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ARGYLE Ladies have joined an online challenge with the aim of keeping fit, involved and having fun during these strange times.

The girls decided to have a keepy-uppy challenge – not with a football but with a toilet roll. Leah Burridge started with a score of 16, followed by captain Kate Middleton (17), Bow Jackson (11 with a much larger kitchen roll) and goalkeeper Ben Kyle with Steph Beck keeping the roll up for 20 times.

The challenge has been taken up by female players all over the country and there was also an edition from Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

Before the enforced break in football, Panagotia Papaioannou, Steph Beck, Lydia Huntley and Bow Jackson were out in force at Home Park to celebrate international women's day, with director of football Trevor Rodd also in attendance to discuss women in sport.

It is a difficult time for everyone but Argyle players know they must keep up their fitness levels in the hope that the season will resume.

Manager Dave Leonard said: “The girls are keeping fit, we gave them an individual plan over the season to do anyway, so they will be doing all their own stuff – it’s just a case of them maintaining their fitness.

“They all have individual programmes which they log and send off to [coach] Vicky [Fannon]. She logs it and tells me how everyone is doing. She is co-ordinating it and, to be fair, the girls are buying into it.

They do this on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, with the girls obviously not now but coming together as a group on a Wednesday. No-one has an idea of whether this season is going to finish or not. Our problem is we cannot fit in evening games because of distances we would have to travel, so I think we will struggle to fit in the games we have got left. The FA will have a difficult job to fit in our fixtures.

As it stands Argyle have eight matches remaining: Oxford United, Milton Keynes, Chichester City, Portsmouth and Cardiff City at home and Portsmouth, Keynsham Town, and Watford away.