Goals from Troy Brown and Josh Payne were enough to give Aldershot an opening-day victory at Plymouth Argyle.

Centre-back Brown put the Shots ahead inside five minutes at Home Park, heading in Anthony Tonkin's free-kick.

And Payne doubled the advantage shortly after half time, despatching from the penalty spot after Michael Rankine had been fouled in the box.

Plymouth midfielder Conor Hourihane came closest to a goal for the hosts, shooting just over from 20 yards.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Plymouth Argyle manager Carl Fletcher told BBC Radio Devon:

"Goals changed the game for us today, we didn't cut the mistakes and it cost us.

"Overall the lads worked really hard, we had plenty of chances, and we just could not get that ball in the back of the net.

"I think they (Aldershot) have changed a lot since last season, they are a lot more physical and it was hard work.

"When you play in League Two it's important you don't give away free-kicks, it's just a chance for a team to get a ball in your box and I was disappointed by the way we dealt with that and the penalty."

Aldershot boss Dean Holdsworth told BBC Surrey:

"It was fantastic to come here and give a performance and the win is fantastic for us, and the team will grow in confidence. We came here with a plan and were very strong and solid.

"You have to play the crowd and be the gladiators in the coliseum, so to speak, and I thought we handled it with great experience and maturity.

"The first goal was a fantastic delivery by Tonkin and header by Troy Brown and it gave our fans a real lift and we grew in stature during the game."

Catch up with all the latest highlights from League Two on the Football League Show

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Plymouth

  • 01 Cole
  • 04 Blanchard
  • 05 Purse Booked
  • 14 Bhasera
  • 17 Nelson
  • 06 Hourihane
  • 15 Wotton Booked
  • 27 Gurrieri (Cowan-Hall - 73' )
  • 28 Gorman (Young - 59' )
  • 09 Chadwick
  • 21 Lecointe (Feeney - 73' )

Substitutes

  • 20 Gilmartin
  • 03 Williams
  • 08 Young
  • 18 Soukouna
  • 19 Lennox
  • 07 Cowan-Hall
  • 11 Feeney

Aldershot

  • 21 Young
  • 02 Herd
  • 03 Tonkin
  • 04 Morris
  • 05 Brown
  • 07 Rodman
  • 23 Bradley
  • 08 Payne Booked (Cooksley - 90' )
  • 17 Mekki (Berqvrst - 70' )
  • 09 Rankine
  • 20 Reid (Anderson - 86' )

Substitutes

  • 29 Morris
  • 16 Berqvrst
  • 24 Anderson
  • 30 Cooksley
  • 33 Roberts
  • 19 Connolly
  • 27 Madjo
Ref: Hooper
Att: 7,020

Match Stats

Shots

13 2

On target

6 2

Corners

3 3

Fouls

14 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:40 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +3:27

Unfair challenge on Sonny Bradley by Darren Purse results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jamie Young.

90:00 +2:26 Substitution

Substitution Josh Payne leaves the field to be replaced by Harry Cooksley.

90:00 +1:45

Onismor Bhasera takes a shot. Jamie Young makes a save.

89:12

Free kick taken by Ben Herd.

89:12 Booking

Booking The referee books Paul Wotton for unsporting behaviour.

89:05

Paul Wotton concedes a free kick for a foul on Myles Anderson.

85:13 Substitution

Substitution Myles Anderson comes on in place of Craig Reid.

82:25

Doug Bergqvist gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Wotton. Jake Cole takes the direct free kick.

81:57

Paris Cowan-Hall takes a shot. Anthony Tonkin gets a block in.

76:14

Sonny Bradley is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick crossed right-footed by Paul Wotton.

73:54

Sonny Bradley challenges Warren Feeney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jake Cole.

72:05 Substitution

Substitution Matt Lecointe leaves the field to be replaced by Warren Feeney.

72:05 Substitution

Substitution Paris Cowan-Hall replaces Andres Gurrieri.

72:05 Booking

Booking Darren Purse goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

71:49

Darren Purse gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Rankine. Ben Herd restarts play with the free kick.

69:18 Substitution

Substitution (Aldershot) makes a substitution, with Doug Bergqvist coming on for Adam Mekki.

68:23

Michael Rankine challenges Onismor Bhasera unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jake Cole.

67:12

Corner taken by Paul Wotton from the left by-line to the near post, Aaron Morris manages to make a clearance.

65:52

Long range shot from Luke Young misses to the left of the target.

