There has been much anticipation among Plymouth Argyle fans to catch a glimpse of the new faces in their reassembled squad, with no less than six new faces joining the Pilgrims since the end of last season. After a 5-1 victory away to Tavistock on Tuesday John Sheridan took his team to Calor League South side Weymouth for their second pre-season match.
The Greens fielded almost two completely different sides in either half, with Carl McHugh and captain Curtis Nelson the only men to last the 90 minutes. The side playing the first 45 minutes was in the majority a second string eleven who should have been keen to impress. In reality it was the home side who dominated possession, playing fast flowing attacking football, whilst Argyle – donning their new yellow away shirt for the first time – looked out of sorts.
The non league side deservedly took the lead with a superb 25-yard strike from Chris Shephard after Argyle lost possession deep into their own half. Nathan Thomas converted from the spot soon after as Aaron Bentley was fouled in the area, but the Greens were still looking shaky when tested in defence. Everything the League 2 side created came through Thomas who looked a class apart from not just the opposition but his own teammates as well. The other star performer was ex-Pilgrim Stuart Yetton, who scored a peach on the turn after Carl McHugh was caught in possession.
The second half saw a side which could well start on August 9th against Cambridge United, including trialist Oliver Norburn who seems to have impressed John Sheridan after his release from Bristol Rovers. Argyle were fluid going forward with the dynamic trio of Lewis Alessandra, Jason Banton and Nathan Thomas causing the home side problems. It was Alessandra and Thomas that were involved in a beautiful flowing move that created the equalizer; as Kelvin Mellor met Thomas’ cross to see the ball trickle over the line – much to the despair of the Weymouth substitute goalkeeper. There were chances that could have -and in Jason Banton’s case – should have been converted (from all of 4 yards), but that was how it ended, an entertaining match which will have left the travelling Devonians intrigued by their new signings.
Find out how the new signings looked here….