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Argyle Ladies look for vital win at Oxford United to keep in title race

PLYMOUTH Argyle Ladies head for Oxford United on Sunday looking for a win that will keep them in the hunt for the National League Southern Premier Division title.

The Pilgrims need to get back on track after going down 5-4 against Watford at Home Park in front of 800 fans last weekend.

Reflecting on the Watford match manager Dave Leonard said: “The supporters were fantastic and the more games the girls play at Home Park the less daunted they will become.

“A massive thank you to chairman Simon Hallett and the board, and all the volunteers who came.”

It has been a tough couple of weeks for Argyle the previous Sunday they had to battle hard to a narrow 4-3 win over Oxford in the FA Cup.

This weekend’s league match at Oxford will be Plymouth’s last before the new year and is important with vital points at stake.

“Last Sunday three points was crucial, but this Sunday it is even more so,” said Leonard.

“These are the most important three points of the season without any shadow of a doubt we need to make amends and get back to basics and get it right. Our season wasn’t defined in one game.”

Leonard was full of praise for club captain Katie Middleton, who has stood in for injured goalkeeper Ben Kyle and has been in outstanding form.

“She is just an amazing human being in herself,” said Leonard. “She is Plymouth Argyle through and through. I can put her on a pedestal and say she is the greatest Plymouth Argyle Ladies player we have ever had. She has come back fitter and stronger and I’ve got a lot of time for her.”

It has been a remarkable season for Argyle in cup competitions and they have now been drawn away to Buckland Athletic in the semi-finals of the Devon Senior Cup.

Taking in to account the FA Cup visit to Watford, Argyle will have played six out of seven cup ties away from home.

“I wish we had a home tie but that’s the way it goes and we have to get on with it,” said Leonard.

Argyle: Katie Middleton, Bow Jackson, Lydia Huntley, Mollie Taylor, Leah Burridge, Ebony Dover, Jessie Jones, Kayley Lane, Zoe Cunningham, Amber Pollock, Helen Bleazard, Natasha Knapman, Rebecca Dandridge, Faye Ivall, Steph Beck. Bethany Everson.

Argyle’s development team do not have a South West League Western Division until January 5 when they visit fellow title challengers Feniton.

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