Argyle Legends vs Lopes Vets 2011

Sunday May 8th

A severely depleted Argyle Legends side were desperately unlucky to lose by the odd goal in seven to a well organised and competitive Lopes Vets side in their latest fixture played at Weston Mill Oak Villas' ground.

The Legends without 5 regulars and supplemented by three guest players lost to a penalty 3 minutes from time to a team undefeated in three years.

The Legends defending an unbeaten 5 match record starting promisingly with Darren Garner and Mark Rowe prompting well from midfield. With Jason Rowbotham and Darren Tallon in commanding form at the back the Legends were playing some delightful football but goalscoring chances were at a premium.

The Legends went ahead in the 22nd minute when Darren Garner scored his fourth goal in two games, driving the ball high into the net from just inside the penalty area.

The home side were always a threat on the break and equalised in the 36th minute when Tony Hendy capitalised on a misplaced place out of defence and fired into bottom corner of the Legends net.

There was no further scoring as the first half ended with honours even at 1 - 1.

The Legends started the second half with Mark Damerell and guest player Rhys Cunningham switching positions and it was Cunningham who put the Legends 2 - 1 ahead in the 50th minute with a cool finish from close range.

On the hour Jason Rowbotham sustained a groin strain and took no further part in the game and whilst the Legends were reorganising the Lopes Vets scored twice in two minutes to turn the game on its' head to lead 3 - 2.

With 20 minutes remaining the game was becoming stretched with chances created and missed and both ends before Darren Garner drew the Legends level with his second and the Legends third in the 73rd minute.

With the game entering it's closing stages Legends goalkeeper Peter Foxwell was adjudged to have fouled a Lopes forward and the home side scored from the resultant penalty.

With virtually the last kick of the game the Legends almost equalised when Tommy Tynans' shot was saved on the goal line after a Darren Tallon free kick had crashed against the upright.

On the positive side the Legends are delighted to have played their part in raising £400 for the NSPCC.

Legends Line Up:
Peter Foxwell,
Spencer Cooper,
Darren Tallon,
Jason Rowbotham,
Geoff Battams,
Andy Bacon,
Mark Rowe,
Darren Garner,
Mark Damerell,
Rhys Cunningham
and Tommy Tynan.
Substitute Mark Cunningham replaced Jason Rowbotham.