Bideford were given a workout by Plymouth Argyle in their latest pre-season friendly last night (Wednesday).

Bideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt Smart

The Robins were beaten 3-0 by the League One side at the Sports Ground as their warm-ups for the Evo-Stik Division One South season continue.

The Pilgrims – starting with and finishing with nine first team players – scored all three of their goals in 14 first-half minutes to effectively seal victory.

Joel Grant, captain Ryan Edwards and Gregg Wylde netted for Plymouth.

It was Bideford who had the first real sight at goal after 10 minutes, with Sean Downing firing a shot at goal that needed to be saved by Harry Burgoyne. Downing was only able to play 25 minutes before an injury meant he was replaced by Matt Ward.

Bideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt Smart

Grant gave the visitors the lead in the 17th minute. After Lionel Ainsworth burst down the right wing, he cut a low ball across for Grant, who managed to turn and fire a low shot across Steve Oliver.

Ainsworth was the architect for Plymouth’s second too. After picking up the second ball from a corner, Ainsworth was given the ball to whip back in from the left where it was met by the head of Edwards.

Wylde added the third shortly after the half-hour mark, bursting ahead of Craig Allan and putting his shot between Steve Oliver’s legs and into the net.

The Pilgrims could have had more before half-time had Callum Dyson found the target. The striker also had an effort headed off the line after the break.

Bideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford posed more of a threat to the Argyle defence in the second half, and asked a bit more of Burgoyne.

Joe Barker thought he had pulled one back for the Robins with 13 minutes left, getting on the end of a cross to put the ball in the back of the net. However, the offside flag of linesman Tony Cloak meant the celebrations were short-lived.

Bideford’s pre-season continues on Friday when Cullompton Rangers visit the Sports Ground. Fans are able to pay what they like to watch the match.

Bideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford: Oliver, Sampson, Palmer, Downing (Ward 26), Allan, Mayne (Harrison 55), Heeney (Gwynne 66), Carter (Barker 70), Turner (Squire 66), Wood, Gregory (Hancox 55). Subs not used: Taylor.

Plymouth Arygle: Burgoyne, Moore, Edwards, P Grant, Smith-Brown, Rooney, J Grant, Sangster, Ainsworth, Dyson, Wylde. Subs not used: Hodges, Purrington, Jephcott, Lolos, Garside, Cooper.

Bideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt Smart

Bideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt SmartBideford v Plymouth Argyle. Picture: Matt Smart