WHEN the Sky Bet League 2 fixtures computer spewed out Yeovil as Argyle’s Home Park Boxing Day opponents, the Green Army immediately anticipated welcoming a returning Pilgrim.
The Glovers’ disastrous continuing fall from grace put paid to that expectation a few weeks ago. However, Paul Sturrock’s successor at Huish Park, together with two players he took there in his short and final managerial reign – Ryan Dickson and Ben Tozer – are men with roots this side of the Blackdown Hills.
Argyle manager Derek Adams said: “They have taken in Darren Way, who is a Plymouth lad and was a season-ticket holder and he’ll be looking forward to coming here. He’ll have his team pumped up and ready to go and they will be on the front foot from the start. We will have to deal with that. They have done that in recent weeks and have come away with some positive results.
“When anybody comes back to a club they have supported or played for they want to do well and that will be the case for them all.”
Virtually the entire division separates Sky Bet League 2 table-toppers Argyle and their Westcountry neighbours, but Derek underestimates neither the visitors’ potential to spoil the day or his own side’s ability to rise above self-satisfaction.
“It will be a very good occasion,” he said. “We have performed very well over the last six months to get to the top of the league. It’s a tough league. The way we’ve gone with the squad has been very tight compared to the other teams that are around about us, and we are delighted with the progress we are making.
“There is no danger of complacency but this league is very difficult. We have seen that with a lot of teams – you look at Barnet, going away to Oxford and winning 2-0 – so you can never tell. Take nothing away from Yeovil – they have been a Championship club within the last two years and we will have to be on top of our game.”