THE second string travelled to North Devon in confident mood having already heavily defeated Bideford in cup and league matches – the latest being an 11-1 defeat of the Robins in a league match.
Unfortunately, a team that had averaged over ten goals a game left their shooting boots back in the dressing room, as they slumped to this shock defeat. This means Argyle are now second best to Bideford for the league title and promotion.
Argyle’s afternoon started badly as defender Becky Parkyn was injured in the warm up, which meant a reshuffle at the back. In constant rain and windy conditions, Argyle started slowly but gradually started to take control until a defensive mix up saw them concede a free kick, which Beau Dennis took advantage of to fire home.
Argyle responded immediately with Gabi Alphous going close with a header followed by another effort which flew just wide of the post. Argyle continued to dominate with Izzy Berks seeing her great drive superbly saved by goalkeeper Darnley at the foot of the post.
The second half was nearly all Argyle with Zoe Cunningham and Berks aided by Ezme Wells driving at the Bideford defence. Unfortunately, the goals would not come as the Bideford defence put up strong resistance.
Midway through the second half, a sporadic breakaway led to goalkeeper Becky Pearce saving the original shot but the ball looped up into the air with Caroline Parsons reacting first to score. Once again, Argyle fought back with Katelyn McKane, captain Alex Hugh and Alphous all going close but it proved to be of no avail.
A hugely disappointed Argyle boss Rob Bonney said: “It’s a cliché but you don't win games with possession, it certainly helps but only if you have an end product.
“We could not find the back of the net, which is unlike us. Bideford play a very direct approach, which we didn't deal with on a couple of occasions and we suffered the consequences.
“The title is out of our hands now and all of us are suffering. It was a horrible quiet journey home. We have to get back up to training Wednesday and work at certain aspects of our game. We then must make sure we are professional and take maximum points from our remaining games.”
ONCE again, Argyle Community Trust staff will have a busy Saturday with a 160-plus descending on Home Park to experience our popular Match Day Magic promotion.
From the North Cornwall, area we have a group from Morwenstow Youth Football Club consisting of young players, club officials, parents and friends. They will be joined by a similar group from further afield from North Devon, this being a contingent from Bideford Blues Youth F.C.
Finally, we welcome the staff and young children from Trekenner Primary School, Nr.Launceston. Their day will start with a Stadium tour, coaching session for the children, a buffet for everyone and seats in our award winning Family Stand to watch the game.
We hope everyone enjoys the day here at Plymouth Argyle.
THE latest Ability Counts tournament was staged at Stover School in Newton Abbot and another fantastic advert for footballers with a disability.
Argyle had two sides involved and the coaches praised them all for the terrific enthusiasm for the game, always supportive to new players and the tournament was played in great spirit.
We have to start with the Premiership 2 squad, who progressed to the semi-finals of the FA People’s Cup with three wins and a draw in their group, scoring 10 goals and conceding just one.
“They were all fantastic on the day, with most of the squad on the sidelines encouraging and shouting instructions to fellow team mates throughout games,” said coach Sam Barton.
It wasn’t a bad day either for our League 1 outfit, who remain third after a win over Twyford Spartans and a draw with Torquay United Inspirations, although we did lose narrowly to Special Olympic Plymouth and Exmouth Tigers.
We have also added a dedicated Plymouth Argyle Deaf squad and all groups train on a Tuesday evening at Lipson Cooperative Academy from 7.30pm – 8.30pm
To find our more on Ability Counts, please contact Health and Disability Officer Josh Grant on email@example.com or call 01752 562561 ext.4
THE latest round of fixtures in the Devon Walking Football League continued with a familiar theme of too many draws for Argyle.
Stalemates with Exeter City, Bideford and Exminster leaves the Pilgrims poised just in behind Bideford at the top of the league, despite our wins over Exeter Reds and Exeter Grecians.
“Whilst looking solid at the back, we haven’t created enough to win many games,” said coach Josh Grant. “However, with a few fixture rounds left, we are still in a good position to win the league at only four points behind Bideford. “
If you want to get involved with Walking Football at PAFC or even play for us, please contact Health and Disability Officer Josh Grant on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01752 562561 ext.4
LOOKING for a win to keep pressure on at the top and go into a promotion spot in Western 2A, Marjon faced Southampton Solent on the main pitch at Test Park.
The Solent side started well with a shot narrowly off target. It was a promising start to the game for Solent and one that brought a very physical test to the Marjon team. Lots of points and improvements to be made from last week’s cup exit.
A long Marjon kick was allowed to bounce by a Solent defender and allowed Irwin to have a chance, but his header was saved. Solent went ahead on 16 minutes, when a fine 30-yard through pass was finished into the far corner.
