Plymouth Argyle's Head of Youth Mike Pejic is to lodge a complaint with the Football League, after his side were held 0-0 against Yeovil Town yesterday. The match was played at Ilchester Football Club, on a pitch where both sides struggled to create chances, but where the Glovers dominated proceedings.
Pejic is to complain about the size of the Ilchester pitch, suggesting that it was under-sized for Under-18s football. This will be his second complaint in just over 12 months about Yeovil Town's facilities, having already raised issues about Somerton's Gassons Lane ground in the aftermath of a March 2009 Football Combination match held at the ground, where Pejic felt that the pitch was not in a suitable condition for the game to go ahead.
Speaking to the Sunday Independent, Pejic accused the Glovers of selecting a pitch sized for Under-12s football:
"It was an under-12 sized pitch - how can we develop youth footballers? They wouldn’t allow this in Spain or any other nation that develops footballers."
Pejic was little more complimentary about the match itself, suggesting the Glovers had played "caveman football" - whatever that means! Argyle did little to make Glovers keeper Steve Boore work up a sweat with the Yeovil back four snuffing them out well.
The exact same pitch had been used in a match against Swindon Town last month. Whilst the Ilchester pitch is not the easiest one to play on - various small dips and bobbles make the ball hard to control at times - as the saying goes, the pitch is the same for both sides, and Swindon were able to play well enough to win their game 5-0 when they came to Somerset, whilst Argyle probably struggled to create five chances all game. The Glovers do need to find a permanent home for their Youth football though, and we gather that is currently being worked on.
To add some spice to the situation, the two sides meet again next week in Devon, and still have to meet a third time in their persistently postponed Youth Alliance Cup Group match.
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