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Argyle Ladies to give youngsters a chance in pre-season outing against Exeter City

PLYMOUTH Argyle Ladies continue their pre-season campaign on Thursday evening when they take on Devon rivals Exeter City at Cullompton Rangers FC (7pm).

Argyle have retained most of last year’s players and started their pre-season with a convincing 9-1 win against a Royal Navy representative team last week with Helen Bleazard knocking in four goals.

The Pilgrims will be without Becky Dandridge, Ebony Dover and Kayley Lane on Thursday as they are away on holiday, but include 16-year-old Beth Everson in their squad after she scored for the development team in the game at Middlezoy Rovers.

Also travelling is another promising youngster, Kiara-Jade Robins, who picked up the manager’s and players’ player of the year last season in the development team, and newcomer Holly Cole.

Manager Dave Leonard said: “We still have a number of players on trial and will be looking at them over the next couple of games.

“I have included 16-year-old Beth Everson as she performed well for the development team against Middlezoy. She’s trained really well in our under-18s, who are the feeder for our development team that is proving to be very fruitful in the process of the development of all the under-18s.

“We want to take 14 and we thought it would be an ideal opportunity to give her (Everson) a bit of experience.”

Also included in the squad are new signings Ellie Bishop and Danni Wyatt, who both played against the Royal Navy and Middlezoy Rovers.

Leonard added: “It’s another workout – another fitness session – it will be a good test for our fringe players and a good test of fitness against an Exeter City side, who are on a crest of a wave.

“It’s nice to see another Devon team doing well (Exeter were last season’s South West League Premier Division champions).”

Argyle have been drawn against Exeter City in the National League Cup. The Pilgrims will make the short trip up the A38 on Sunday, August 28.

Last season Argyle beat Milton Keynes Dons 4-2 and Southampton 3-1 in the cup before going down 5-3 after extra-time to eventual finalists Crawley Wasps.

After playing Exeter on Thursday, Argyle will visit Bishops Lydeard on Sunday, while their development team will visit Cheltenham Town.

Next up for Argyle on Sunday is a visit to Bishops Lydeard while the Development team are off to Cheltenham Town.

Argyle squad to face Exeter: Trialist, Faye Ivall, Katie Middleton, Mollie Taylor, Helen Bleazard, Jessica Jones, Amber Pollock, Leah Burridge, Natasha Knapman, Danni Wyatt, Ellie Bishop, Beth Everson, Kiara Robins, Holly Cole.

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