Solent continued to play well but a second goal would not come, with Marjon holding strong and starting a fight-back. Tetley, for Marjon, was just over from the right, whilst Liam Prynn also went close with the ‘keeper making a good Save to his left. Kyle Marks in the Marjon midfield was working well, however, Solent retained their lead going into the interval.
Marjon stepped up and found another gear in the second half. Lewis Jago replaced the injured Phil Payne. Southampton GK got down low to save from Irwin to keep the Solent lead intact, but it didn’t last much longer.
Marjon turned the game on its head in the space of ninety seconds. First, a Marks shot from the edge of the box caught a wicked deflection and left the ‘keeper with no chance and that was quickly followed by a penalty when the home custodian floored Irwin.
Prynn despatched it well into the corner and suddenly Marjon were in dominant mood. Thompson’s stab at an Ireland cross hit the outside of the net, lots of players controlled their individual areas, and Marjon extended their lead with ten minutes remaining when Irwin laid the ball off to Ireland who shot firmly into the corner.
Another attempt was well blocked but Marjon netted again when a cross from the right got to Loosemore who created a bit of Dennis Bergkamp magic to score his first for the first team.
It turned out to be a great win for Marjon who now move into 2nd place in the league. Head Coach Gary Jeffery said: “The lads showed bottle today, they answered lots of questions I fired at them this week , credit to them.
“The Southampton side were big and physical, and we matched them first half today but then we found the rhythm and quality BOP BOP football we can play. It was wonderful to watch in a great second half.
Goal scorers – Marks/ Prynne /Ireland / Loosemore
MOM- Kyle Marks
Great team performance can we now continue to work consistently with good concentration at training in the weeks to come. Up the Jons
FALMOUTH’S Constantine Primary School is one of six lucky primary schools across England and Wales who are set to have the Premier League Trophy on site for the day, after a teacher from their school registered for the new Premier League Primary Stars Programme, a free online resource for teachers across England and Wales.
Constantine Primary School was chosen at random as a reward for early registration to the new Premier League Primary Stars website. The Premier League Primary Stars Trophy Tour will kick off in Falmouth on Thursday before heading to Nuneaton, London, Southampton, Poulton-le-Fylde and Middlesbrough.
Helen Bancroft, Headteacher at Constantine Primary School, was drawn at random from over 1,000 entries into the Premier League Trophy Tour Competition and will now be able to showcase the Premier League Winners’ prize to their pupils. The school will also have the chance to run activities on the day in conjunction with Plymouth Argyle.
The Premier League Primary Stars website is a new resource available for teachers, which contains information packs, classroom assets, videos and planning tools across a range of subjects, including PE, PSHE, Maths and English.
The Premier League Primary Stars Programme not only encompasses the new website resource but also includes events like the Premier League Schools Tournament and other offers like the Premier League Players’ Kit Scheme which sees primary schools apply for free Nike strips for their school football team.
The Premier League Trophy Tour will head to these primary schools and associated football clubs:
Premier League Primary Stars Trophy Tour dates and locations:
Thursday 23rd Feb – Constantine Primary School, Falmouth (Plymouth Argyle FC)
Tuesday 21st March – Barlestone C of E Primary School, Nuneaton (Leicester City FC)
Wednesday 22nd March – Fransican Primary School, Tooting (Chelsea FC)
Thursday 23rd March – Fairisle Junior School, Southampton (Southampton FC)
Thursday 30th March – Preesall Fleetwood's Charity Church of England Primary School, Poulton-le-Fylde (Fleetwood Town FC)
Friday 31st March – Archibald Primary School, Middlesbrough (Middlesbrough FC)
For more information on PL Primary Stars and the opportunities for schools in our area, please contact email@example.com or call Stewart on 01752 562561 ext.4
ARGYLE Ladies promotion charge continues thanks to this hard fought victory over a very entertaining Keynsham outfit.
The result left manager Dave Leonard slightly bemused as he said: “For the opening 25 minutes we were the best team and for the next 20 minutes we were the worst. Thankfully we stuck to our game plan and were deserved winners.”
Ezme Wells was declared fit to play following a car accident with midfielder Dani Barr also able to play having recovered from a broken wrist, while newcomer Zoe Cunningham was named as one of the substitutes.
Argyle started the game well and should have taken a fourth-minute lead when Tori Marks raced on to a Natasha Knapman through ball only to be denied by a superb save by goalkeeper Collette Bell.
The pressure eventually told in the ninth minute when, after Keynsham failed to clear a corner, Barr slammed in a superb 20-yard half-volley under the crossbar. Five minutes later and it was 2-0, when Knapman found the pacey Marks who neatly lobbed the ball into the net over Bell.
Argyle were then left stunned and confused when in the 21st minute goalkeeper Michaela Phillips made a hash of a back pass with the ball eventually being bundled into the net by Katie Cook. This seemed to completely unsettle Argyle who quickly lost their shape and composure.
