Preview | Argyle Women v AFC Stoneham (H)
Argyle's run in the Adobe Women's FA Cup continues this Sunday at Coach Road as they look to advance further into the competition with a win over AFC Stoneham Ladies.
Ryan Perks’ side put on an emphatic and dominating display at the Theatre of Greens last weekend, in round one, netting 13 goals against Ilminster Town Ladies in the first round. Mia Endacott opened up the scoring for the Greens with a finish from close range shortly after kick-off. Striker Ellie Sara continued Argyle's momentum in front of goal, scoring five before the half ended.
Forwards Rebecca Dandridge and Charlotte Whitmore secured their braces in the second half whilst Tamsin Medd-Gill, Katie Dickson and Jemma Rose’s goals rounded out a clinical overall display.
“It was a professional performance from the girls last weekend,” said Perks. “It’s good to hit the ground running in the first round of the FA Cup. The girls were clinical and showcased what we as a team are about. Cup matches are never easy matches and with the added pressure of playing in front of a large crowd at Home Park, the girls showed what we as a team are made of and proved that we can perform on the big stage.
"It's always a special moment for us as players and staff to play at Home Park and each time we do we want to come away with a good performance and result. I’m delighted we were able to achieve that but now our focus turns onto our next FA Cup game and keeping up our momentum as we look to go even further in the competition.”
AFC Stoneham travel to Coach Road, Newton Abbot, this Sunday after knocking Sticker AFC Ladies out of the competition away from home two weeks ago. The Purples currently sit top of the Southern Regional Women's Football League, which is three divisions below Argyle, and will be looking to build upon their positive form with an upset this weekend.
Perks is confident that if his side plays as well as last week, then the Greens can push on further in the competition as well as continue to build momentum for their return to league action in December.
He said: “It’s similar to last week for us in the sense that we can only do so much research on the team. Because of that, we’ll just again focus on our strengths and how we can control the match as a whole.
"The players are all buzzed after last week's game but the focus is still there, and they know that a job still needs to be done on the day. Stoneham will want to win that match just as much as we do and we will have to be on it from the get-go if we want to advance further.”
The game will be held at Coach Road, Newton Abbot. Kick-off is at 2pm, tickets cost £5 for adults, £3 for concessions while Under-16s have free entry. If you cannot make it to the game, then updates are available on social media @ArgyleWFC.