ARGYLE Ladies go into Sunday's Premier League Plate cup tie against Luton Town in confident mood following Sunday's FA Cup win at Ilminster Town. The Pilgrims were knocked out of the Premier League Cup 3-2 at AFC Wimbledon but enter the Plate competition knowing they had already beaten Luton in the Premier League Cup 5-0 in the 2014/15 season. The tie has been switched from the Elburton Villa FC Haye Road ground to Majons with a 2pm kick off.
Manager Dave Leonard said: “I am looking forward to the game as it will be a good test. It is nice to play another team out of our league and area, but being a cup match, it’s anyone’s game. We have been superb in the opening 45 minutes but they know their expectations [to perform for the full 90].”
Argyle have been drawn at home to fellow Premier League South West Division One outfit Basingstoke Town in the FA Cup on Sunday 13th November, ironically the same day they were due to receive them in the league. Argyle earned a much-needed £500 for beating Ilminster, with £600 on offer for Sunday's winners.
Argyles Reserves will play their Westward Developments Devon League Cup rearranged first round tie against Lakeside Athletic at the Parkway Sports & Social Club on Sunday with a 2:30pm kick off.
In the meantime, Leonard is continuing to build his squad for the clubs two teams with another batch of players being recruited. Lennon Lewis, an 18 year-old left-sided midfielder has dual signed from Illogan RBL after she contacted the club asking for a trial.
Gabi Alphous is also 18, she was scouted whilst playing for Lakeside Athletic. The teenage striker has rapid pace which was apparent when she scored four goals on her debut for the Reserves against Buckland Athletic Reserves and has come on as a substitute in the last two first-team games.
Tori Marks is 19 and has just moved to Plymouth as a student at Marjons. Marks contacted Leonard to ask if she could come to training and, once seen, was immediately signed. A proven striker, Marks played for Charlestown of the South West League for the past three seasons and scored 65 goals in 52 games.
Jessica Fox is a promising 16 year-old goalkeeper who came through the age groups at Plymouth Argyle Advance Girls Development Centre. Fox was always going to be the reserve team goalkeeper as soon as she turned 16 last week and has a great future in the game.
Katrin Pleus is a 25 year old from Germany who now lives in Totnes. The midfielder last played in 2013 for SV Bawinkel in Northern Germany. Another player to return to the fold is teenager Abbie Scurr who took a year out of football to focus on her studying.
A number of the ladies team have been busy this week lending their talents by helping to coach local girls teams such as SB Frankfurt under 10's and Elm United under 14's as part of the National Girls Football week run by the FA.