A VERY young Argyle team went down to defeat at an experienced Mousehole outfit on Wednesday night and a steep learning curve.
It was men against boys, literally, as a Pilgrim side packed with first-year apprentices and 16 year-olds conceded two early goals in the Cornish sunshine.
Mousehole made it 3-0 from the penalty spot but Argyle responded with a Scott Crocker cross narrowly eluding the run of Rubin Wilson.
Although the first period ended with a 4-0 deficit, Oliver Sidey had produced some fine saves for the Pilgrims and there was a significant improvement after the break, with the pace of Crocker causing Mousehole problems.
Some reward arrived when a weaving run from Jude Boyd ended in a foul and Wilson converted the spot-kick. Jeremiah Medine and Wilson went close to adding further goals for Argyle, but it was Mousehole who increased their lead toward the end.
The youth-team continue their pre-season preparations with another tough examination at Bideford on Saturday.
Argyle: Oliver Sidey (Morgan Coxhead ht); Charlie Elkington (Alfie Hudd 75), Ali Mansaray, Alfie Wotton, Jarvis Cleal (Mackenzie Toms 65), Jude Boyd, Charlie Miller, Jeremiah Medine, Rubin Wilson, Scott Crocker, Angel Wariuh (Matt Bartlett).