PLYMOUTH Argyle Ladies go into Sunday’s Devon Senior Cup tie against local rivals Marine Academy Plymouth with a new signing in their squad.
The Pilgrims have signed 25-year-old American defender Rachel Heron during the week after watching her in training.
Argyle had been in contact with the defender since the summer when her husband moved back to Plymouth where he is from.
The defender spent some time with Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi. She originally comes from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and majored in business administration. She turned down a professional contract to work for the Government when she graduated.
Heron has been out of the game for a while but is keen to get back to playing,
Argyle are the county cup holders having beaten Torquay United 8-0 in the final.
Marine Academy have had an impressive start to the season in the South West League Premier Division having won five and drawn one of their six games played. They also had an excellent 2-1 win at Southampton in the FA Cup , who Argyle beat 3-1 in the League Cup.
Marine Academy have a number of ex-Argyle players in their squad and they boast two in-form strikers in Samantha Drewery and Jaydee Seaman, who have already scored 20 goals between them.
Argyle go into the tie on the back of two successive league defeats so a keenly-fought contest is expected in the tie being played at Ivybridge Community College tomorrow with a 2pm kick-off.
Argyle squad: Lindsay Rogers, Kate Middleton, Darcey Hepworth, Mollie Taylor, Ebony Dover, Becky Dandridge, Kayley Lane, Zoe Cunningham, Helen Bleazard, Jessica Jones, Steph Beck, Amber Pollock, Rachel Heron, Faye Ivall, Tamsin Medd-Gill, Becca Wakley.
Argyle’s development team welcome back Greek under-20 international defender Panagiota Papaioannou, who came on as a substitute for her country against Slovakia last Sunday.
Manager Rob Bonney is unable to name a squad for the match at Pen Mill as it is unclear what players are being called into the first team squad.
Argyle are top of the South West League Western Division and have won their last five games. The young team travel to league newcomers Pen Mill, who have not had the best of starts to the season although they have won two and drawn the other in their last three games.