DARTMOUTH boss Lance Worthington has expressed his pride at how his men ran the mighty Plymouth Argyle close in front of some 250 fans on Tuesday evening.

Nathan Murphy, who saved a second-minute penalty and Luke Brown, who netted the Darts' equaliser on 39 minutes with a superb free-kick from 20 yards, were stand-out performers for the home side.

And a delighted Worthington challenged his men to produce the same stirring performance week in, week out from now on.

He said: 'It was a good overall performance; that's how we need to be playing week in, week out.'

'The lads can hold their heads up high and be very proud of themselves.

'It was nice that we had 250 people turn up, which will generate a little bit of revenue for the club. I can't complain overall.'

Worthington said he had told his men before the match 'just to go out and enjoy themselves and not get too stressed'. But in the first half, he admitted his men 'looked like they'd been caught in the headlights and were left chasing shadows' as a youthful Argyle side knocked the ball around with aplomb.

The writing seemed to be on the wall for the Darts after only two minutes when Jed Harper-Penman was tripped in the box.

However, goalkeeper Murphy produced a fine save to deny Jordan Copp from the spot. Argyle were not to be denied, though, taking the lead through former Ivybridge Community College student Luke Young, who slotted home a low 12-yard shot after being played in by Copp.

The Greens looked set to swamp the home side in the first half but, for all their possession, could not add to their goal tally.

And they were punished when Luke Brown's free-kick brought the scores level just before half-time.

Dartmouth came out with all guns blazing in the second half and the Pilgrims' schoolboy goalkeeper Christian Walton saved well from Scott Dodgson.

However, Copp and Young again combined to seal Argyle's place in the next round of the competition.

The former's right-wing corner found the latter unmarked and he unleashed a superb 20-yard angled drive to notch his second goal of the game.

Copp could have extended Argyle's advantage twice in the closing minutes, but Murphy denied him.