Football enthusiast and SU:Media reporter Charlie Bertram reports on the Plymouth Argyle v Morecambe United match.
Energetic Plymouth take home modest one goal victory over 15th place Morecambe United, putting them seven points into second place.
It was end to end play right from kick-off as each team fought to draw first blood. Fans only had to wait 16 minutes before Carey fired a long-range strike into the top right corner from outside the box, leaving Morecambe keeper Roche stood unflinching as the ball sailed into his net. It’s the number 10’s 13th goal this season; which could go down as his best.
Morecambe seemed physically stronger as they barged Plymouth of the ball repeatedly, but it was the home side's determination that shone through as they managed to fire 20 shots off throughout the game compared to the visitor’s 5.
Morecambe weren’t without their chances as they started the second half aggressively. For a moment it seemed like they might claw one back, but Argyle’s defence remained strong enough to deter a single shot from landing on target for the entire 90 minutes. The closest they came was in the 65th minute when a cross-cum-shot made its way safely into Plymouth goalie and captain McCormick’s eager hands. Shortly after, Molyneux smashed a left-footed shot just wide of the post. The away-team simply lacked confidence in front of goal while Plymouth were quick to take advantage of their loose ends.
Goal scorer Carey has now been involved in 25 of Plymouth’s 58 league goals, with 12 goals and 13 assists making for a 48% participation rate. Not too shabby.
Despite taking home a valuable 3 points, Plymouth fans might be disappointed by the low-scoring game after their team’s passionate performance. This win puts them 7 points ahead of Portsmouth, who lost 3-0 against 4th place Stevenage, and 6 points behind table-toppers Doncaster.