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▶️iFollow: Watch The Pre Plymouth Press Conference

Watch the whole nine minutes of Ollie's pre-match press conference.

2 March 2020

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Watch the whole nine minutes of Ollie's pre-match press conference.

On the injury front, the Town boss has confirmed that James Hanson will miss at least the next two games with a groin injury. The big frontman will have a scan on Tuesday to ascertain the full extent of the injury.

Harry Davis is fit again and will travel to Devon with the team today.

Speaking about James Hanson, Ollie said: "I haven’t even got to that yet, he’s having a scan tomorrow, so we don’t really know at the moment. 

"He’s still very sore, so he certainly won’t be fit for tomorrow or Saturday.

"It’s a big blow for us because he’s been superb since he’s come back."

And Ollie spoke of his disappointment after Saturday's result all but killed off his play-off hopes. 

"The disappointing thing for us, I had half an eye on catching the people at the top, but I feel that dented it far too far.

"Realistically, do I expect the same group of players to get from where we were before into a play-off situation? It might be too much to ask, but we all dream, we all keep going."

Listen to the full pre-match interview on iFollow - including Ollie's thoughts on his time at Home Park.

Tuesday's game will be streamed exclusively live in the UK on iFollow Mariners. Book your match pass here.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Plymouth Argyle 3-0 Grimsby Town

Mariners beaten by promotion-chasing Plymouth

3 March 2020

Lee Blease
Billy Clarke

Grimsby Town suffered a second consecutive defeat against a promotion-chasing side as Plymouth Argyle won comfortably at Home Park.

After making the long trip to Devon, the Mariners began well but fell behind to a Tyreeq Bakinson header on 22 minutes.

Plymouth doubled their advantage on the half-hour when Ryan Hardie made it 2-0, before Luke Jephcott added a third to put the game out of Town's reach and send the home side into League Two's automatic promotion places.

Six changes were made to the side that started Saturday's home defeat by Northampton, with Harry Davis making a return from injury.

Captain James McKeown was back in the line-up in goal, while Bradley Garmston, Elliott Whitehouse, Matt Green and Charles Vernam also returned.

McKeown started behind a defence of Luke Hendrie, Davis, Luke Waterfall and Garmston, while Harry Clifton and Josh Benson began alongside Whitehouse in midfield and Vernam and Green were joined in attack by Billy Clarke.

The substitutes were Sam Russell, Anthony Glennon, Mattie Pollock, Elliott Hewitt, James Tilley, Max Wright and Elliot Grandin.

Plymouth made three changes after their weekend loss at Bradford, although two of them were enforced after two red cards in West Yorkshire.

An early Mariners corner was eventually cleared after home keeper Alex Palmer failed to fully deal with Benson's delivery.

The hosts then had their first opportunity when Conor Grant broke through the middle before finding striker Luke Jephcott but his weak shot from the edge of the penalty area required only a comfortable stop from McKeown.

Davis did well to prevent another chance on eight minutes, getting back well to put a superb challenge in and deny Ryan Hardie as he looked to run onto a through-ball.

At the other end, a cross from Hendrie led to Clifton flicking a header just wide of the far post, before another attack ended when Clarke was caught offside.

A volley from Hardie bounced back off the post with McKeown beaten after Town failed to deal with a chipped cross from George Cooper on the left. The ball was then put out for a corner, which caused no significant problems.

Green looked to have an opportunity on 18 minutes but was forced wide and unable to hit the target.

A great tackle by Waterfall on the six-yard line stopped Hardie as he was about to pull the trigger as the hosts threatened.

But the Mariners were not so lucky the next time Plymouth attacked, as a cross from the left was met by BAKINSON and he had the simple task of heading unchallenged past McKeown to open the scoring.

A foul by Hendrie on the home left brought a free-kick but the ball from it was headed away and a cross from Cooper then beat everybody and went out for a goal kick.

A good ball by Clarke on 27 minutes found Whitehouse inside the box but the midfielder could only volley off-target from a narrow-angle.

Town fell further behind on the half-hour, when a pass through the middle from Bakinson split their defence and HARDIE ran onto it, rounded the advancing McKeown and finished calmly.

Glennon replaced Garmston as the away side made the first substitution of the game on 32 minutes after the left-back picked up an injury.

But it was the hosts who were continuing to threaten and McKeown had to make a good save to tip a curling effort from Grant over the bar for a corner.

From the flag though, Plymouth went further ahead after a short corner routine. Town failed to deal with the danger and after the ball was crossed again from the right, JEPHCOTT met it at the far post and squeezed it past McKeown.

Soon afterwards, Bakinson was fouled in a central position, 25 yards from goal but Cooper's free-kick flew over the bar.

Two added minutes were played at the end of the first half and with no further chances, the home side went in at the interval holding a commanding lead and the Mariners had left themselves with a mountain to climb.

Pollock came on for Benson before the restart in Town's second change and the visitors had the first opportunity of the half, with Whitehouse firing over the bar from distance.

Vernam won a corner when his right-wing cross was blocked but it did not lead to a chance in front of goal as Clarke's ball was cleared. A long, defence-splitting ball then almost let Hardie in at the other end but he was adjudged to have fouled Hendrie and a free-kick was given.

A foul by Clifton on Bakinson earned the midfielder a yellow card, before a cross from Cooper was blocked for a home corner. It didn't cause any problems though as the high ball from the flag went away for a goal kick.

A shot by Clarke at the other end was blocked, then a Town free-kick caused no danger as Clarke's delivery was flicked out for a goal kick.

The final Grimsby change saw Wright come on in place of Davis three minutes after the hour and soon afterwards, Clarke picked the ball up in midfield before advancing and letting fly from 25 yards with an effort that keeper Palmer pushed away for a corner.

