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Report: Reserves beaten in first Central League game

11 September 2018

New Cheltenham Town manager Michael Duff watched some of his new squad in action in the Central League this afternoon.

The new Robins boss saw a team composed almost entirely of professional players beaten 1-3 by Plymouth Argyle at the training ground despite having taken a 1-0 first half lead.

The result was harsh on the Cheltenham team who created plenty of chances early in the game but faded towards the end of the second half an conceded three quick goals to finish on the losing side.

The Cheltenham team contained new signing Craig Alcock in his first outing for the club at right back and alongside him in the centre of defence was second year scholar Ioan Richards, making his first start in the Central League.

Cheltenham hit the Plymouth crossbar twice in the first half before Liam McAlinden gave them a 38th minute lead with a headed goal from a corner taken by Chris Clements.

At the start of the second half the Plymouth goalkeeper kept his team in it with a fine double save from first McAlinden then Tom Smith but the game turned on its head with 15 minutes to go.

Plymouth striker Ryan Taylor scored the equaliser from close range after a shot from Dan Rooney had rebounded off a post and Taylor grabbed a second only a minute later, netting a far post tap-in after a cross from Ruben Lamerias had evaded goalkeeper Rhys Lovett.

Ten minutes from time substitute Alex Fletcher ran onto a through ball and beat Lovett with a low shot.

CHELTENHAM TOWN (4-4-2): Lovett; Alcock (Brennan 75), Richards, Bower, Debayo; Addai, Thomas, Clements, Smith; Kalala (Price 75), McAlinden. Other subs: Lapworth (Gk), Handley

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