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Swindon Town Under 18s 2 Argyle 0

4 December 2016

A VERY young Argyle side put up a good display in Wiltshire before suffering their second EFL Youth Alliance League defeat in the last four days.

Midfielder Josh Richards was the only second year apprentice in the side, with the rest of the squad made up of first years and under-16s, but although an inexperienced Pilgrims line-up played well, they lose to two fine Swindon strikes. 

"This was a good chance to evaluate our younger players," said Academy Manager Kevin Hodges, "and to be honest they came out of the game with credit from a very pleasing performance.

"Two shots from the edge of the area brought Swindon their goals, in the 29th and 83rd minutes; unfortunately that was the only time we didn't get tight enough to them.

"It was a good game in which we played well, and fashioned chances of our own, but it was disappointing to concede such a late goal when we were pushing to get back on level terms."

Young striker Luke Jephcott had a chance in each half, as did Michael Peck and Aaron Goulty but it was one of those days when the luck had deserted the young Pilgrims.

The under-16s also travelled to Swindon and they lost a thriller 7-5, with Mani Skett helping himself to a hat-trick.

Argyle: Michael Cooper, Harry Hodges, Cameron Sangster, Harry Downing, Elliott Crawford, Josh Richards, Michael Peck, Matt Ward, Luke Jephcott, Aaron Goulty, Rio Garside (Sam Morgan 75). Substitutes not used: Harry Townsend, Billy Craske.


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