Writer: Ian De-Lar
Date:Tuesday July 22 2014
A stalemate against Torquay lacked excitement but did provide a good test for the Argyle squad.
The main aim of pre-season friendly games is for the players to get match fit and get used to the team shape and tactics, so the match against Torquay was mission accomplished, however there's a small concern that the team isn't quite firing on all cylinders just yet.
The first half line-up is the expected first 11 that will play in the opening League Two fixture against Cambridge: McCormick, Mellor, Nelson, Hartley, McHugh, Smalley, Norburn, Cox, Smalley, Reid, Alessandra.
It's fair to say Argyle dominated possession with Cox and Norburn seeing lots of the ball, however clear cut chances were at a premium with players reluctant to shoot. Banton was the pick of the team for the first half, often cutting inside and running across the edge of the area although sometimes he could have released the ball to a team mate in a better position.
New signing Ollie Norburn also had an excellent half, playing simple passes short and long and formed a good partnership with Lee Cox despite only playing together for the first time.
Former Argyle player Luke Young was largely anonymous for Torquay but did have a shot late in the half that McCormick did well to save.
The second half was very different with the entertainment factor dropping alarmingly, not helped by a raft of substitutions from both sides, only Hartley, Alessandra and Nelson played the full 90 minutes for the Greens.
It was Argyle sub Marvin Morgan who had the best chance but somehow shot over from six yards out.
Torquay were the better team for the second half, helped by an improved Young and gave the Argyle defence a good test.
Of the new players Hartley and Norburn impressed the most. Hartley is not the tallest centre-back but he`s a ball winner. Norburn is a no fuss midfielder, able to pick a pass.
The two new full backs, Mellor and McHugh, rarely ventured forward.
Overall, a good work out, the eight new players are starting to gel and grounds for optimism for the season ahead.
Date:Tuesday July 22 2014
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