Keynsham were now on top with Phillips saving low and Brazilian Geovana Cristina dos Santos firing narrowly wide. Argyle were further hampered when defender Ebony Dover fell awkwardly and had to be replaced by Mollie Taylor. Barr was then cautioned for a rash challenge as Argyle trooped off at half time lucky to still be in front.
Argyle were almost caught napping early in the second half when lively Brazilian Santos’ cross was volleyed narrowly over the crossbar by Jade Radburn, with another shot deflected over.
The Pilgrims then started to dominate with Knapman the focal point of most of the attacks and it was her superb through ball to Marks on the hour mark which ended with the young striker finding the bottom corner of the net.
Argyle were now in full attack mode with lively wingers Wells and Amber Pollock starting to get in behind the visitors defence and the midfield playing a higher line. A minute later Argyle brought on Becky Atkins for Kayleigh Brown.
Knapman then found Marks who was denied by Bell. Argyle kept up the pressure and their efforts paid off in the 65th minute when they forced a defender into a poor back pass leaving Knapman to react the quickest to nip in and fire the ball into an empty net to make it 4-1.
Keynsham then scored a bizarre goal two minutes later when Nadine Grogan launched a remarkable free kick from inside her own half which was allowed to bounce over Phillips. Keynsham still looked dangerous and Wells was cautioned for a rash challenge.
Barr then had a header saved before the home defence managed to scramble the ball clear. Wells was substituted by Kayley Lane before the industrious Barr sealed this valuable win by racing on to a great Atkins through ball to slide the ball home before being flattened by Bell.
“It was nice to get in a solid performance,” said Leonard. “What was pleasing was that we scored two goals on what we knew where they were vulnerable. The work rate and effort was superb in fact everyone put in a great shift.
“Mollie Taylor slotted in well when she came on, Rachel Javan played well at left back and Becky Atkins came on and bolstered up the midfield and our front line were awesome once they got going.”
Argyle: Michaela Phillips, Jessie Boston, Rachel Javan, Katie Middleton, Ebony Dover (Mollie Taylor 23) Amber Pollock, Ezme Wells (Kayley Lane 83), Kayleigh Brown (Becky Atkins 61) Dani Barr, Tori Marks, Natasha Knapman. Unused substitutes Zoe Cunningham, Gabi Alphous.
GIRLS from the Plymouth Argyle Advanced Development Centre finished just two points behind Premier League outfit AFC Bournemouth in a recent tournament staged at Yeovil Town.
The final table was harsh on the hosts who battled valiantly through the age groups, but a terrific achievement from the Pilgrim girls, as we finished just two points behind Bournemouth in games played across four age groups.
The tournament was attended by stars from Yeovil Town Ladies, Steph Beck and Welsh international Nicola Cousins, who also showed off the Women’s Super League 2 Trophy won by Yeovil last season.
A full list of results is included below and to find out more about opportunities for female footballers, please contact our PL Girls Officer Bow Jackson on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01752 562561 ext.4
Yeovil 2-10 Argyle
Argyle 8-2 AFC Bournemouth
Yeovil 0-7 Argyle
Argyle 0-2 AFC Bournemouth
Yeovil 4-8 Argyle
Argyle 1-3 AFC Bournemouth
Yeovil 1-1 Argyle
Argyle 1-0 AFC Bournemouth
THE growing Argyle Boxing Club is taking a new step with the grand launch of our male only Boxing sessions on Monday, March 6, running from 4.30-5.30pm.
Launch night will be completely free and then just £1 per session, so join us every Monday night for a fantastic way to get fit and in shape for the summer.
Inspiration for the male Boxing night stems from the fantastic interest shown in our female Boxing sessions, which run every Thursday from 5-6pm at Home Park and also just £1 per session.
The Boxing nights will also incorporate various fitness elements, utilising the fully-equipped gym at Home Park and the unique environment of a professional football club.
All our Boxing sessions are open to young people aged from 11 – 19 years. You can book online here.
The Boxing nights come under our PL4 Sport programmes and more information is available with Social Inclusion Officer Ryan Hooper on email@example.com or call 01752 562561 ext.4
A SPECIAL day for footballers on the PL Girls programme at Eggbuckland, as they were joined by Argyle stars Paul Arnold Garita and Jakub Sokolik.
It was a fantastic experience for all involved and another step forward for our expanding PL Girls programme. To find out more, please contact PL Girls Officer Bow Jackson on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01752 562561 ext.4
“The girls were really excited to have professional footballers join them for their training session today, not only did they get to play with them but also the opportunity for question and answer was brilliant. The girls were truly inspired.”
(Helen Mullally, Head of PE)
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