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Plymouth Argyle Women return to Home Park Stadium this Sunday for their first round of the Women's FA Cup against Ilminster Town Ladies FC.

Ryan Perks’ side will take to the Theatre of Greens for the first time this season following last week's postponed fixture at The Mill, which due to FA Cup fixtures taking priority resulted in the match being moved to the next available opportunity.

Last time at Home Park Stadium Argyle was able to secure their first victory of the calendar year against Cardiff City Ladies in the FAWNL Cup after two second-half goals from Zoe Cunningham and Lily Greenslade edged out the Welsh side after a narrow battle across both halves. 1,518 attended the Greens second Home Park fixture of the 2022/23 season and Manager Ryan Perks as well as the players are keen to rally another loud and passionate crowd to get behind the team once more as they look to advance further into the FA Cup.

“Our match against Cardiff earlier this year was one of our best memories of the 2022/23 season,” said Perks on reflection of the game. “It had been a very back-and-forth match and although we probably could’ve won more comfortably if we took some of the chances we created, it ended up being an entertaining match for the fans who came in numbers to support us on the day.

"As an Argyle fan myself having the opportunity to walk out into Home Park and manage this team to victory, there’s nothing quite like it. Hopefully this weekend we can make it happen again and positively kickstart our FA Cup campaign whilst once again showcasing to our fans what we’re capable of as a team.”

Ilminster Town Ladies stand in Argyle's path to the second round of the FA Cup this weekend and will look to cause a major upset after a positive start to their league campaign in the Southwest Regional Women’s Football League. Although currently top of their league by three points Ilminster recorded their first loss of the season recently against Helston Athletic Women, breaking their seven-game win streak.

Perks added: “Although the game has been moved to Home Park and the stage and occasion have become bigger, we still have a job to get done this weekend. Our game plan hasn’t really changed much from last week and our focus is still to look at what we can do over 90 minutes as opposed to focusing on what Ilminster can do.

"Ilminster have had a good start to their season and they’ll be just as eager as we are to continue to progress further into the FA Cup as well as having the added incentive of causing an upset at Home Park Stadium. We've just got to make sure that we don’t underestimate them and keep our performance levels at 100% for the full 90 minutes and I’m confident we can come away with the win.”

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