Argyle / Football

Jones and Lane scoop Plymouth Argyle Ladies’ top awards

JESSIE JONES and Kayley Lane were award winners at Plymouth Argyle Ladies’ annual presentation evening at the Manadon Hub.

Joint managers Dave Leonard and Trevor Rodd gave their player of the season award to midfielder Jones, while Lane (pictured top) scooped the players’ player of the year prize.

England Under-20 international Jones’ had to wait for her Argyle debut due to a delay in receiving international clearance after playing professional football in North America, but she went on to make 22 appearances and score 12 goals.

Leonard said: “Jessie Jones has had an impressive season where she has been very consistent in her performances.

“She never had a pre-season as she came in from Canada – Calgary Foothills – six games into the season, but she certainly hit the ground running. She has been great to work with and I am looking forward to getting more out of her next season.”

Lane, from Cornwall, made 27 appearances and scored seven goals. She is known for her unselfish play and hard work, which was recognised by her team-mates in awarding her the players’ player of the year award.

Teenager Kiara-Jade Robins claimed both the manager’s player of the season award and players’ player prize in Argyle’s development team.

“From a manager’s point of view it was a unanimous decision made by myself and coaches Simon Parnell and Dan Tecza,” said development team manager Rob Bonney on Robins’ award. “She just pipped Kelly Vinnicombe, who also had a great season.”

Bonney praised the maturity Robins showed through the season, especially the way she handled a spell on the sidelines.

Argyle Ladies held their open trials at the Manadon Hub on Sunday which produced an excellent turnout in front of the ITV cameras.

The Pilgrims will be fielding three teams this season with the newly-formed under-18 side being accepted into the Devon under-18 league. The new team will be managed by Gary Bottomley and Ryan Lowton. The pair had managed SB Frankfurt under-16 team last season, winning a superb treble of trophies.

Bottomley said: “We approached Trevor (Rodd) as the girls felt they did not want to play Saturday football as some of them are working then and it went from there. The girls can push on to the development side and on to the first team.”

All three teams will be based at the new Manadon Hub.

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