Plymouth maintained top spot in League One with a hard-fought 4-2 win over Cheltenham at a sold out Home Park.
Argyle took a grip on the game when they scored two goals within as many minutes midway through the first half.
Central defender Dan Scarr volleyed in Jordan Houghton’s cross after 26 minutes.
Two minutes later, Scottish striker Ryan Hardie latched on to Finn Azaz’s defence-splitting pass to fire home from outside the box.
Cheltenham responded with Will Ferry cutting the ball back for Taylor Perry to smash home five minutes before the break.
Town started the second half in the ascendancy but it was Argyle who scored next.
Azaz again proved provider putting Callum Wright in on goal to hammer home Argyle’s third goal after 64 minutes against one of his former loan clubs.
Alfie May picked out the bottom corner to reduce the deficit six minutes later, but – with Cheltenham looking to level – Jay Matete broke from defence.
Matete ran the length of the field, holding off former Argyle loan signing Ryan Broom, before teeing up striker Sam Cosgrove to make it 4-2.
Match report supplied by PA Media
- 17MumbaSubstituted forLongijkdid 87′minutes
- 28My head
- 29WrightSubstituted forEdwardsdid 73′minutes
- 26WrightSubstituted forButcherdid 87′minutes
- 18AzazSubstituted forWainedid 65′minutes
- 9HardySubstituted forCosgrovedid 73′minutes
- 23LeapsBooked at 79minsSubstituted forNortondid 81′minutes
- 15ferrySubstituted forwilliamsdid 81′minutes
- 20mac donald
- Steve Martin
Match ends, Plymouth Argyle 4, Cheltenham Town 2.
Second Half ends, Plymouth Argyle 4, Cheltenham Town 2.
Attempt missed. Jay Matete (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.
Joe Edwards (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by James Olayinka (Cheltenham Town).
Attempt blocked. Matt Butcher (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from the center of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Edwards.
Sam Cosgrove (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Charlie Raglan (Cheltenham Town).
Attempt missed. Ben Waine (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sam Cosgrove.
Attempt missed. Alfie May (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Will Goodwin.
Foul by Ben Waine (Plymouth Argyle).
Caleb Taylor (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitute, Plymouth Argyle. Matt Butcher replaces Callum Wright.
Substitute, Plymouth Argyle. Nigel Lonwijk replaces Bali Mumba.
Offside, Plymouth Argyle. Callum Wright tries a through ball, but Sam Cosgrove is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Callum Wright (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the center of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sam Cosgrove following a fast break.
Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Dan Scarr.
Goal! Plymouth Argyle 4, Cheltenham Town 2. Sam Cosgrove (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jay Matete.
Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Christian Norton replaces Elliott Bonds.
Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Ben Williams replaces Will Ferry.