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Argyle 3 Cambridge 2

Pilgrims Continue Winning Start to Merit League

22 February 2019

ARGYLE'S fine start in the EFL Merit League 2 continued with this hard-fought victory, played at Callington Town's Ginsters Marshfield Parc, making it six points from two games after the win at Cheltenham last weekend.

Hard-fought because Argyle gifted Cambridge two goals each time they had established a two-goal lead to leave themselves having to doggedly defend their slender lead in the final 11 minutes of an entertaining game.

Argyle started well, with young striker Rhys Shirley bursting into the area after just five minutes, only to shoot wide when put under pressure by the U's defence.

The home side were in control of the game but it took them until the 28th minute to open their account. Rio Garside was fouled on the angle of the area and U's goalkeeper Chris Chadwick could only divert Adam Randell's fierce free-kick inside his near post.

It was 2-0 on 41 minutes, when Shirley pulled the ball back for Garside who was hauled down by Tom Dickens and it was the Argyle midfielder who pick himself up to confidently convert the subsequent penalty.

The young Pilgrims started the second half brightly with Tom Purrington and Garside both going close before the U's pulled a goal back on 59 minutes. A low drive by Darcy Blake was fumbled by Harry Townsend for Josh Brays to fire home amidst a furious goalmouth scramble.

Argyle took just a minute to re-establish their two-goal lead courtesy of a rare header from Garside that looped over Chadwick and into the net.

It was an error between Townsend and his defence that left Blake with room to steer the ball home from close range and leave the Greens with a nervous end to the game.

Argyle: Harry Townsend, Michael Peck, Ollie Tomlinson, Tom Purrington, Andy Burn, Adam Randell, Rio Garside, Finley Craske, Scott Crocker (Rubin Wilson 73), Rhys Shirley (Oscar Massey 90) Reuben Collum (Alfie Wotton 66). Substitutes (not used): Tyler Coombes, Charlie Miller.

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