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Argyle Ladies to take strong side to Feniton for Devon Senior Cup clash

PLYMOUTH Argyle Ladies are on the road for a sixth successive match on Sunday – but this time it is the shorter journey than normal as they are only at Feniton in the Devon Senior Cup.

Argyle produced a terrific second-half performance last week to see off Chichester City 5-0 in the National League Southern Premier Division and they are up for their visit to Feniton as they begin the defence of the county cup.

The Pilgrims will be overwhelming favourites to come away with a victory over a side their development team have already beaten 7-3 and 9-5 in the South West League this season. But Argyle remember going out of the competition a few years ago at lower league Alphington and manager Dave Leonard knows Sunday’s game could easily turn into a banana skin.

“It’s not a game we will take lightly and we will go there to win and in style,” said Leonard.

“We are taking a full squad so as not to be disrespectful to them.”

The Pilgrims, though, have doubts over midfielders Kayley Lane and Jessica Jones, who both missed the Chichester game due to injury.

“We will be making a late fitness test on Kayley Lane and Jessica Jones to see how they reacted to training this week.

“My biggest worry is the knock-on effect if we don’t play as it will be moved over to the following week. This means our FA Cup tie at home to Wimbledon the following week would be postponed.”

Argyle squad: B Kyle, L Burridge, E Dover, B Jackson, L Huntley, F Ivall, A Pollock, B Dandridge, S Beck, Z Cunningham, N Knapman, H Bleazard, K Middleton, M Taylor. J Jones, K Lane.

After a shaky start to the season, Argyle’s development team are on a five-game winning run in the South West League Western Division and they will be keen to extend that when they host league leaders Alphington.

As the league only has seven teams, clubs play each other three times. Argyle lost to Alphington in their opening game of the season 3-2 away but walloped them 6-1 at the end of September to get their season up and running.

The young Pilgrims last played three weeks ago when they beat Feniton 7-3 in the League Cup. They had been due to play Plympton last weekend but the game was postponed.

Manager Rob Bonney said: “With the disappointment of last week’s cancellation, we will certainly hope there will be no rustiness as we host top of the league at Manadon Hub (2pm).

The match will be played on Manadon’s grass pitch for the first time and Argyle almost have a full squad to choose from. The only player still on the injury list is Greece Under-20 international defender Giota Papaioannou but her progress at the moment looks promising.

Bonney said: “This is another challenge. Alphington defeated us in the first game of the season. Our second game saw them leading at half-time but the second half we really turned in a first class performance to win the game. We will be looking for more of the same.

“It is frustrating having an enforced break but we will be looking to hit the floor running in what we believe to be a tough encounter. We are hoping to have a decent crowd turn up at a fantastic venue.”

Argyle development squad: Maddie Walsh, Rachel Javan, Rachel Heron, Beth Cowd, Isla Brumhead, Ellie Bishop,Maisie Williams, Kiara Robins, Beth Everson, Lucy Solloway, Hannah Brock, Nicola Champion, Dani Wyatt, Nelinha Barros, Maddy Leppard, Scarlett Williams, Chardonnay James, Dee Newman.

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