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Argyle Ladies hope for good crowd as they host Crawley in vital home league game

PLYMOUTH Argyle Ladies are appealing for fans to turn out in force on Sunday when they take on Crawley Wasps in an important National League Southern Premier Division match at Manadon (2pm).

“If we can get just half of the fan numbers that turned up at Home Park to watch us play Watford then the girls will be pleased,” said manager Dave Leonard.

The club will hope to exceed the gate of 245 which turned up to see Argyle beat Yeovil Town 6-1 at Manadon in September.

Argyle may have lost their last three matches but they are still in with a chance of a top two finish and a win against Crawley will get them back on track.

And they do have plenty of home games to come, having only played three times in Plymouth in the league this season.  Sunday’s game will be only their second at home in 17 weeks.

The Pilgrims were beaten 2-0 away by Crawley in their opening match of the season when they felt they at least deserved a point.

Crawley will be difficult opponents as they have won all four of their away matches to date conceding just two goals.

Argyle were not at their best last week when their injury ravaged squad went out of the FA Cup at Watford, although there was a small silver cloud on the horizon as they avoided a long journey north to play either Fylde or Sunderland in the next round.

“There is good news as we have got Greek international Panagiota Papaioannou back fully fit,” said manager Leonard. “But there is a doubt about two or three players who we will assess before the match.

“It’s going to be a tough game but I am not daunted by the size of the task, although Crawley have been in the top two all season.

“I think we have got a score to settle with them.  I think they caught us unprepared in our first match of the season but I feel we are more experienced now than then so to me that’s a positive. Hopefully, we will go and give them a good battle.”

Leonard has included midfield pairing Kayley Lane and Becky Dandridge, who missed the Watford game in the squad, while teenagers Nelinha Barros and Beth Everson are also included.

Argyle: Ben Kyle, Lydia Huntley, Helen Bleazard, Mollie Taylor, Kate Middleton, Bow Jackson, Nelinha Barros, Ebony Dover, Leah Burridge, Steph Beck, Faye Ivall, Zoe Cunningham, Natasha Knapman, Bethany Everson, Panagiota Papaioannou, Kayley Lane, Becky Dandridge.

Argyle’s development team are once again without a match this weekend.

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