BALL ON A ROLL WITH A DOU­BLE

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Matt Bam­sey To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

DAVID Ball played the lone striker role to perfection as his mag­nif­i­cent dou­ble fired Fleet­wood Town to a com­fort­able win at Home Park.

Town boss Gra­ham Alexan­der has been telling any­one who will lis­ten that his side play an at­tack­ing 4-3-3 for­ma­tion.

Yet there was lit­tle doubt that for­mer Peter­bor­ough striker Ball was de­ployed up front on his own against the Pil­grims – a role he clearly en­joys af­ter mak­ing it three goals from his first three games.

Un­doubt­edly the Fleet­wood man­ager got his tac­tics spot on and, on this ev­i­dence, his side will be chal­leng­ing for pro­mo­tion this sea­son.

Mea­sured in pos­ses­sion and boast­ing a fierce work ethic, Fleet­wood get the ball down and play and marry flair with dis­ci­pline.

Ar­gyle, mean­while, lacked ideas as they slipped into fa­mil­iar ter­ri­tory to­wards the foot of the ta­ble af­ter be­com­ing one of only three teams yet to pick up a point.

Ball will be first to ad­mit that he owes a huge debt of grat­i­tude to some slack Ply­mouth de­fend­ing, which al­lowed him both the time and space to demon­strate his fin­ish­ing prow­ess.

The opener was a crisp right-footed strike from the edge of the box which flew be­yond the reach of Jake Cole.

And, af­ter Jeff Hughes broke up field and fed Ball, the striker deftly curled the ball into the top cor­ner from sim­i­lar range to heap more mis­ery on Ar­gyle. The only re­gret for the ma­jor­ity of Fleet­wood fans was that they missed both goals af­ter their coach got stuck on the mo­tor­way and they fil­tered into Home Park just min­utes af­ter Ball con­jured the two mo­ments of magic.

And boss Alexan­der said:“It is not an ac­ci­dent as Bally (David Ball) has worked hard over the sum­mer and come back rar­ing to go.

“He is re­ally putting the work in on and off the pitch and is get­ting the re­wards early. Hope­fully it will con­tinue be­cause he is a great lad.

“His tal­ent is un­doubted and it is about get­ting him the right ser­vice and giv­ing him the right op­por­tu­ni­ties to score goals.

“Two wins out of two is a great start for us but we won’t get car­ried away.“

Ball could have added a third while Reuben Reid missed a chance to haul the hosts back into the match.

“There were harsh words af­ter Southend game and the same was the case,” said Ply­mouth boss John Sheri­dan.

“We have not started the sea­son the way I ex­pected us to.The play­ers know my feel­ings. The goals were soft – too much time and space.

“We just didn’t pick up af­ter that and full credit to Fleet­wood who kept catch­ing us on the break.

“We have just got to take it on the chin and take the crit­i­cism, which I ex­pect be­cause the two league games we have played have just not been good enough.”

PLY­MOUTH: (4-4-2): Cole 6, Berry 5, Black­man 5, Trot­man 5, Nel­son 5, Alessan­dra 6, Boco 5 (Gur­ri­eri 65 6), Houri­hane 5, Bliz­zard 5 (Young 65 6), Reid 5 (Harvey 65 5), Mor­gan 6 Subs not used: McCormick, Richards, Pur­ring­ton, Lane

FLEET­WOOD: (4-5-1): Davies 7, Ho­gan 7, Jor­dan 7, Roberts 7, Cress­well 7, Brown 7 (How­ell 86 N/A), Crowther 7 (McLaugh­lin 90 N/A), Hughes 8, Schu­macher 8 (Mur­doch 86 N/A), Sarce­vic 7, Ball 9 Subs not used: Lu­cas, Pond, Matt, Blair

PIC­TURES: Pin­na­cle

BOUNC­ING: Fleet­wood’s David Ball cel­e­brates scor­ing his side’s sec­ond with An­toni Sarce­vic

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