Preview | Argyle Women vs MK Dons Women
This Sunday, Plymouth Argyle Women will host MK Dons in another crucial game in their battle to avoid relegation from the FA Women's National League.
Having won three games on the bounce thanks to Jemma Rose's screamer giving them a 2-1 win against Chichester & Selsey last weekend, Argyle will go into this weekend's game full of confidence of extending their excellent run.
Argyle have faced the Dons once already this season, in their final game of 2021, where the Greens suffered a 3-1 defeat at Stadium MK. Imy Crawford's equaliser wasn't enough to snatch a share of the spoils as goals from Taho & Bright gave MK Dons the three points.
At the time it was MK Dons first league win of the season, and it could be argued to have been the game that kickstarted both sides seasons. Since their victory over the Greens, MK Dons have shown a great upturn in form to pick up 15 points from their next ten games and close the gap on the teams above them.
Whereas for Argyle, it was the wake-up call they needed, and their difference in form since that game has seen them pick up 18 points from their last eight games, having only picked up three points from their first nine.
While both teams are fighting to stay in the league, Sunday's match will be between two of the form teams of 2022. Over the last eight games, Argyle sit third in the form table, while MK Dons are seventh. Demonstrating that while Sunday's game is, on paper, a relegation six-pointer, both sides will be going into the game in good form and expecting to win the match.
Last weekend both sides put out gritty, determined performances to earn their three points. Argyle battled hard to overcome a dogged Chichester side and showed great character to bounce back after conceding just four minutes into the match and go on to win by two goals to one thanks to Jemma's Rose's sensational strike.
MK Dons however, earned one of the results of the season, shocking highflyers Oxford United with a one-nil win to keep themselves within a point of Argyle.
Defeat for the Greens on Sunday would see MK Dons leapfrog Argyle out of the relegation zone. Argyle, however, would still have three games in hand on their opponents and two in hand on Cardiff City, who they are currently level on points with.
Three points for either side would see the victor take a massive step towards National League safety, however with both sides recent upturn in fortunes, it wouldn't be a surprise to see both sides avoid the drop, regardless of this weekend's result.
The game will be held at the Manadon Sports & Community Hub kick-off is at 2:30 pm, and tickets cost £3 for everyone with U3s having free entry. If you can’t make it to the game, then updates are available on social media @ArgyleWFC
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