PLYMOUTH Argyle Ladies go into Sunday’s National League Plate quarter-final at home to Stevenage in good heart following their 8-1 drubbing of Buckland Athletic on Wednesday to reach the final of the Devon Senior Cup.
Stevenage are an unknown quantity for the Pilgrims. The Hertfordshire club are not having a good season in the National League South East Division, lying in eighth position. They were also thumped 7-0 by Yeovil Town in the National League Cup, but have beaten Ipswich Town and Maidenhead United away in the plate competition.
Argyle have reached the last eight by beating Buckland Athletic (7-1) and Wimbledon (3-1).
This week has been a headache for Argyle boss Dave Leonard as Devon Cup rules meant that Argyle were down to just 12 eligible players for Wednesday’s county cup tie. However, Leonard can call on youngsters Lucy Solloway (pictured) and Beth Everson to bolster the squad for Sunday’s tie.
Injured midfield pair Kayley Lane and Becky Dandridge have both had a scans on their damaged knees and are awaiting the results.
Leonard said: “Thankfully, we got through the Buckland game unscathed.
“We had Stevenage watched last week where they beat Watford development 2-0, but it is about what we do. We have to try to be positive in possession when we have the ball. It is our home game and we have got to take the game to them.”
Argyle (probable): Ben Kyle, Lydia Huntley, Helen Bleazard, Mollie Taylor, Kate Middleton, Bow Jackson Ebony Dover, Leah Burridge, Steph Beck, Faye Ivall, Natasha Knapman, Bethany Everson, Lucy Solloway.
Meanwhile, Argyle’s development team are hoping they can get their season up and running again after a string of postponements when they take on one of the league favourites Plympton.
This is a fixture that is always filled with excitement but the dynamics of the teams have changed dramatically.
With the transition within the squad of last season’s league winners Argyle, Plympton have the more established look about them.
It will prove to be another stern test for the improving Argyle youngsters in what should be another action-packed encounter.
Pilgrims manager Rob Bonney said: “First of all, it will be good to play again after such a long lay-off. Secondly, it will be a great test for our girls who ran Plympton close in the first encounter.
“Our girls are a confident group and they know they will have to be at their very best.”
As the grass pitch at Manadon is out of bounds, the game will be played on the 3G pitch at Plymstock School (2.30pm).
Argyle development (from): Maddie Walsh, Rachel Heron, Isla Brumhead, Jodie Randall, Maisie Williams, Kiara Robins, Maddy Leppard, Hannah Brock, Nicola Champion, Beth Cowd, Chardonnay James, Panagiota Papaioannou, Rachel Javan, Maisie Frickleton, Dee Newman, Leah Johnson, Milan Barros.