64:03

Paul Wotton crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Jamie Young.

64:03 Booking

Booking Josh Payne goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

63:57

Josh Payne challenges Matt Lecointe unfairly and gives away a free kick.

60:56

Conor Hourihane takes a shot. Blocked by Troy Brown. Corner taken by Paul Wotton from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Sonny Bradley. Shot from just outside the penalty area by Conor Hourihane misses to the left of the target.

59:57

Conor Hourihane is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jamie Young restarts play with the free kick.

58:08

Jamie Young restarts play with the free kick.

58:08 Substitution

Substitution Luke Young replaces Johnny Gorman.

58:08

Andres Gurrieri gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Josh Payne.

57:46

Michael Rankine gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darren Purse. Jake Cole takes the direct free kick.

57:07

Maxime Blanchard fouled by Michael Rankine, the ref awards a free kick. Jake Cole takes the direct free kick.

54:10

Shot on goal by Conor Hourihane from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

53:18 Goal scored

Goal! - Josh Payne - Plymouth 0 - 2 Aldershot Josh Payne scores a placed penalty. Plymouth 0-2 Aldershot.

52:17

Unfair challenge on Michael Rankine by Maxime Blanchard results in a Penalty.

50:32

Foul by Conor Hourihane on Aaron Morris, free kick awarded. Ben Herd takes the free kick.

48:29

Conor Hourihane takes a shot. Sonny Bradley gets a block in.

47:55

Adam Mekki concedes a free kick for a foul on Matt Lecointe. Direct free kick taken by Onismor Bhasera.

46:58

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Rankine on Darren Purse. Jake Cole takes the direct free kick.

46:29

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nick Chadwick on Sonny Bradley. Free kick taken by Ben Herd.

45:15

Unfair challenge on Alex Rodman by Andres Gurrieri results in a free kick. Ben Herd takes the direct free kick.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +1:44 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +1:27

The assistant referee signals for offside against Craig Reid. Jake Cole restarts play with the free kick.

44:16

Conor Hourihane has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.

43:44

The ball is swung over by Johnny Gorman, clearance made by Troy Brown.

43:18

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nick Chadwick by Sonny Bradley. Paul Wotton takes the direct free kick.

42:16

Unfair challenge on Josh Payne by Conor Hourihane results in a free kick. Jamie Young takes the direct free kick.

40:34

Foul by Nick Chadwick on Aaron Morris, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Anthony Tonkin.

33:36

Craig Reid takes a shot. Clearance by Maxime Blanchard. Corner taken short by Anthony Tonkin.

29:43

Foul by Maxime Blanchard on Michael Rankine, free kick awarded. Anthony Tonkin crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel. The referee blows for offside against Craig Reid. Indirect free kick taken by Jake Cole.

26:21

Corner taken right-footed by Paul Wotton from the left by-line, save by Jamie Young.

23:16

Unfair challenge on Conor Hourihane by Troy Brown results in a free kick. Shot comes in from Paul Wotton from the free kick. Volleyed left-footed shot by Matt Lecointe. Save by Jamie Young.

20:33

Andres Gurrieri takes a shot. Save by Jamie Young.

17:43

Michael Rankine takes a shot. Blocked by Maxime Blanchard. Corner taken by Anthony Tonkin played to the near post, clearance by Curtis Nelson. Corner taken left-footed by Anthony Tonkin from the right by-line to the near post, Craig Reid concedes a free kick for a foul on Onismor Bhasera. Jake Cole restarts play with the free kick.

14:00

Andres Gurrieri produces a left-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.

10:46

Foul by Michael Rankine on Paul Wotton, free kick awarded. Jake Cole takes the free kick.

10:17

Nick Chadwick has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.

8:33

Free kick awarded for a foul by Josh Payne on Matt Lecointe. Paul Wotton takes the direct free kick.

7:13

Matt Lecointe is ruled offside. Jamie Young takes the indirect free kick.

4:27

The assist for the goal came from Anthony Tonkin.

4:27 Goal scored

Goal! - Troy Brown - Plymouth 0 - 1 Aldershot Troy Brown finds the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Plymouth 0-1 Aldershot.

4:06

Foul by Onismor Bhasera on Adam Mekki, free kick awarded. Anthony Tonkin crosses the ball in from the free kick,

2:59

Johnny Gorman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Troy Brown. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Young.

1:02

Nick Chadwick challenges Ben Herd unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ben Herd.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

Live data and text provided by our data suppliers