Ex Marks the Spot

ARGYLE'S bid for a hat-trick of county titles begins at Exmouth in September.

The Pilgrims, who retained the Edenvale Turf Ltd. Devon St Luke's Challenge Cup in May when they beat Witheridge, will begin the defence of the trophy at another South West Peninsula League Premier Division side, Exmouth Town.

The first-round game will take place at Exmouth's King George V Playing Field, Southern Road, on Wednesday, September 28.

The two teams last met in a Cup second-round tie in October 2014, when Deane Smalley scored a hat-trick for Argyle in a 4-1 win. 

The winners will be away to Cullompton Rangers in the quarter-finals.

Argyle lifted the Cup for a second successive season when they beat Witheridge in a penalty shoot-out after 0-0 draw.

Edenvale Turf Ltd. Devon St Luke's Challenge Cup, first round: Bideford v Torquay United, Buckland Athletic v Exeter City, Town v Tavistock, Barnstaple Town v Willand Rovers, Exmouth Town v Argyle, Plymouth Parkway v Witheridge.

Quarter-finals: Barnstaple or Willand v Buckland or Exeter, Cullompton Rangers v Exmouth or Argyle, Plymouth Parkway or Witheridge v Ivybridge Town, Bideford or Torquay v Tiverton or Tavistock.