Cheltenham Town.
Sullivan took just five minutes to break the deadlock, capitalising on an error by the Cheltenham goalkeeper to score, before the Robins equalised on 55 minutes through trialist Callum Morris.
Sullivan put Torquay back in front with a stunning shot from 18 yards, but Cheltenham levelled things once again through Harry Williams.
But Damon Lathrope volleyed a late winner for the Gulls, much to the delight of the watching Knill.
“All our lads did very well but I have to say the two goals from Sully were outstanding, one with his left foot and then one with the right,” he said.
“Damon got the other goal from a corner and just side-footed home. It was a real good display from everyone and it looks like we’ve got a decent group of young players.
“We’re working really hard with them and it’s exciting for a manager to have players in the squad playing well. You try to keep everyone happy and when they get their chance, as we’ve seen with Martin Rice, they have to take it.”
Knill was also pleased to give plenty of his squad players some match practice.
“It was a really good game and everything both teams wanted,” he said. “I really enjoyed it and the players performed very well.
“Cheltenham sent out a circular last week requesting a game and we took them up on the offer. Even though it’s two hours up the road, it has been very worthwhile. Everybody goes through pre-season and then some people don’t play many games, so it was ideal.”