Friends Reunited

ARGYLE skipper Gary Sawyer is looking forward to coming up against good friend Luke McCormick during Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two fixture against Swindon Town.

Argyle will visit the Energy Check County Ground for the second time in a week, following on from their resounding 3-0 win in the Southern Group F fixture on Tuesday evening. Sawyer will line up opposite long-standing friend and former Argyle goalkeeper McCormick, who is Swindon’s current first-choice stopper.

Having both played the lion’s share of their careers on the green grass of Home Park, it promises to be a surreal experience – although not the first.

Sawyer returned to Home Park, between two Argyle spells, with Leyton Orient in the first Round of the League Cup in the 2014-15 season. The O’s won the tie on penalties, although not before Gary’s penalty was saved by McCormick in the shoot-out.

“I haven’t played against him loads,” said Gaz. “I think the last time I played against him he saved my penalty, but I will let him have that one, thought it was better for him and his confidence!”

Although not known for his goals, Sawyer is extremely keen to notch one past his old mate, and, after coming close a number of times on Tuesday night, he heads to Wiltshire full of confidence.

“It’s great, I will see Luke after, and it’s always great to see Luke because I’m really close with him,” said Sawyer. “He’s probably the main keeper in the league that I would like to score against, more than any, given the penalty miss that I never seem to hear the last of.”

Gary does believe that a goal is coming, having come close a number of times in recent matches. Although he was frustrated not to see his name on the scoresheet, he does not think that he could have done much more.

“It was a good ball from Sarce [Antoni Sarcevic], so I don’t overly know if I can do any more than that because I’m not a striker, but I just catch it as well as I can” Sawyer said.

“Unfortunately, it’s just not going over the line for me, because obviously the one on Saturday [against Scunthorpe] in my eyes looks like it is going in, but Will [Aimson] pokes it in. So, it’s just one of those things.”