Willand Rovers took their bow from the Devon St Lukes Bowl for this season when they went down 3-0 at home to a youthful and skillful Plymouth Argyle XI writes Kerry Miller.
Argyle’s squad were in the middle of a run of four matches in five days having won 5-1 in the Peninsula League on Tuesday at Launceston and before Friday’s home game with Saltash United and Saturday morning’s youth game with Swindon Town. It seemed not to be a problem as they and Rovers played some fast paced football which entertained the crowd of 81 at a mizzly Silver Street. Rovers only have themselves to blame for the defeat as they had chances in the first half with Ben Bickle side-footing wide then rad Ausden going on a determined run only to be denied by 18 year old Micheal Cooper in the Argyle goal who was faultless all night. Argyle responded with Mike Searle keeping out Rio Garside before Ausden was again through after a defensive mistake but Cooper again somehow saved from point blank range. Argyle took the lead on the half hour when Cameron Sangster’s fine cross was put away by teenager Alex Battle, who stood out all evening and it could have been two when Adam Randell’s curler hit the post. The visitors continued to dominate after that until Glenn Gould flashed a header just wide just before the break.
Searle kept his side in the game with a flying tip over from the impressive Battle and repeated the dose minutes later but the reprieve was short lived as lanky Greek striker Klaidi Lolos doubled the lead with a crisp finish just before the hour. The 17 year old made it three ten minutes later driving a shot under Searle to give his side a second round tie at Exmouth Town. Willand played their part with Ben Allen, Glen Gould and Josh Searle showing up well and they now look to Saturday when they entertain Hengrove Athletic in the Toolstation League Premier Division.
Toolstation Western League