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Draw and a Defeat

ARGYLE came away from their weekend of football with a draw against Bodmin in the Peninsula League and a defeat for a very young side in the Youth Alliance at Oxford, but the pill obviously sweetened by a fine first-team win at Oldham.

Dan Rooney and Jake Jervis were among the goals as Argyle got their weekend up and running with a 2-2 South West Peninsula League draw on Friday.

Rooney equalised with header after Bodmin had opened the Premier Division scoring at Priory Park through Ethan Phillips.

A Jervis penalty two minutes into the second half put the Pilgrims in front, but Bodmin levelled midway through the half to claim a share of the points.

Argyle: Harry Townsend; Harry Hodges, Jakub Sokolik, Harry Downing, Ryan Law; Tom Purrington, Dan Rooney, Matt Ward; Jake Jervis, Klaidi Lolos, Gregg Wylde.

An Argyle side which included several under-16 players in its ranks finished their EFL Youth Alliance League South West Division programme with their second highest defeat of the season.

Only last October’s crushing defeat at Bournemouth was worse than this defeat in Oxfordshire, with the Pilgrims shipping three goals in the opening half-hour, and a fourth from a second half United penalty.

Academy Manager Phil Stokes said: “We were punished for poor defending and although we improved in the second half the result was already in the bag for Oxford.”

The Academy must now await confirmation of who they will be playing in the Merit League Two.

Argyle: Harry Townsend, Ollie Tomlinson, Reuben Collum (Jude Boyd 45), Andrew Burn, Elliott Crawford, Michael Peck (Joe Seery 70), Adam Randell, Rio Garside, Billy Craske, Aaron Goulty, Luke Jephcott (Rubin Wilson 80).