A TOUGH assignment at Bideford on the weekend ended in a 5-0 defeat for the Pilgrim youngsters.
It was always going to be difficult against a side competing in the Southern League but a useful learning exercise for Argyle, who started with 15 year-old goalkeeper Oliver Sidey and a handful of young professionals.
Bideford raced into an early two-goal lead after some mis-placed passing at the back from Argyle gifted the home side opportunities, although the second goal was a delightful finish chipped over the stranded Sidey.
Jeremiah Medine broke the lines for a chance on 20 minutes, skipping past the ‘keeper and then cutback from a tight angle but the shot by Rubin Wilson was well blocked. Tom Purrington also went close just past the half-hour.
Sidey made a fine save early in the second period to tip over the bar but nothing he could about Bideford’s third goal on the hour. Jarvis Cleal and Tomlinson forced good saves from the home custodian before the Robins completed their win with two late goals.
Argyle: Oliver Sidey (Morgan Coxhead 75); Isaac Burdon, Reuben Collum (Alfie Wotton 75), Tom Purrington, Michael Peck, Ollie Tomlinson (Ali Mansaray 75), Jarvis Cleal (Angel Wariuh 72), Cameron Sangster, Rubin Wilson, Scott Crocker (Jude Boyd 55), Jeremiah Medine. Substitute (not used): Charlie Miller.