Straight From The Training Ground

BARNET were left to pick up the pieces after Argyle’s training-ground work came to fruition at Barnet.

Three set-piece goals, after Rhys Griffiths’ early penalty, set the Pilgrims on their way to a 4-1 win at Underhill, as Max Blanchard, Paris Cowan-Hall and Luke Young all found the net.

First, Max headed home Alex MacDonald’s 11th-minute corner.

Manager Carl Fletcher said: “We work quite hard on our set-pieces and probably haven’t scored the goals that we would have liked. I’m delighted for him to get one today.

“He’s only 5ft 11in – he’ll probably tell you he’s 6ft 1in – but he gets up well and times it well and you can see how many headers he does win.”

Macca was also provider for Paris’s goal just after the hour, which put the Pilgrims 3-1 up. This time, the goal came from a free-kick at which Paris rose well to head home.

“Paris is always a danger,” said Fletch.

“He’s only 5ft 8in, but he’s got a great leap on him and we knew, when we signed him, he would be a danger at set-pieces.

“It was a great ball in from Mac, who wasn’t feeling very well before the game and was really struggling.”

Youngy capped a fine display in the centre of midfield alongside Conor Hourihane with a last-minute free-kick that gave for Argyle goalkeeper Graham Stack, in the Bees’ goal, no chance.

“I thought Conor and Youngy were great today,” said Fletch.

“In every game they play, they are growing in stature. We know they have got the quality on the ball; they are learning the game and were really solid today.”