Ladies away Portsmouth preview
FOLLOWING last week's 3-2 win at Queens Park Rangers, Plymouth Argyle Ladies find themselves on the road again on Sunday when they visit Portsmouth in a National League Southern Division Dockyard derby.
Portsmouth have had a mixed start to the season, winning three and losing three. Heading their scorers is the dangerous Daisy McLachlan, who has already scored seven goals this season. Argyle last played Portsmouth in the 2015-16 relegation season, losing 5-2 and 6-0, and Portsmouth go into the game on the back of a 9-0 National League Plate win at Poole Town.
The management team of Trevor Rodd and Dave Leonard have a difficult task in picking a squad. Flying winger Amber Pollock (pictured) has returned from holiday and Steph Beck has made herself available as she has recovered from illness which put her put of last week's game.
One of the things which has to be addressed is the team's poor defensive record. In six matches, they have scored 20 goals but have conceded 14. Rodd said: "We are looking forward to back to back wins on the road. The players have impressed in training, worked hard and pulled together. We welcome back Amber and Steph which means there is plenty of optinions to choose from."
Argyle continue to be on the road until October 28 as, after visiting Portsmouth, they return along the south coast to play Southampton in the National League Cup and visit Bideford in the start of their defence of the Devon Senior Cup. The next home match is against Cardiff City on October 28.
Possible squad: Lindsay Rogers, Darcey Hepworth, Mollie Taylor, Kate Middleton, Becca Wakley, Steph Beck, Faye Ivall, Kayley Lane, Helen Bleazard, Zoe Cunningham, Jessica Jones, Becky Dandridge, Amber Pollock, Tamsin Medd-Gill, Ebony Dover.
South West League Western Division
THE Development team are also on their travels again, at Alphington. They welcome back Charlie Rollerson, who decided that she wants to be considered despite waiting for an operation on her broken nose. Young Tamsin Medd-Gill could also be included after her first-team exploits and there is a return in goal for Amy Darnley, who missed last week's game.
On the injury front, there are doubts around Becky Parkyn (neck), Kelly Vinnicombe (hip) and Shania Fenlon (back). They are all included in the squad but will face a fitness test before the game.
Alphington have won all their four league games and head Argyle on goal difference.
Possible squad: Amy Darnley, Vicki Fannon, Morgan Friend, Jodie Randall, Maya Ridge, Nicola Champion, Gabi Alphous, Sally Salter, Alex Hugh, Hannah Brock, Kiara Robins, Rachel Javan, Tamsin Medd-Gill, Charlie Rollerson, Becky Parkyn, Kelly Vinnicombe, Shania Fenlon.