Thame UnitedTHE second game of the season for Plymouth Argyle’s first-team squad from the Football Education programme ended in defeat at Wycombe Wanderers and some major lessons learned.

After demolishing Birmingham City on the opening day, this match at Thame United was a repeat of last season’s cup quarter-final, when Argyle triumphed to meet Liverpool in the last four.

It was another close encounter but a needless dismissal gave us a major mountain to climb, and it eventually proved too much.

“It was a good set-up at Thame United and we went there full of confidence after the win over Birmingham,” said head coach Lee Hodges. “We knew Wycombe were a very good side from the game last year.

“We conceded a goal after 10 minutes but then grew back into the game, equalising with an inswinging free-kick from Jake Anderson that flicked off a Wycombe head.

“One of our strikers, Clayton Thomas, was booked for retaliation on the stroke of half-time and I spoke to him about the importance of keeping his discipline. Unfortunately, that wasn’t heeded, as he picked up another booking for kicking out immediately after the interval.

“It’s a big lesson for Clayton because you have to earn the trust of your coach and team-mates. We maintained our shape with ten men but a groin injury to one of our centre-backs 20 minutes from time forced us to change formation.

“We eventually got deeper and conceded a heartbreaker on 90 minutes. It was a horrible way to lose and we naturally piled forward in the dying seconds, but conceded a third on the counter.”

Participants on the Football Education programme study for a BTEC Level 3 qualification in Sports Coaching, while also competing in a league against the top teams from across Southern England.

To find out more about places on the course, please contact Lead Tutor Lee Britchford on or call 01752 562561 ext.4

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