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Pilgrims Looking for Four in a Row

20 September 2019

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ARGYLE Ladies heading for the capital on Sunday to play Hounslow and the club are hoping that London-based Argyle supporters will turn up to support them as they did at Gillingham.

Hounslow Women play their games at Uxbridge Football Club, Honeycroft, West Drayton UB7 8HX and Sunday’s game kicks-off at 2pm.

The Pilgrims are looking to make it four wins in a row following excellent wins against Gillingham (2-0), Keynsham Town (6-1) and Yeovil Town (5-1). Hounslow, who changed their name from Queens Park Rangers this season have not had the best of starts, as they have only picked up one point to date and went down 6-0 at home to Watford on Wednesday.

Argyle have added two new quality players to the squad as former Crystal Palace and Gillingham defender Lydia Huntley has joined the lady Pilgrims. The popular Huntley, who played in all of Gillingham's 30 games last season, was voted players/player and is a valuable acquisition. The promising 19 year-old has come to Devon to study Sports and Exercise Science at the University of Exeter. The teenager follows Bow Jackson, who had recently signed from Calgary Foothills and both go straight into the squad.

Remarking on Huntley, manager Dave Leonard said: “We are delighted to have signed a player that comes with a high-quality background, and at only 19 years old, she can take us to the next level.”

Leonard now has a huge headache on his hands as the inclusion of the two new signings Jackson and Huntley means he takes a squad of 16 to London.

Leonard said: “My job is to take the team to the next level, I'm serious at what I am trying to do with Argyle Ladies as my aim is to take the club to the next level, I've got a job to do. I've got to make decisions and that is what football is all about and I won't shirk away from making big decisions.

“I am absolutely delighted and the competition for places is now serious and that can only be good for Plymouth Argyle Ladies. There is nothing worse than going to a home of a wounded animal, we travelled their last year and we struggled, we will not take teams lightly and I will never allow my team to take a team lightly, we have got a difficult game on our hands.”

Argyle squad: Becky Kyle, Leah Burridge, Kate Middleton, Mollie Taylor, Helen Bleazard, Kayley Lane, Steph Beck, Zoe Cunningham, Faye Ivall, Becky Dandridge, Amber Pollock, Jessie Jones, Natasha Knapman, Ebony Dover, Bow Jackson, Lydia Huntley.

Once again, there will be changes to the Development squad for their third game of the season when they travel to St Agnes. The Bad news is one of the changes is enforced, as Greek under 20 international Giota Papaioannou suffered a thigh injury in last week’s game and has been ruled out. Also missing will be Scarlett Williams and the impressive Nelinha Barros.

On the plus side, into the squad comes Nicola Champion and Kiara Robins, who made a cameo appearance last week after injury. Manager Rob Bonney is waiting on fitness checks on Maisie Williams and Ellie Bishop. The coaching staff are happy with the performances of the team in their first two outings and know the team will be working hard to gain the points their play deserves.

Squad from: Maddie Walsh, Rachel Javan, Jodie Randall, Rachel Heron, Hannah Brock, Lucy Solloway, Dani Wyatt, Beth Cowd, Leah Johnson, Dee Newman, Kiara Robins, Nicola Champion, Maddy Leppard, Maisie Williams, Ellie Bishop, Chardonnay James


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