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Argyle’s development team end season on a high with 6-3 victory

WITH Plymouth Argyle Ladies’ first team match against Watford falling foul of the bad weather it was up to the club’s development side to end the year on a high.

And they did it in style by coming from behind three times before eventually seeing off a plucky Pen Mill side 6-3 at Saltmill in the South West League Western Division.

The development team were keen to a disappointing performance against the same opponents in the away fixture.

They started off in a positive way and were passing the ball around in a confident manner but for all of their possession they were behind 10 minutes into the game. A mix up in the centre of defence allowed Letty Templar to open the scoring with a clear run at goal.

The setback did not seem to affect them as once more they pushed forward with Kiara Robins setting the tone for most of their attacks.

They were soon on level terms when some great link up play found Alex Hugh, whose slide rule pass allowed Gabi Alphous (pictured top) to hit a long range effort high into the net.

Despite Argyle having a lot of the ball they were once more undone by a ball over the top. After goalkeeper Lindsay Rogers and defender Rachel Heron and both stopped shots, Pen Mill’s Hayley Todd made no mistake at the third attempt.

Argyle were almost on level terms when a short corner routine between Alex Hugh and Jodie Randall ending with the latter’s inviting cross flashing across the face of the goal.

Argyle eventually grabbed the equaliser five minutes before half-time. The influential Robins found Alphous just outside the Pen Mill penalty area, she in turn saw Maya Ridge making a run in behind the defence to fire the ball hard and low into the far corner of the net.

The second half was only five minutes in when the visitors regained their advantage when Templar was put through on goal to give Rogers no chance with a fierce well-placed shot.

Argyle immediately made changes and they had an immediate effect as Kelly Vinnicombe received the ball on the left and made a piercing run inside causing panic in the defence. She cleverly laid the ball to Alphous, who found Alex Hugh and she hit a trade mark fierce shot past the goalkeeper.

The Pilgrims eventually took the lead for the first time when Nicola Champion won the ball on the edge of the penalty area and set up Tamsin Medd-Gill to score.

The hosts were now totally dominant and created a host of chances. Once more it was the Vinnicombe, Hugh combination that set up Alphous for her second goal of the game.

Argyle increased their lead when Nicola Champion chased what seemed to be a lost cause to set up Medd-Gill to put in an unstoppable shot.

Manager Rob Bonney was pleased about certain aspects of their game and not so pleased about others saying: “Going forward we were very impressive and some of our link up play was very good. When the girls get it right they are a joy to watch and hard to play against.

“On the other hand we can make basic mistakes and make it difficult for ourselves. These are the aspects we as manager and coaches are working on.

“We have a young group and as I said before they are learning from every game and growing as a group. Our main concern in this game was our defending, we were very disjointed. This has been a frustrating aspect for the team this season, as we have never had a settled defence.

“At half-time our coaches Si Parnell and Jason Haswell certainly got their points across by highlighting our defence deficiencies and getting them more organised for the second half.

“But all in all the girls showed great character again, once more coming from behind and getting something out of the game.”

Argyle’s development team: Lindsay Rogers, Rachel Heron, Becky Parkyn (Abbi Scurr), Rachel Javan, Jodie Randall, Hannah Brock (Nicola Champion), Alex Hugh, Kiara Robins, Kelly Vinnicombe, Maya Ridge (Tamsin Medd-Gill), Gabi Alphous (Shania Fenlon).



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