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Argyle Ladies look to get their season up and running at Gillingham

PLYMOUTH Argyle Ladies head for Gillingham this weekend determined to get their National League Southern Division campaign up and running.

A disappointing opening day league defeat at Crawley Wasps and then getting knocked out of the League Cup by Exeter City last week has certainly focussed their minds.

Argyle will be without Welsh international Helen Bleazard for Sunday’s game, but do welcome back Mollie Taylor, Zoe Cunningham and Natasha Knapman to the squad along with Holly Cole, while keeping her place in the squad is teenager Beth Everson.

Argyle are travelling to Kent overnight. Manager Dave Leonard said: “We have got to give them every preparation. It’s also respecting the opposition and we must be professional.

“We have to give them the best possible chance. Don’t forget some of our players have to come up from Cornwall and it is only fair to them all to give them the best possible preparation, so we are travelling up on Saturday.”

He added: “A lot was said last week and a lot of water has passed under the bridge as to what was said and we have drawn a line under it and we now move on to Gillingham.

“We’ve trained well this week and the players are certainly up for it.

“It will be a good test for us because they (Gillingham) came away from a team that finished second last season (Cardiff City) with a 1-0 win, so it’s not going to be easy.”

Argyle beat Gillingham 4-1 away last season and only a late goal denied them beating them at home.

Having been knocked out of the League Cup, Argyle have been given a bye in the preliminary round of the plate competition.

Argyle: Becky Kyle, Faye Ivall, Leah Burridge, Ebony Dover, Mollie Taylor, Katie Middleton, Amber Pollock, Zoe Cunningham, Kayley Lane, Becky Dandridge, Jessie Jones, Natasha Knapman, Holly Cole, Beth Everson.

Argyle’s development squad are without a game this weekend and do not start their South West League Western Division campaign until September 8 when they visit Alphington.

Development team manager Rob Bonney received bad news this week when it was revealed that last season’s double award winner young Kiara Robbins is likely to be out of action for at least a month with a recurrence of quad and ankle injuries.

Argyle’s under-18, team fresh from their 5-4 win at Swindon Town in midweek, entertain SB Frankfurt boys under-15 team at the Manadon Hub on Sunday for a 2pm kick-off.

The under-18 team do not have a league to play in as the Devon League fell through but have received enquiries from teams such as Arsenal and Portsmouth for friendly games.

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