Legends suffer at hands of five star Villa
ARGYLE Legends have some work to do before their upcoming clash with their Manchester United counterparts after losing 5-0 to Elburton Vets at Haye Road.
The Pilgrims host the Red Devils greats in a charity match at Home Park next Saturday.
United's visit forms part of a series of events involving the Old Trafford outfit next weekend, including a team golf day at the China Fleet Club.
The Argyle Legends' defeat was as surprising as it was emphatic with the Greens, defending a six-match unbeaten run, being outplayed in every department.
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Indeed, if it was not for the brilliance of goalkeeper Rhys Wilmot, who was outstanding, Argyle's defeat would have been heavier.
Wilmot had no chance with Elburton's opening goal on 17 minutes, with the hosts scoring after Darren Tallon had given away a penalty.
Elburton doubled their lead seven minutes later, albeit with a hotly-disputed goal, just as the Legends were striving to get a foothold in the game.
With the assistant referee flagging for offside before the ball crossed the line, the goal was allowed to stand and Argyle suddenly found themselves in an unfamiliar, losing position.
Matters got worse for the Legends when they conceded a third a minute before half-time.
Argyle made changes with Spencer Cooper replacing the injured Darren Garner before half-time.
However, the second period continued in much the same vein with the hosts dictating the play and it came as no surprise when livewire striker Mark Conday made it 4-0 to the hosts in the 60th minute.
Thereafter the Legends were playing only for pride and to their credit, were unlucky to concede a fifth.
Argyle Legends (v Elburton): Rhys Wilmot, Geoff Battams, Darren Tallon, Ryan Cross, Leigh Cooper, David Byrne (Paul Smith 70 mins), Darren Garner (Spencer Cooper h-t), Mark Rowe, Mark Damerell, Tommy Tynan and Marcus Crocker
TICKETS for the Manchester United Legends match at Home Park next Saturday (3pm) cost £10 for adults and £5 for children, and are available from the Argyle box office and www.greentaverners.co.uk
The Taverners' mobile retail unit will be selling match tickets and commemorative merchandise – also available from the Argyle club shop – outside the Life Centre from 6am tomorrow.
"We would like to say a massive thank you to Cllr Tudor Evans and Cllr Peter Smith, who have helped to get permission for us to open this for the Olympic Torch Relay," said Taverner Mark Russell.
Or for more about the golf day, or to book your place, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Damon Lenszner on 07875 094609.
United's Legends are likely to include greats such as Alex Stepney, Arthur Albiston, Paddy Crerand, Jimmy Greenhoff and Frank Stapleton.