A YOUNG Argyle side went down to a battling 1-0 defeat against an experienced Wimbledon outfit in the Central League on Tuesday afternoon.
The Pilgrims matched the Dons for long periods, despite the hosts fielding a number of regular first-team professionals in their side, including former Argyle forward Jake Jervis.
In an even first period, Alex Fletcher went close with a header for Argyle and Alex Battle was also narrowly off target with a decent effort. The only goal came just past the hour, when a driven cross deflected off Ryan Law for an unfortunate own goal.
Even after conceding, the Pilgrims continued to cause a threat at the other end and very nearly pinched a point when Dan Rooney struck the crossbar. Argyle now move on to a home against Luton Town in the Central League next week.
“Apart from the scoreline, I am delighted with the way the lads played and they will have learned so much from that game against experienced professionals,” said first-team coach Kevin Nancekivell.
“At times, our football was really good, we matched their physical strength and very unlucky not to come away with a point. We can’t be disappointed today because our young team stood up to the challenge all day.
Argyle: Michael Cooper, Harry Hodges, Ollie Tomlinson, Michael Peck, Ryan Law; Adam Randell, Dan Rooney, Tom Purrington, Aaron Goulty, Alex Fletcher, Alex Battle. Substitutes (not used): Harry Townsend (GK), Reuben Collum, Rubin Wilson, Rio Garside, Andrew Burn.