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Leonard believes there is still more to come from his Argyle Ladies team

PLYMOUTH Argyle Ladies manager Dave Leonard believes there is still more to come from his team this season.

The Pilgrims have made a good start to the 2019-20 campaign and sit third in the FA Women’s National League Southern Premier Division having won five of their opening six games.

However, they are without a game this weekend, although their development team are in action in the South West Women’s Western Division.

Leonard is frustrated the first team have a week off but they have been training hard.

He said: “Being without a game is annoying but it will give some of the girls who are carrying knocks a bit of a rest.”

On how the season has gone so far, Leonard added: “I am not sure how I expected the season to pan out and how the girls would react to me, my philosophy, how I wanted them to play, the philosophy of how I wanted them to train and binding in to the decision of how I see where this club is going.

“But I think they have literally taken this on board and fully trust what I am trying to do.

“We haven’t got a game this week but we had 15 training and that would not have happened a few seasons ago. It is important to see that competition for places is high.

“These girls are on a five-day training routine. They do seven hours a week training so for them to turn up as a group is testament to what they are trying to achieve.

“I wouldn’t say we have hit the heights of my expectations of what I want them to achieve but I would say we are probably at 80 per cent. I know the team and I know we can achieve more.”

In the meantime the club’s development team are looking to make it three wins in a row against bottom club Exeter & Tedburn Rangers on Sunday at Saltmill.

They will go into the game without the services of three centre-backs. Team captain Rachel Javan is still recovering from a head injury, Giota Papaioannou is on international duty and Rachel Heron is unavailable. Also missing will be the injured Dani Wyatt.

But this opens the door for some youngsters to impress the Argyle management team.

Isla Brumhead is set to become the latest in an impressive list of 16-year-old players to feature for the side after been included in the squad for this weekend’s match.  Also included could be Steph Beck, whose experience will be invaluable.

The young Pilgrims go into the game on the back of an impressive victory and performance last week, when they beat Bude 10-2.

The management team are determined not to let the side sit back on that performance. They were quite critical of their percentage of shot to goal ratio in their last match and the team were shown a breakdown of this during the week.

Manager Rob Bonney said: “It may seem harsh to some people looking at how many goals we scored, but the girls know that we want to get the best out of them every game and this is just one aspect we need to work on.

“It’s another challenge on Sunday but one the girls are looking forward to.”

Admission is free at Saltmill and refreshments are available.

Argyle development: Maddie Walsh, Sally Salter, Maddy Leppard, Jodie Randall, lsla Brumhead, Beth Cowd, Kiara Robins, Hannah Brock, Maisie Williams, Nicola Champion, Beth Everson, Lucy Solloway, Leah Johnson, Scarlett Williams, Steph Beck, Ellie Bishop, Chardonnay James.


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