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Stevenage 1-2 Plymouth Argyle

Plymouth Argyle climbed into the League Two automatic promotion places with a win at struggling Stevenage.

The plucky Pilgrims took full advantage of Crewe's slip-up at Scunthorpe United to move into the top three - whilst Boro dropped back to the foot of the table.

Both sides had early chances to take the lead with the hosts forcing Argyle keeper Alex Palmer into a top save through Jake Cassidy before Antoni Sarcevic's shot trickled wide at the other end.

Argyle hit the front in the 47th minute as Byron Moore coolly finished after being played through by George Cooper.

The match was disrupted in the second half as the ground was plunged into darkness following a floodlight failure.

After the restart, Palmer produced a fine stop to tip Charlie Carter's strike onto the crossbar and keep the visitors ahead.

New boy Ryan Hardie bagged his third goal in as many games as he rounded Paul Farman in the Stevenage goal before firing home in the 77th minute.

Carter pulled one back for Boro with eight minutes to go as he nodded home off the post but Argyle held on.

Graham Westley's men are now a point from safety after Morecambe drew with Cambridge United.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Stevenage

  • 1Farman
  • 2Wildin
  • 4Digby
  • 31Nugent
  • 3Stokes
  • 26Dabo
  • 6SoaresSubstituted forJacksonat 88'minutes
  • 7Carter
  • 34ListSubstituted forGuthrieat 59'minutes
  • 39LeesleySubstituted forLakinat 80'minutes
  • 20Cassidy

Substitutes

  • 13Bastien
  • 15Vancooten
  • 16Iontton
  • 28Guthrie
  • 32Lakin
  • 33Denton
  • 41Jackson

Plymouth

  • 24Palmer
  • 5WoottonBooked at 90mins
  • 6Canavan
  • 3Sawyer
  • 8Edwards
  • 7Sarcevic
  • 14Bakinson
  • 25Grant
  • 32CooperSubstituted forHardieat 83'minutes
  • 17Moore
  • 31JephcottSubstituted forGrantat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Cooper
  • 10Mayor
  • 15Grant
  • 16Grant
  • 18Hardie
  • 19Lolos
  • 20Randell
Referee:
Sam Purkiss
Attendance:
3,627

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamPlymouth
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home6
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Stevenage 1, Plymouth Argyle 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stevenage 1, Plymouth Argyle 2.

Gary Sawyer (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kurtis Guthrie (Stevenage).

Offside, Plymouth Argyle. Byron Moore tries a through ball, but Joel Grant is caught offside.

Booking

Scott Wootton (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Scott Wootton (Plymouth Argyle).

Charlie Lakin (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Gary Sawyer.

Attempt saved. Charlie Carter (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luther Wildin.

Attempt missed. Kurtis Guthrie (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Antoni Sarcevic (Plymouth Argyle).

Diaguely Dabo (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Joel Grant replaces Luke Jephcott.

Goal!

Goal! Stevenage 1, Plymouth Argyle 2. Charlie Carter (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Jake Cassidy with a cross.

Attempt missed. Charlie Lakin (Stevenage) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Diaguely Dabo.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Simeon Jackson replaces Tom Soares.

Goal!

Goal! Stevenage 0, Plymouth Argyle 2. Ryan Hardie (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Antoni Sarcevic with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Ryan Hardie replaces George Cooper.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Charlie Lakin replaces Joe Leesley.

Attempt missed. Tom Soares (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Charlie Carter (Stevenage) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Attempt blocked. Charlie Carter (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kurtis Guthrie.

Attempt blocked. Charlie Carter (Stevenage) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luther Wildin.

Foul by Josh Grant (Plymouth Argyle).

Jake Cassidy (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Tom Soares (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Kurtis Guthrie (Stevenage) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Charlie Carter.

Offside, Stevenage. Paul Farman tries a through ball, but Jake Cassidy is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Kurtis Guthrie replaces Elliott List.

Foul by Tyreeq Bakinson (Plymouth Argyle).

Diaguely Dabo (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Luther Wildin.

Attempt blocked. Antoni Sarcevic (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Luke Jephcott (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Tyreeq Bakinson (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Stevenage 0, Plymouth Argyle 1. Byron Moore (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by George Cooper.

Second Half

Second Half begins Stevenage 0, Plymouth Argyle 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Stevenage 0, Plymouth Argyle 0.

Offside, Plymouth Argyle. Antoni Sarcevic tries a through ball, but George Cooper is caught offside.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon29175752312156
2Exeter28159438271154
3Plymouth27155745281750
4Crewe28147751351649
5Colchester291113538251346
6Northampton28137841311046
7Bradford29121073527846
8Cheltenham271111541221944
9Forest Green2912893427744
10Port Vale29101183536-141
11Newport269982624236
12Salford2999113640-436
13Walsall29106132939-1036
14Crawley29811103941-235
15Scunthorpe2989123942-333
16Cambridge2988133138-732
17Leyton Orient29710123646-1031
18Mansfield2979134045-530
19Grimsby2779112733-630
20Oldham29612112843-1530
21Carlisle2878132645-1929
22Macclesfield2871382831-328
23Morecambe2958162551-2623
24Stevenage29313132033-1322
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