SSE Women’s FA Cup preview – 12. Plymouth Argyle v AFC Wimbledon

We continue our look at each match-up in the Women’s FA Cup second round now with the twelfth tie drawn out of the hat – Plymouth Argyle versus AFC Wimbledon. This is one of only two all-WPL Division One ties in this round (the other being Long Eaton United v Brighouse Town).

Both of these teams have been playing well in the first half of the season, and are both in second place of their respective divisions, one point off the top of the table. Plymouth’s eight wins and a defeat from nine league games sees them battling for the South West Division One title with undefeated Chichester City, while AFC Wimbledon’s eight wins from thirteen is enough to put them a point behind leaders Cambridge United, though with more games played.

Despite the similarities in their records this season, they’re both coming off the back of seasons that could hardly have been more different. AFC Wimbledon are the reigning London & South East Regional League champions, winning promotion to the WPL after finishing the campaign undefeated, some eleven points clear of second-placed London Corinthians. Plymouth meanwhile finished rock bottom of the WPL Southern Division, taking just six points from 22 games.

Since the FA Cup first round games on 4 December, Plymouth have only played once. Their scheduled WPL game against Chichester City on the 11th was postponed, but they managed to pick up three league points away to St Nicholas on the 18th thanks to a 4-1 win. AFC Wimbledon had a re-match of their first round match against Norwich City on December 11th, but this time the Dons could only manage a 1-1 draw. A week later they beat Ipswich Town 4-1, meaning they picked up four league points on their travels across East Anglia prior to the Christmas break.

Plymouth and AFC Wimbledon have met once already this season in the Determining Round of the WPL Cup. On that occasion, back in September, Wimbledon were 3-2 victors, sending Plymouth into the WPL Plate draw and themselves into the second round (via a first round bye). Neither side progressed any further into either competition though, both lost their next game to end their participation.

My prediction: Although AFC Wimbledon won the previous meeting between these teams, that was on home ground. This time they will have to travel to the far corner of Devon, and that could make the difference. I’m going to pick Plymouth Argyle to win this one, although it should be a tight game.

The stats

Plymouth Argyle (@ArgyleLFC)

FA Women’s Premier League, South West Division One (level 4)
League form: w8 d0 l1 gd+34 = 2nd place out of 12

2016/17 FA Cup
3Q – Ilminster Town (level 6) 0-4 Plymouth Argyle
4Q – Plymouth Argyle 3-1 Basingstoke Town (4)
1R – Plymouth Argyle W/O Forest Green Rovers (3)

2015/16 FA Cup
2R – Charlton Athletic (3) 9-0 Plymouth Argyle

AFC Wimbledon (@AFCWLadiesGirls)

FA Women’s Premier League, South East Division One (level 4)
League form: w8 d2 l3 gd+11 = 2nd place out of 12

2016/17 FA Cup
3Q – Bexhill United (level 6) 0-6 AFC Wimbledon
4Q – AFC Wimbledon 4-2 Denham United (4)
1R – Norwich City (4) 1-4 AFC Wimbledon

2015/16 FA Cup
1Q – AFC Wimbledon 9-0 Regents Park Rangers (6)
2Q – AFC Wimbledon 10-0 Abbey Rangers (7)
3Q – Gillingham (4) 7-0 AFC Wimbledon


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