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Argyle expecting a tough challenge as they return to action against Yeovil Town

PLYMOUTH Argyle Ladies return to action after a three week lay-off on Sunday when they face a difficult trip to Bridgwater College to play Yeovil Town in the National League Southern Premier Division.

The Pilgrims beat Yeovil 5-1 at home in September, but the Glovers have lost just one league game since then – a 4-3 defeat at Oxford United.

After a disappointing start to the season, Yeovil re-appointed Jamie Sherwood as manager.

Sherwood took the team into the Super League before standing down, but since his return he has seen his side win four, draw two and lose just one of their last eight league games to move up to sixth.

The Somerset side, who are now only four points behind fourth-placed Argyle, are well served up front with experienced captain Annie Heatherson (18) and Sarah Wiltshire (17) their leading scorers.

Argyle manager Dave Leonard said: “If I were in their shoes I would be wanting to settle a score. I think they will want to put things right but we have to be ourselves. We know we are in for a really tough game.”

Argyle welcome back Bow Jackson and Leah Burridge as well as 16-year-old Libby Lawton.

Argyle (from): Ben Kyle, Giota Papaioannou, Lydia Huntley, Helen Bleazard, Mollie Taylor, Kate Middleton, Bow Jackson Ebony Dover, Leah Burridge, Steph Beck, Faye Ivall, Natasha Knapman, Bethany Everson, Libby Lawton, Kayley Lane, Becky Dandridge, Vicky Fannon and Zoe Cunningham.

Argyle’s development team hope to finally host Bristol Ladies Union in their long-awaited League Cup quarter-final at the Manadon Hub on Sunday.

It has been a frustrating period for the Pilgrims’ reserve side, who last played a month ago.

They have had a pitch that has been fit to play on for the last two weeks, but recent storms have prevented their opponents from travelling.

The manager and coaching staff are frustrated at only having one competitive game since the beginning of December.

Manager Rob Bonney said: “The girls have been training constantly and having competitive games involving the first team. They know the standard they must reach in these particular games, so hopefully this will hold them in good stead in which will be a big task on Sunday.

“We are a good team and we are pitting our wits against a team from the Northern Division so it should it prove an interesting encounter.”

Bristol are on an eight-match unbeaten run, while Argyle’s development team have won their last nine.

Argyle Development (from): Maddy Walsh, Hannah Brock, Dani Wyatt, Lucy Solloway, Rachel Javan, Leah Johnson, Beth Cowd, Isla Brumhead, Nicola Champion, Dee Newman, Kiara Robins, Maisie Williams, Maddy Leppard, Jodie Randall, Rachel Heron, Nelinha Barros.

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