Argyle Legends vs North Devon Greens 2011

Sunday 25th September

Argyle Legends returned to winning ways with an emphatic 7 - 0 victory over a spirited North Devon Greens side at Bideford AFC on Sunday 25th September.

The North Devon Greens, a supporters branch of the Pilgrims, were no match for the Legends despite fielding a different side for each half of the game.

A crowd of almost 250, many wearing Argyle colours, saw the Legends open the scoring after 5 minutes when Mark Damerell netted from close range following a great cross from Owen Pickard. The Legends were exploiting the space given by their inexperienced hosts and Damerell made in 2-0 after 17 minutes with a fine left foot shot across the home goalkeeper. Despite some resolute defending the Legends increased their lead after 32 minutes when |Kevin Nancekiville shot home following a cross from Ryan Cross. A minute before the half time interval Pickard scored the Legends 4th goal of the half.

The North Devon Greens new look side started the second half on the offensive and went close to scoring on a couple of occasions much to the delight of the home crowd. However the Legends were not to be denied and that man Pickard scored his second in the 65th minute when he made it 5-0 with another clinical finish.

The biggest cheer of the afternoon came when the North Devon Greens manager Paul Hocking replaced the injured Mark Damerell and realised a life long ambition to play Up Front with Tommy. (Tynan)

In the 68th minute Ryan Cross scored a fine individual goal beating 5 players before making it 6-0 to the Legends.

The home side were trying desperately to score and forced Ryan Draper into a magnificent save ten minutes from time when he clawed away a powerful strike from fully 25 yards.

However the final word belonged to Pickard when he completed his hat trick in the final minute to make it 7-0.

Legends Line Up;
Ryan Draper,
Geoff Battams,
Paul Smith,
Chris Harrison (Spencer Cooper H/T),
Leigh Cooper,
Kevin Nancekiville,
Ryan Cross,
Mark Rowe,
Owen Pickard,
Mark Damerell and
Tommy Tynan.

It was announced after the game that £850 had been raised for Devon Air Ambulance.