Argyle Legends vs Weston Mill Friends & Family XI 2014
Sunday 9th March
Argyle Legends, playing their first game since last November, had to come from a goal down to beat a plucky Weston Mill Friends/Family XI by 3 goals to 1 at Weston Mill Oak Villa.
The game, played in front of an excellent crowd, got off to a sensational start when the hosts took the lead inside 30 seconds when Legends central defender Paul Edwards was penalised for a foul in the penalty area. The resultant spot kick was duly converted and Legends found themselves trailing without having touched the ball.
On a bumpy surface the Legends were finding it difficult to play their normal passing game and there was little incident to note in the first 15 minutes.
In the 17th minute the Legends equalised when Darren Garner finished at the far post after being set up by Bradley Swiggs.
The Legends wasted a glorious chance to go ahead in the 25th minute when Paul Smith's penalty was saved after David Byrne was fouled in the penalty area.
Against a well organised side the Legends were finding it difficult to create clear cut chances although the home keeper saved well from Mark Damerell and Swiggs.
Slowly but surely the Legends were getting to grips with the surface and Damerell twice and Swiggs all missed opportunities to give the Legends and half time lead.
The Legends started the second half in a positive mode and took the lead after 51 minutes when Byrne scored with a deft header. Byrnescored his second and the Legends third goal four minutes later with a fine finish from 10 yards.
The hosts were shaken by Byrne's two goal salvo and although they tried hard the Legends saw out the remainder of the game to finish 3-1 winners.
After the game a Legends spokesman said." It was great to get a game under our belts after such a long lay and credit is due to Weston Mill for making the pitch playable. It was the perfect warm up for our next game against Watford on Sunday 13th April at Home Park."
A satisfactory afternoon was was concluded when it was announced that the game had raised around £500 towards the Weston Mill Juniors Under 13 and Under 15's forthcoming football trip to Holland.
Legends Line Up
and Bradley Swiggs