ARGYLE Ladies will be looking for back-to-back wins following their first win in the league this season away to Queens Park Rangers last Sunday.
Argyle took the lead 15 minutes in, with Mollie Taylor opening the scoring for the away side. The Pilgrims were soon pegged back to 10 players, as Natalie Volpini was shown a straight red just 10 minutes after the opener.
Despite having one player fewer, Argyle were determined to leave London with all three points, and with Taylor scoring her second of the game just seven minutes after Volini’s dismissal, the ladies seemingly had all three points in the bag. QPR did hit back in the 70th minute, but 10 player Argyle held on for the victory.
Kevin Taylor guided Argyle ladies to pass his predecessor’s away points tally last week and was the Pilgrims first away win in the WPL since December 2011.
“It was a massive three points for us” said Kevin.
“Not so much because we won, or the opposition, but the manner of the victory, bearing in mind we had to battle for 74 minutes with 10 players.
“The commitment and desire of the players was first class on the day. In some ways, Natalie’s red card spurred us on to win and has set a catalyst for what will be some difficult matches in the coming weeks.”
The ladies secured their first win in League last week, and the Argyle manager feels that this win could really propel the Pilgrims to kick start their season.
Argyle have had a sluggish start to the season prior to their victory last week – no wins in the league, one draw, and three losses.
“The ladies know now what can be achieved with a lot of determination and hard work,” said Kevin.
“We have some hard games to come over the next few weeks where we will have to no doubt dig in as a group like we did against QPR.”
Next up for the ladies is a home tie against Coventry United this Sunday, and Taylor feels his side are in for another tough game, as well as a bit of a selection headache ahead of this Sundays match.
“Coventry United are a bit of an unknown quantity having switched from the Northern Section of the FA WPL where they finished runners up last season.
“We are under no illusions that they will be a very useful outfit, especially judging by their home form to date, but we can take some inspiration from the fact that they lost 5-1 in their only away fixture so far.
“We will once again be without Jessie Jones, who is away with England U17s, and Ellie Dorey has returned to University this week.
“Rebekah Rose and Laura Perrett are both working and Emily Mousley is still out with her knee injury.
“On the plus side, Katie Middleton returns to the squad as does Amber Pollock.”
Argyle take on Coventry United this Sunday at Elburton Villa FC, 2pm kick-off.