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Loan rules will deplete Argyle squad before reinforcements can arrive

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 28, 2012

The loan spell of Alex MacDonald (left) at Plymouth Argyle ends after the Pilgrims' next match, in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy against Oxford United   picture: Dave Rowntree/Pinnacle

The loan spell of Alex MacDonald (left) at Plymouth Argyle ends after the Pilgrims' next match, in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy against Oxford United picture: Dave Rowntree/Pinnacle

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Goals have been in short supply for Plymouth Argyle lately, and their attacking options are set to be reduced before the New Year.

The loan spells of Burnley's Alex MacDonald and Guy Madjo, from Aldershot Town, will end next month and cannot be extended.

Both players will have spent three months with the Pilgrims, which is the maximum amount of time allowed in the circumstances.

MacDonald's loan spell finishes after Argyle's next game, the Johnstone's Paint Trophy last-16 tie against Oxford United at Home Park on Tuesday, December 4.

The Pilgrims will then have npower League Two games at home to York City on December 8 and away to Exeter City seven days later.

Madjo's loan from Aldershot ends after the Devon derby at St James' Park.

There will then be a period of three more matches for Argyle before the January transfer window opens and new recruits can be brought in.

Those games are away to Accrington Stanley on December 22, and home fixtures against Torquay United on Boxing Day and Wycombe Wanderers on December 29.

They will then travel to Bristol Rovers for a 1pm kick-off on New Year's Day.

The Pilgrims will be hoping to avoid injuries and suspensions to their remaining attacking players before then. Argyle have not scored in any of their last three games, since the 2-2 draw with table-topping Gillingham at Home Park on November 10.

Their leading marksman this season is Paris Cowan-Hall, with four goals in all competitions.

He has played as a striker for the Pilgrims since signing from Woking in the summer, but more often than not has been used in wide attacking roles.

Argyle's other forward options are Nick Chadwick, Warren Feeney, Rhys Griffiths and Matt Lecointe.

Feeney and Griffiths have both netted three times this season and Chadwick has scored once.

Lecointe has yet to open his account, but has not featured for the Pilgrims since the 1-1 draw at home to Bristol Rovers on September 18.

Argyle manager Carl Fletcher added one new face to his squad before the deadline for 'emergency loan' signings last Thursday.

Midfielder Mark Molesley arrived from League One outfit Bournemouth and will be with the Pilgrims up to and including December 22.

The 31-year-old made his debut in the 1-0 home defeat by Chesterfield last Saturday.

MacDonald has made 14 starts and two substitute appearances for Argyle since signing for them at the start of September and has scored only once.

Madjo has netted three times from nine starts and five substitute appearances, with two of his goals coming from the penalty spot in the 3-1 home win over Rochdale on October 20.

Argyle Legends beat Weston Mill Veterans 3-0 with goals from Paul Smith, Joe Davey and Ryan Cross last Sunday.

The game was arranged by former Argyle striker Derek Rickard in memory of his father, Brian, who died earlier this year.

Legends captain Chris Harrison was presented with the Brian Rickard Memorial Trophy after their win. The trophy will be contested by the two teams next year.

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