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Plymouth Argyle defender Jemma Rose was delighted with her side's 6-0 victory away to fellow South West Combination title hopefuls Team Bath in the Second Round of the F.A.Women's Cup on Sunday.
The Devon side produced a powerful attacking display to record an emphatic win and Jemma told Women's Soccer Scene after the game: "I'm extremely chuffed with the way the girls performed today.
"We coped under pressure, with getting here late and not having time to warm up, but the girls still performed well and got the job done."
Plymouth had been held up en route to Bath because of an accident on their way to the ground and, although putting in a good display, Jemma feels there is more to come from the side. "We've played well today but we can still play better," she insists. "There are still a few things we have got to work on, like our setpieces for example, but we are going to work on that in training."
One of the biggest obstacles that Plymouth faced on the day was a hailstorm which engulfed the pitch for a 10-minute spell during the second half. "The hailstorm was a bit painful," Jemma laughs, "but we managed to fight through it and get the victory in the end. It hurt a bit as it hit you, if you were stood at the back with nothing to do, but I just got on with it."
The weather at Bath was in complete contrast to that in New Zealand, where Jemma was a member of the successful England under-17 squad which finished in fourth place at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup. Jemma, who had only arrived back home a few days earlier, quipped: "It was boiling hot over in New Zealand and I am just getting used to the weather back over here."
Jemma spent most of the time on the bench in New Zealand but she has brought home happy memories from her time there. "It was a great experience, a once in a lifetime opportunity and I loved every minute of it," she enthused. "To get to the semi finals was beyond what was expected of us and I am really proud of the girls.
"Lois Fidler is really nice and a good coach to work with - all of the girls get on really well with her. Being there inspires me to get better and hopefully get picked next time."
For now, Jemma will be totally concentrated on playing for Plymouth and, although a Cup run would be welcome, the main attention is focused on reaching the Premier League, particularly after finishing as runners-up in the South West Combination in each of the past two seasons. "It's extremely important that we get promotion this year," she says. "It's our aim and all of the girls are working so hard to get there. Hopefully it is going to be our year because we want it so badly."
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