Devon Derby II
PLYMOUTH Argyle Ladies are going into Thursday evenings crucial Premier League South West Division One match against Devon rivals Exeter City...
...looking to make it an Argyle winning double after the men came away with a 2-0 victory on Saturday.
Argyle will be buoyed by the fact that they have started the season with two impressive victories and will look to kick on against their Devin rivals. The last time the pair met, Argyle came away with a 3-2 victory at Exeter in February before winning the Devon Senior Cup.
The previous league meeting saw Argyle win 5-0 before ending the season with a 1-1 draw to secure what was then called the South West Combination League for promotion to the Premier League Southern Division in the 2013-14 season.
Up for the challenge will be Argyle’s top striker Natasha Knapman who scored a hat full of goals for the Greens before joining Exeter City where she continued in that vein. It was then off to Super League Two outfit Yeovil Town where last season she was among the goals. Unfortunately, a lack of goals and the signing of new strikers this season saw her make the decision to return to the Pilgrims.
Industrious Dani Barr who is now living in Plymouth will also be looking to get one over on her old team mates. Manager Dave Leonard is looking to have a full squad available for the game, the only absentee being Kayley Lane.
The match kicks off at 7:30 at Haye Road, home of Elburton Villa Football Club and a good gate is expected to watch the new look Pilgrims. Paul Sara is the match ball sponsor and his daughter Ellie will be carrying the ball onto the pitch and is a successful under 12 trialist. Helping to lead Argyle out on the pitch will be our match-day mascots from the SB Frankfort Under-10 girls’ team.
Plymouth Argyle will be thankful for avoiding some potential banana skins as they are drawn away to South West League Eastern Division outfit Ilminster Town in the Third Qualifying Round of the SSE FA Cup. Ilminster came through on penalty kicks at Middlezoy Rovers after drawing 2-2 after extra time in the second qualifying round on Sunday. The tie is due to be played on Sunday, October 9.