Argyle / Football

Argyle look to beat West Brom and reach National League Plate final

PLYMOUTH Argyle Ladies will be playing arguably their most important game of the season on Sunday when they entertain West Bromwich Albion in the semi-finals of the National League Plate at Manadon (2pm).

The race for a top two finish in the league looks to be over, but this is believed to be the furthest the club have ever reached in a national competition.

Once again the club have appealed to the fans to come out and support them at the Manadon Sports Hub, with Argyle season ticket holders admit free.

West Brom are the current holders of the competition having beaten Liverpool Feds 5-1 in last season’s final.

They are not having the best of seasons in the National League Northern Division as they lie third from bottom, although they have only played eight league games.

However, they have had a great run in this competition. In this plate they have beaten Lincoln (2-1) away, Burton Albion (6-1) home, Larkhall Athletic (5-1) home and Bolton Wanderers (4-1) away.

Meanwhile, Argyle have overcome Buckland Athletic (7-1) away, Wimbledon (3-1) home and Stevenage (3-1) home.

The winner of Sunday’s game will meet either Middlesbrough or Watford in the final.

Manager Dave Leonard is fully aware of the importance of this tie.

He said: “I will be demanding an improvement on last week 100 per cent. We bring back Faye (Ivall), who hasn’t played for over six weeks, and Nelinha Barros has been brought in from the development team.

“It is a chance to get to a national final. It’s a great honour for us to try and get there.

“We’ve got a team from the Northern League and it’s great to meet a team from there  to see what they are like and to see their standard. I’m really looking forward to it.”

He added: “I spoke to the girls at training – we have had a few words. They are talking about putting last week’s match to bed and just getting on with the next game. Training was good this week and we are looking forward to Sunday.

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

Argyle’s development team are hoping to play only their third game three months when they face Alphington at Salt Mill in what will be a stern test (2pm).

Manager Rob Bonny had to wait on first team call-ups before naming their squad.

A win will leave the young Pilgrims top of the South West League Western Division.

Argyle’s development squad: Maddie Walsh, Jodie Randall, Maddy Leppard, Beth Cowd, Leah Johnson, Nicola Champion, Maisie Frickleton, Rachel Heron, Kiara Robins, Rachel Javan, Isla Brumhead, Hannah Brock, Dee Newman, Ellie Bishop, Rosie Shipp, Dani Wyatt.

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