Argyle Legends vs Team Kerswell.Com 2012

Sunday 19th February

Argyle Legends made it three games without defeat when they drew 1-1 with Team Kerswell.Com in their latest fixture at Haye Road, Elburton, in a game hastily arranged to raise funds for terminally ill local girl Gemma Kerswell. Gemma was taken ill on a holiday to Orlando and incurred hospital bills of £5,000.
The Legends welcomed back John Uzzell and Jason Rowbotham after lengthy injuries whilst available again David Byrne was part of an impressive looking substitutes bench which also included Leigh Cooper and Chris Harrison.
The early exchanges of the game were fairly even and it was soon apparent that the collection of local footballers put together by Team Kerswell.Com were well organised and had a strong spine to their team. The Legends gradually got their passing game going but spurned several opportunities by over elaborating in the final third and fell behind in the 38th minute when a cross from the left deceived the Legends defence and was converted from close range. With Chris Harrison on for the injured Jason Rowbotham the Legends went in search of an equaliser but were thwarted by a well marshaled defence.
At the start of the second half Leigh Cooper replaced the tiring John Uzzell as the Legends went in search of an early goal and equalised in the 47th minute when Tommy Tynan headed home a pinpoint cross from the impressive Harrison. The heavy pitch was started to take its' toll on the Legends and Paul Smith replaced the injured Darren Garner in the 52nd minute. Two minutes later Marcus Crocker succumbed to the conditions and was replaced by David Byrne. These changes upset the Legends rhythm and keeper Garry Penhaligon was forced to make two fine saves as the home team pressed forward. The Legends responded and almost went ahead in the 72nd minute when Paul Smiths' shot was brilliantly saved by the home keeper.
As the game entered the last 10 minutes both sides spurned chances to win the game and a draw was probably the right result on the day.
Legends Line Up;
Garry Penhaligon;
Geoff Battams (Spencer Cooper) 60 mins;
Jason Rowbotham (Chris Harrison) 30 mins;
Darren Tallon;
John Uzzell (Leigh Cooper) 46 mins;
Darren Garner (Paul Smith) 52 mins;
Ryan Cross;
Mark Rowe;
Mark Damerell;
Tommy Tynan;
Marcus Crocker (David Byrne) 54 mins.