Skipper Ready For Battle

CURTIS Nelson is eagerly anticipating a challenging battle with AFC Wimbledon's front line at the Cherry Red Records Stadium on Saturday.

On the prospect of facing AFC Wimbledon's front men, Adebayo Akinfenwa and Tom Elliot, Curtis said: "There's not many strikers who aren't a handful in this league. I think as a defender you look forward to the battle going into a game on a Saturday or Tuesday night. We're going to be expecting a challenge and I wouldn't expect anything else."

When Argyle step out onto the pitch on Saturday, it will be just over 12 weeks since Argyle's last competitive game, when dreams of a play-off final were dashed at the hands of Wycombe Wanderers. Derek Adams said earlier in the week his team were 'more than ready' for the start of the season, and Curtis echoed the managers thoughts. "Training this week has been really good," said Curtis. "We played last Friday, we had a day off to get ourselves ready for this week and then we've had a good weeks training so far.

"The players [the gaffer has] brought in have settled in really well. I think I've said it a few times before they've had no problems whatsoever, everyone's fitted in. They are really nice people as well as good players, which is a good thing.

"They've shown what they can do in the pre-season games. Obviously Jake's scored a few goals and you can see what the likes of Gregg, Graham and Gary are like. They've all given themselves a good account to the fans and definitely to the manager."

Argyle scored 18 pre-season goals, and Curtis is hopeful the scoring continues into the season: "I hope so. That's the aim of the game, to score goals. It would be nice to score a lot of goals, it doesn't matter whether we win 1-0 or 3-0, or whatever the score may be, as long as we get the three points that is the main objective."