ACADEMY Director Kevin Hodges fielded a very young side in Argyle's second EFL Youth Alliance League game of the season that ultimately ended in defeat at Forest Green.
The squad included four players who took part in the Northern Ireland Super Cup just over a week ago, leaving Hodges to say: "It's a learning curve for the youngsters.”
The teams had to battle hard against a very strong wind and play was scrappy in the opening period. Argyle were the first to show with Oscar Halls, who was making his under-18 debut, sending an overhead kick narrowly wide of the home goal.
Rovers came strong in the final 15 minutes of the half, with Tyler Coombes making a good save before a long-range effort cannoned back off his crossbar.
The home side made the breakthrough three minutes before the break, as a shot from just inside the box took a wicked deflection to wrong foot Coombes.
The second half saw Jude Boyd have his fierce shot saved before Rovers added their second on the hour.
Boyd then had a goalbound effort deflected wide before Rubin Wilson forced a good save from the Rovers 'keeper, but it was one of those days when Argyle were not going to find the back of the net.
Argyle: Tyler Coombes, Alfie Hudd (Carlo Garside 72), Reuben Collum, Isaac Burden, Brandon Pursall, Jude Boyd, Oscar Halls, Charlie Elkington, Rubin Wilson, Jeremiah Medine (Rhys Shirley ht), Mckenzie Toms (Harvey Taylor 80). Substitute (not used): Harry Townsend.