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Argyle Ladies turn on the style second half against Exeter City

PLYMOUTH Argyle Ladies produced a devastating second half performance to see off their Devon rivals Exeter City 8-3 on Thursday evening in their second pre-season match.

It will be a good confidence booster for Argyle who have to travel to Exeter on Sunday, August 25, in the National League Cup.

Argyle were without Becky Dandridge, Ebony Dover and Kayley Lane, but included 16-year-old Beth Everson, who had scored for the development team in the game at Middlezoy Rovers. Also travelling was another promising youngster Kiara-Jade Robins and newcomer Holly Cole.

The Pilgrims started on the front foot by taking a two-goal lead through Mollie Taylor and Helen Bleazard, only for Exeter to level the scores at half-time 2-2.

Despite the hot conditions, Argyle took control in the second period and regained the lead in the 53rd minute when Cole finished off a fine move.

Four minutes later good work by Natasha Knapman led to her setting up Amber Pollock, who fired in at the near post.

Two minutes later and it was 5-2 when Jessica Jones’ run and shot led to the ball being parried into the path of Knapman, who made no mistake.

Exeter had a brief respite when they converted a 70th minute penalty. But that was as good as it got for the hosts and three minutes later Danni Wyatt poked the ball in from 12 yards after being played in by teenager Everson.

Argyle were not done and in the 80th minute Pollock produced a neat touch and finish before Jones to completed the scoring by chipping the goalkeeper from 20 yards.

Manager Dave Leonard said: “We can get carried away with the score but it was a really good game and Exeter were better than the score would suggest.

“It was a good 90 minutes which was what we needed. It was a good work out against a very good Exeter side who have recruited well.”

He added: “We have got to get out of the habit of conceding sloppy goals down to our poor transition – that is one of my things I have to get out of us. There were good parts, though, I think we scored five goals in the last 20 minutes so I think our fitness was excellent.

“Bringing on young Beth Everson for her senior debut makes it something special. She came on and provided an assist for one of the goals, when you look at players like that the future is bright.

“I would like to thank Exeter for putting on the game and the hospitality they gave us.”

Argyle are back in action on Sunday when they travel to Bishops Lydeard while the development team visit Cheltenham Town.

Argyle squad: Trialist, Faye Ivall, Katie Middleton, Mollie Taylor, Helen Bleazard, Jessica Jones, Amber Pollock, Leah Burridge, Natasha Knapman, Danni Wyatt, Ellie Bishop, Beth Everson, Kiara-Jade Robins, Holly Cole.

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