Argyle Legends vs Willand Rovers Veterans 2013

Sunday 5th May 2013


Argyle Legends made it two wins in a row when they defeated an excellent Willand Rovers Veterans side 3-2 in an entertaining game at Silver Street last Sunday.

The Legends were forced into a number of changes to complete this fixture and included guest players Neil Saunders and Kevin Hill in their line up as well as Argyle under 18 academy player Keaton Hepworth.

The game had a sensational opening when the hosts went ahead in the first minute when a long ball deceived the Legends defence and Garry Penhalligon was left helpless as the ball was hammered into the visitors net.

The Legends slowly came into the game and equalised in the 11th minute with a superb individual goal from Chris Hargreaves. Receiving the ball midway in the Rovers half, Chris jinked his way past 3 defenders before chipping the ball over the keeper from the edge of the penalty area.

A healthy crowd were being treated to an excellent game and the Legends central defenders Mark Saunders and Kevin Hill had to be at their best to keep the home side at bay.

The hard working Steve Brownlow almost put the Legends ahead in the 24th minute when his shot was well saved by the home goalkeeper.

The Legends went ahead in the 30th minute when Paul Smith powered home a brilliant header following a free kick taken by the impressive Hargreaves.

The much changed Legends side were putting in a tremendous team performance and maintained their slender lead as the whistle blew to end the first half.

The second half saw the Legends immediately under pressure and the Willand made it 2-2 in the 50th minute when the ball was stabbed home from close range.

With Hepworth proving a lively outlet at left back and Geoff Battams and Mark Rowe working tirelessly in midfield the Legends were always in the game and it was the home keeper who was the busier of the two.

With 5 minutes remaining, Hargreaves scored his second and the match winner when he rounded the goalkeeper and scored from an acute angle following a brilliant through ball from Neil Saunders.

Willand came close to scoring an equaliser and the Legends were indebted to Penhaligon, who made two crucial catches from corners as the hosts battled valiantly for an equaliser.

After the game presentations were made to Willand Rovers Manager Clive Jones who was in charge of his last home game after 15 years service.


Legends Line Up;

Garry Penhaligon,

Spencer Cooper,

Mark Saunders,

Kevin Hill,

Keaton Hepworth,

Geoff Battams,

Chris Hargreaves,

Mark Rowe,

Neil Saunders,

Steve Brownlow

and Paul Smith.