Preview: Plymouth Argyle Ladies vs Watford Ladies

In what is set to be the season’s biggest game to date in the Southern Premier Division, Dave Leonard’s side welcome the Golden Girls to Home Park in a top-of-the-table clash.

Currently third – three spots better off than last season’s finish – the Devonshire side have the opportunity to summit the Southern Premier table if they take full advantage of their games in hand.

Plymouth will be keen to maintain their rich vein of form having won eleven consecutive games since September, with Yeovil Town, Cardiff City and most recently, Oxford United among the teams to have succumbed to The Green Army during their impressive run.

Easier said than done though as the table-topping Golden Girls look to strengthen their grip on the top spot.

Watford have won eight consecutive games stretching back to September, progressing to the Third Round of the FA Cup, the last eight of the FAWNL Plate, as well as setting the pace in the race for promotion to the FA Women’s Championship.

Natasha Knapman has found the net 14 times in the league this season for the Pilgrims – 20 goals in all competitions – which is just four goals shy of the total needed to take home last season’s Golden Boot Award.

However, Watford are equally impressive up front with Wales’ all-time top scorer, Helen Ward former Spanish international futsal player Andrea Carid having scored nine goals apiece this campaign.

It presents an intriguing contest full of narratives: first versus potentially first; Ward versus Knapman; top goal scorers versus the team with the best goal difference; a team looking to bounce back to their former glory days versus a side keen to continue progressing through the leagues.

So many narratives and one certainty – for the first time in many months at least one side will drop points this weekend.

Sunday’s fixture is set to take place Home Park, which has been a favourable venue for Argyle Ladies in recent years as 450 fans watched the Pilgrims be crowned Division One South West champions in 2018 and nearly double that number, 846, were in attendance to see them face Pompey last season.

It will also mark a special moment in the club’s history as the newly-built Mayflower Grandstand at Home Park welcomes fans for the very first time.

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