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Argyle’s young development team continue their recent hot form against Exeter & Tedburn

PLYMOUTH Argyle Ladies’ development team look like they are now gelling after claiming their third big win in a row.

The young Pilgrims overcame Exeter & Tedburn Rangers 13-0 at Saltmill on Sunday in a South West League Western Division match.

They have now scored 29 goals and conceded just three in their last three outings.

Exeter, though, deserved credit as although they were outclassed they never gave up on Sunday.

Argyle showed their intent early as they pushed the ball around confidently and were soon making inroads through Exeter’s defence.

However, despite the pressure Argyle passed up numerous chances to take the lead, with Nicola Champion, Kiara Robins, Lucy Solloway and Maisie Williams all having shots saved by visiting goalkeeper Saskia Hendy.

But in the 28th minute they finally got a breakthrough when Beth Cowd picked out Champion, who got the better of her defender to fire home.

Hendy continued to deny Argyle’s forwards, but a second goal came five minutes before half-time. Jodie Randall struck a post with an effort, but the alert Champion followed up the rebound to score.

And just on the stroke of half-time the Pilgrims made it 3-0 when Williams produced a delicate lob over the goalkeeper.

The second half started with Argyle playing at a higher tempo and within a minute of the re-start Williams played a one-two with Lucy Solloway to fire in from the edge of the penalty area.

It was all one-way traffic with Exeter hardly able to get out of their own half. Argyle’s pressure told when Steph Beck made a great run down the right before squaring the ball back to Nelinha Barros to fire high into the net.

Within a minute the lively Beth Everson became the provider when she cut in from the right and fired a hard low cross into the six yard box to find Solloway sliding in at the far post.

Williams was the next to score when she fended off a number challenges before blasting in for her hat-trick.

Three minutes later Beck became the provider when another smart one-two was finished off by Solloway.

Despite being constantly on the front foot, the young 16-year-old back three consisting of Leah Johnson, Maddy Leppard and debutant Isla Brumhead were dealing admirably with any sporadic attacks.

Next on the score sheet was the impressive Everson, who got her deserved goal after she received a pass from Champion.

Double figures were reached when a ball into the six yard box caused panic and an unfortunate defender turned the ball into her own net.

Not taking their foot off the gas Ellie Bishop found space on the edge of the penalty area to hit a fierce shot over the goalkeeper and into the net.

Two minutes later 16-year-old Beth Cowd received the ball off Hannah Brock before hitting an absolute scorcher into the top corner.

Despite being a virtual spectator goalkeeper Maddie Walsh made a superb save from a well-struck free-kick to keep a clean sheet.

Beck finally got on to the score sheet. After playing a part in a number of goals she received the ball on the right hand side and cleverly floated the ball over Hendy’s head into the far corner of the goal via a post to complete the scoring.

Manager Rob Bonney said: “We started reasonably well but we lost our way after 15 minutes and players stopped working off the ball and started to take too many touches. Second half we played with a lot more tempo, but despite the goals the performance was far from perfect. We will work on and keep drumming into the girls what we expect off them.”

Argyle Development: Maddie Walsh, Jodie Randall, Leah Johnson, Steph Beck, Beth Everson, Kiara Robins, Ellie Bishop, Maisie Williams, Hannah Brock, Lucy Solloway, Nicola Champion, Beth Cowd, Maddy Leppard, Isla Brumhead, Nelinha Barros, Scarlett Williams


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