"There’s no discouragement
Shall make him once relent
His first avow’d intent
To be a Pilgrim"
We travel to Devon’s furthest reaches to face one of the promotion favourites - Argyle had a blistering start to the season and although the wheels haven’t exactly fallen off, it has been shown that they are vulnerable. No doubt Darryl Clarke will have done his homework so that even without the signing of a Big Top Tent striker we will be endeavouring to improve on our current scoring average of half-a-goal per game. There don’t appear to be any historical connections between the two clubs on the managerial side, but 2 ex-Saddlers have been voted “Player of the season” whilst at Home Park … Steve Cherry (1988) and Reuben Reid (2014), and there is a “live” playing connection of course, in the form of Joe Edwards. Argyle’s League 2 form thus far:-
Aug 3 Crewe Alexandra (A) Won 0-3
Aug 10 Colchester United (H) Won 1-0
Aug 17 Newport County (A) Lost 1-0
Aug 20 Salford City (H) Drew 2-2
It hasn’t been revealed how near to full fitness Danny Guthrie, Rory Holden and Kory Roberts are - Darrell Clarke keeps his cards close enough to his chest to give the impression that there’s a mean poker player beneath that stubble. But the likes of James Hardy and Caolan Lavery have shown that they are quite capable of more than the cameo substitute role - indeed it was Lavery who had our solitary shot on target against Newport County (according to the PA report). In the absence of a Big Top Marque Marquee striker it’s a comfort to know that the squad does have a reliable depth.
Prediction? A draw from this one would be very acceptable - say 1-1 with Elijah Adebayo opening his Walsall account?