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Bleazard scores four goals as Argyle ease to opening pre-season win over the Navy

HELEN BLEAZARD scored four goals as Plymouth Argyle Ladies opened their pre-season campaign with a convincing 9-1 win over the Royal Navy at RNAS Yeovilton on Wednesday night.

The match, played in three periods – two of 30 minutes and one of 15 minutes – proved an excellent work out and allowed the Pilgrims to blow away any cobwebs.

Argyle have a new coaching structure at the club for the 2019-20 season. Last season’s joint manager Trevor Rodd is now director of football and will oversee all three of Argyle’s teams. That means Dave Leonard is now in overall control of the first team and he has moved Marc Bonney up from coach to assistant manager.  Vicki Fannon has been promoted to the first-team coach from the development side, while Jason Haswell remaining as goalkeeping coach.

Leonard said: “We have a good team off and on the pitch.”

On the opening pre-season outing, Leonard added:  “It was nice to get back on the field and proved to be a really good work out. What was good was that we could have taken our foot off the gas at 4-1 but we didn’t as we continued to press high and we got the rewards with the goals.”

Argyle took 14 players to Somerset which included a goalkeeping trialist and new signings Danni Wyatt and Ellie Bishop.

Once Becky Dandridge opened the scoring it was virtually one-way traffic against a spirited Navy outfit.

The goals kept coming with the score reaching 4-0 by the end of the first 30 minutes.

The Navy responded by scoring after sloppy defending by the visitors, but Argyle extend their lead to 6-1 with Leah Burridge and Helen Bleazard netting doubles and Ellie Bishop adding the other. Bleazard went on to bag  four with another brace with Jessica Jones rounding off the scoring.

Argyle squad: Trialist, Faye Ivall, Ebony Dover, Katie Middleton, Mollie Taylor, Helen Bleazard, Becky Dandridge, Jessica Jones, Kayley Lane, Amber Pollock, Leah Burridge, Natasha Knapman, Danni Wyatt, Ellie Bishop

Argyle continue their pre-season at Exeter City next Thursday (July 25, 7pm), They then play Bishops Lydeard away on Sunday, July 28 (1pm), Bristol City at home on Sunday, August 4 (2pm) before ending at Poole Town on Sunday, August 11 (1pm).

The Pilgrims will kick-off their 2019-20 National League Southern Premier Division campaign with two tough away fixtures.

They start with a visit to Crawley Wasps, who gained promotion from the South East League Division One.

Argyle were knocked out of last season’s National League Cup by Crawley, going down 5-3 in extra-time. Crawley ended up reaching the final where they lost 3-0 to Blackburn Rovers.

Crawley also reached the fourth round of the FA Cup before going down 4-0 against Super League champions Arsenal so it will be a difficult opening game for Argyle.

The Pilgrims will then make a visit to Gillingham, who they beat 4-1 away last season.

This is followed by two juicy home matches against Keynsham Town, who were promoted from Division One South West, and Yeovil Town, who have dropped down two tiers after being relegated from the Super League.

Once again the league decided to give Argyle just three matches in November, December and January. However, they could have more games in that period if they do well in the cups.

Argyle end the season on the May 10 at home to Watford.

Full National League Southern Premier Division Fixtures

August

18th Crawley Wasps (A)

September

1st Gillingham (A)

8th Keynsham Town (H)

15th Yeovil Town (H)

22nd Hounslow (A)

29th MK Dons (A)

October

6th Cardiff City (H)

20th Portsmouth (A)

27th Oxford United (A)

November

10th Chichester City (H)

December

8th Watford (A)

January

12th Crawley Wasps (H)

February

2nd Gillingham (H)

9th Keynsham Town (A)

23rd Yeovil Town (A)

March

3rd Cardiff City (A)

8th Hounslow (H)

15th Portsmouth (H)

27th MK Dons (H)

29th Oxford United (H)

April

26th Chichester City (A)

May

10th Watford (H)

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