Argyle / Football

Goalkeeper Rogers leaves Argyle ahead of trip to C&K Basildon

PLYMOUTH Argyle Ladies were stunned this week when it was revealed that goalkeeper Lindsay Rogers had left the club for personal reasons.

Rogers has been the mainstay between the posts for Argyle this season but has to make a 200-mile round trip from her home in Somerset to play and train for the Pilgrims.

Joint manager Trevor Rodd said: “I would like to place on record our thanks to Lindsay and the club wishes her well for the future.”

The loss of Rogers for the visit to C&K Basildon on Sunday is just one of numerous changes forced on Argyle.

There will be five changes in the squad who beat QPR 4-3 last week. Missing is Greek under-20 defender Panagiota Papaioannou, who is away at an international training camp. Also unavailable are Steph Beck and Amber Pollock, who are both involved in university courses they have to attend, and left back Darcey Hepworth, who has a quad strain.

The unavailability of these players means the management team have had to dip into the development squad for replacements.

Goalkeeper Sarah Prior has recovered from her damaged hand and goes straight into the first team to replace Rogers.

Called into the squad for the first time is Cornish 16-year-old striker Nicola Champion, who scored four goals last week against Exeter & Tedburn Rangers.

Another versatile teenager Tamsin Medd-Gill takes her place in the squad, along with defender Kelly Vinnicombe, who has impressed for the development team this season.

The changes will give joint managers Rodd and Dave Leonard plenty to think about as they ponder over their starting line up.

The loss of Papaioannou and Beck means captain Kate Middleton could be partnered in the middle of the defence by full-back Mollie Taylor, who has played there before. If so, Vinnicombe and Medd-Gill could take up the full-back positions.

Argyle beat winless Basildon 5-3 in mid-September where Helen Bleazard scored twice.

There was continued good news for striker Natasha Knapman, who completed a full training session for the first time following her ankle injury.

Argyle squad: Sarah Prior, Mollie Taylor, Kate Middleton, Zoe Cunningham, Becky Dandridge, Kayley Lane, Jessica Jones, Helen Bleazard, Faye Ivall, Tamsin Medd-Gill, Nicola Champion, Kelly Vinnicombe, Leah Burridge.

Argyle’s development team need to win their last two matches to clinch the South West League Western Division, but they will have to wait until next week to return to action with a difficult visit to Feniton.

“Once more the development side are left kicking their heels with another blank Sunday,” said manager Rob Bonney. “The plus is it is another week in which the injured players have a chance to recover.”

The manager and coaching staff are pleased to see Medd-Gill recalled to the first team squad and also  Vinnicombe and Champion given a chance.

“This is down to their hard work and commitment and I know that the first team coaching staff are looking at a few of our other players,” said Bonney. “They will get their chance if they keep on working hard at their game and keep moving in the right direction.”

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