Cardiff City LFC vs Plymouth Argyle WFC Preview

By Matt Chedgzoy

Cardiff City Ladies will look to bounce back from last weekend’s late defeat at home to Portsmouth when they welcome Plymouth Argyle Women to Newport Stadium on Sunday afternoon (2PM kick-off).

The Dragons were leading league-leaders Pompey until the final stages of the game thanks to an Ellie Sargent goal, only for Emma Jones to snatch victory for the visitors with a late brace. 

This weekend’s opposition sit two places and three points behind Cardiff in the league table and will be looking to arrest a recent slide in form when they travel to south Wales.

 

Opposition Focus 

Plymouth Argyle are contesting their fifth consecutive season at tier 3. Having finished immediately above the relegation zone in the the last two campaigns, Argyle are enjoying a more comfortable season this time around, with an 11-point buffer to the bottom two at this stage. 

The south coast outfit began 2023/24 with a difficult 6-0 defeat at the hands of Billericay Town but have gone on to record high-scoring wins over the likes of Cheltenham Town (3-2, twice), London Bees (5-1) and MK Dons (3-4).

Argyle also enjoyed a memorable Women’s FA Cup run, winning three games on the bounce (including a 13-0 drubbing of Ilminster Town) before bowing out to FAWNL Northern Premier promotion-chasers Nottingham Forest.

They also tasted FAWNL League Cup victory against local rivals Exeter City at the beginning of the season before Cardiff City Ladies defeated them at Ocean Park Arena in the first round proper. Goals from Chloe Lloyd, Cori Williams and Ellie Sargent gave City the first of their two wins against the Pilgrims this season.

The other came in the league at Plymouth’s Devon County FA base in December – a brace from Grace Horrell-Williams cancelled out Mia Endacott’s first half goal as City came from behind to win 2-1 and taste victory after four consecutive defeats. 

20 of Plymouth’s 28 league goals this season have been scored by forward Ellie Sara, who netted a hattrick in last month’s 3-4 victory away to MK Dons. Argyle’s prolific number 9 netted five first-half goals in her side’s cup win against Ilminster and has averaged a goal per game this season. 

At the other end of the field, Plymouth are yet to keep a clean sheet in the league this season and only London Bees have conceded more goals in 2023/24.

Bumper crowd sees Dragons push Pompey close

A fantastic attendance of 1,100 saw Cardiff City Ladies take on Portsmouth Women at Newport Stadium last weekend.

The total represents the club’s highest home crowd of the season as supporters of both sides created a fantastic atmosphere throughout the game.

Thank you to all for your continued support!

Billingham signs for Cardiff City Ladies

The club were delighted this week to announce the signing of Wales youth international Lily Billingham from FAWNL Southern Premier counterparts Cheltenham Town.

The midfielder joined the Robins from Adran Premier side Cardiff City Women last summer and has made 15 league appearances this season. 

Billingham moves back to south Wales with a number of international caps and valuable tier 3 experience under her belt.

She will be in contention for this weekend’s fixture. Welcome, Lily!

 

Form Guide 

Cardiff tasted defeat for the first after three consecutive wins last weekend, while Plymouth will be looking to avoid a third straight loss.

 

Last 5:

Cardiff City: LWWWL

Plymouth Argyle: WLWLL

 

Address

Newport Stadium

Stadium Way

Newport

NP19 4PT

 

How to follow

For supporters who cannot make it to Newport, game updates will be available across our social media pages.

Twitter/X – @CardiffCityLFC

Instagram – @cardiffcitylfc