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Argyle @ Cheltenham - the Line-Up

Clarke and Rudden Paired Up Front; Canavan Back In, Too

26 December 2019

FORWARD Billy Clarke was handed a first Argyle Sky Bet League start as a Pilgrim in Boxing Day's visit to Cheltenham Town.

Clarke was one of three changes to the Pilgrims' side, paired with recalled Zak Rudden in a new-look strike pairing at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

Niall Canavan was also back in the centre of the three-man back line, with Josh Grant moving forward to take the holding midfield role from Joe Edwards.

Byron Moore and George Cooper continued in the wing-back roles as the Pilgrims began the first of three games in six days.

Cheltenham were captained by former Argyle Academy player Ben Tozer, but ex-Pilgrim Reuben Reid was unavailable because of injury.

Cheltenham Town (5-3-2): 1 Scott Flinders; 2 Sean Long, 5 Charlie Raglan, 4 Ben Tozer (capt), 26 Jacon Greaves, 3 Chris Hussey; 11 Ryan Brook, 8 Chris Celements, 21 Jake Doyle-Hayles; 16 Alex Addai, 20 Gavin Reilly. Substitutes: 7 Conor Thomas, 14 Max Sheaf, 15 Will Boyle, 17 Josh Debayo, 19 George Lloyd, 23 Rohan Ince, 31 Freddie Lapworth (gk).

Argyle (3-5-2): 24 Alex Palmer; 5 Scott Wootton, 6 Niall Canavan, 3 Gary Sawyer (capt); 17 Byron Moore, 7 Antoni Sarcevic, 25 Josh Grant, 10 Danny Mayor, 32 George Cooper; 39 Zak Rudden, 18 Billy Clarke. Substitutes: 1 Mike Cooper (gk); 2 Joe Riley, 8 Joe Edwards, 11 Dom Telford, 15 Conor Grant, 16 Joel Grant, 20 Adam Randell.


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