Date: 18th July 2015 at 8:04pm
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Argyle had another good pre-season workout in a 3-1 win over Bideford at the Sports Ground.

Jake Jervis scored two and partner Ryan Brunt notched another although Bideford were unlucky not to at least draw the game and only some fine saves from Luke McCormick kept Bideford at bay.

Manager Derek Adams, fresh from an informative Question and Answer session before the game, employed a 4-2-1-3 formation.
Aaron Bentley and Ben Purrington occupied the full back positions, Curtis Nelson and Peter Hartley were in their usual position of centre-back while Lee Cox and Josh Simpson sat deep in midfield.
Graham Carey had a free role behind the front free of Gregg Wylde on the left, Jake Jervis on the right and Ryan Brunt through the middle.

The Greens had the perfect start when Wylde raced down the left wing and crossed to Jervis who finished to make it 1-0.

The emphasis for Argyle was to move the ball quickly and attack but on a bobbly, uneven pitch with long grass a lot of passes went astray.

Only some good goalkeeping from McCormick kept Argyle in the game.

For the second Adams switched to a 4-4-2 formation with Carey playing on the right although he often cut inside.

Brunt headed in from a Carey corner before Downing deservedly pulled a goal back for Bideford a few minutes later.

Reuben Reid played the last 27 minutes which was a huge boost to the team, Jervis wrapped up the win with a late penalty.

Overall it was another good fitness workout and a chance for the team to try out different formations.
Carey was fairly anonymous for most of the first half but did see a lot of the ball during the second half.
Wylde started well but was in and out of the game, he doesn’t track back much so if he’s not beating the full back and crossing he could become a passenger.
If these two are not playing well the attacking options become limited.

Bentley struggled at right-back, his distribution was off-target, however he manfully stuck to his task.
Simpson had another quiet game in midfield, he could be one of those players you don’t notice but does his job well for the team.

Upfront Jervis and Brunt were among the goals again and Jervis is a very good signing, able to provide everything a striker needs – pace, strength, height and a focal point for the team.
Lee Cox got some much needed minutes in his legs and McCormick proved once again how good a keeper he is.

Well played Bideford.