Argyle women v Portsmouth preview

Preview | Argyle Women v Portsmouth (H)

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After five weeks on the road, Argyle Women return home to take on Portsmouth in the FA Women’s National League Southern Premier Division.

Argyle's long spell away from home ended with last-minute victory last Sunday, after a close and tense battle against Chatham. Despite conceding early on, Argyle's spirit showed no signs of dropping as they continued to work hard to level the scoreline.

A sensational curled effort from Charlotte Whitmore levelled the match and some superb stops from Jasmine Read kept the Greens in the game. Argyle took their chance to snatch the lead in the dying embers of the match through Taya Pomfret, who slotted Whitmore’s corner ball into the back of the net, sending the Argyle players and staff into jubilation.

“We couldn’t be prouder of the girls last weekend,” said manager Ryan Perks on reflection. “They could’ve given more in the first half, but they showed in the second half what they are capable of. They listened to our feedback at half-time and knew they needed to do better. They went out and ensured that they’d secure three points from a match that had the possibility of us having none.

“We’re now in a position where we’re four points clear from the relegation zone with a game in hand. If we can continue to build on performances like that when we come to play the teams in and around us I’m really confident that we can get more points and move further away from danger.”

This Sunday’s match sees a change of venue for Argyle, as the Greens play host to Portsmouth at Torpoint Athletic’s The Mill. Portsmouth currently sit third in the FAWNL Southern Premier Division and after an impressive start to the season have garnered a goal difference of 32 goals, one of the highest in the FAWNL.

“They’re a well-drilled side and they’ve had even more investment this year,” said Perks when asked about the opposition. “They’ve brought in some top players over the summer, so it’s not a case of worrying about one or two players this year; they have five or six threats on the pitch. We’re not under any illusion that it’s going to be an easy game. It’s down to us to try and make it a difficult game for them and hopefully come away with something from 90 minutes of hard work.”

The game will be held at The Mill, Torpoint. 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.

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