The Town pressure continued with another two corners in quick succession and another attempt by Clarke was blocked, this time for a throw-in.

A Plymouth counter-attack on 68 minutes led to McKeown making a good save after Hardie got on the end of Cooper's cross.

Vernam then diverted a cross towards goal at the other end but Palmer was there to make a simple stop.

Another Town corner came on 72 minutes and this time, Clarke's ball was met by Waterfall at the first half but Palmer got down to stop the centre-back's header.

At the other end, Hardie's deep cross found Jephcott but his volley from the edge of the box hit the bar and went away for a goal kick.

Joe Edwards was sent on for Cooper, then a Plymouth corner came after another ball through the Town defence was touched away.

Edwards should have made it 4-0 with six minutes to go after McKeown could not hold a shot from the edge of the box but when the rebound fell to the substitute, he hit the post.

Three added minutes were played at the end of the game as the Town looked for a consolation goal but it was not to come and they were left with a second 3-0 defeat in a row.

The Mariners and their fans will now look ahead to their next game, away to Scunthorpe United on Saturday.


  1. Alex Palmer
  2. Byron Moore
  3. George Cooper
  4. Callum McFadzean
  5. Niall Canavan (C)
  6. Scott Wootton
  7. Conor Grant
  8. Tyreeq Bakinson
  9. Danny Mayor
  10. Luke Jephcott
  11. Ryan Hardie


  1. Michael Cooper
  2. Jarvis Cleal
  3. Joe Edwards
  4. Joel Grant
  5. Adam Randell
  6. Ryan Taylor
  7. Dominic Telford


  1. James McKeown (C)
  2. Luke Hendrie
  3. Bradley Garmston ‎
  4. Luke Waterfall
  5. Harry Davis
  6. Josh Benson
  7. Harry Clifton
  8. Elliott Whitehouse
  9. Matt Green
  10. Billy Clarke
  11. Charles Vernam


  1. Sam Russell
  2. Anthony Driscoll-Glennon
  3. Elliott Hewitt
  4. Matthew Pollock
  5. Elliot Grandin
  6. James Tilley
  7. Max Wright

Referee: David Rock

Attendance:9,327 (205)

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Ticket News

🚌Travelling To Plymouth? Read Our Essential Guide Before You Set Off

Our SLO, Kristine Green with everything you need to know ahead of Tuesday's game.

2 March 2020

Simon Dael/BPI/Shutterstock
Home Park

What’s the ticket information?

Tickets can be purchased on the day with a £2 increase (Likely via cash on Turnstile 22).  On the day prices are:

Adult - £23

Senior 65+ - £20

18-23 - £20

Under 18 - £11

Under 12 - £8

8 and under £5 

Tickets obtained for the original postponed fixture are valid for this fixture.

How do I get to the ground?

Postcode for the ground is PL2 3DQ 

The ground is well signposted from the A38. On approaching Plymouth from the East, exit the A38 at the Manadon Roundabout then take the 2nd exit towards the city centre. Stay on Outland Road for about 1.5 miles (around 15 minutes on match-day). The stadium will be visible on the left. 

Where is the best place to park?

There is a large car park at the ground which is free but as it shares with the city’s park and ride scheme it becomes full quickly and takes a while to exit from after the game. 

The Plymouth Life Centre nearby also has free parking but again fills up quickly. 

Street parking on roads off Segrave Road or side roads off the main road heading out of the city are unrestricted but please park considerately and take notice of any signage in place. 

What is the nearest train station to the stadium and what is the approximate distance and walking time?

Plymouth railway station is around a mile away from the stadium.

There is a paved route which takes you from the station to the stadium through Central Park.  It takes around 20 minutes with part of the walk up a steep hill. 

If you don’t fancy the walk there is a taxi rank outside the station.  The drive is 5 minutes and should cost no more than £5. 

Recommended pubs for away fans?

The supporters bar at the ground, The Green Taverners, is welcoming away fans. Open from 5pm to 7:30pm and then after the game. Entertainment on before the game too. 

The Britannia pub is a 10-minute walk away on the opposite side of the main road outside of Home Park. The pub does get busy and numbers are monitored by door staff.  Although away fans are welcome, the singing of away club songs isn’t tolerated and individuals will be asked to leave on doing so. 

The Cherry Tree pub on Ham Drive and the Hyde Park Social Club both welcome away fans and are about a 15-minute walk away from the ground.  Alternatively, the city centre has other pubs and bars but is a fair walk to the ground.  

Food available in the area?

A decent pasty van pulls up in the layby outside of the Britannia Pub. There are also other independent food outlets around the ground. The city centre, around a 40 minute walk away, has numerous food outlets. 

When do turnstiles open?

Fans are located in the Barn Park Stand. Turnstiles open 90 minutes before kick-off. 

Where is the nearest cash machine to the Stadium?

The Home Park petrol station opposite the ground has a cash machine but may charge for withdrawals. 

What is the process for supporters looking to bring flags into the stadium?

Flags are allowed with no specific size mentioned.  Flags on poles are not allowed. 

What food and drink is available on the concourse at the stadium?

Both hot and cold food and drink items are available on the concourse.  Alcohol will be served in the ground for away fans too.  

Disabled fan information

There are 28 wheelchair spaces at pitch level in the Barn Park Stand for visiting supporters. 

Any questions, please contact Plymouth Argyles DLO Nikki via  

Other information?

Plymouth Argyle have a family zone that is open to both home and away fans.  If you’re travelling with the kids the family zone has a range of activities for them including computer games, pool, table tennis and more.

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