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Disappointment for Argyle Ladies as they crash at West Country rivals Yeovil

PLYMOUTH Argyle Ladies suffered a disappointing 3-0 away defeat to in-form Yeovil Town on Sunday in the National League Southern Premier Division.

The match was switched to the artificial pitch at Bridgwater College and both sides struggled in the swirling wind.

However, Argyle manager Dave Leonard was not happy with his fourth-placed side’s showing in Somerset.

“How can I start to unpick that,” he said afterwards. “They (the players) need to own that performance because that is not worthy of a green shirt.

“No-one came out of that with any credit. We didn’t play to our strengths and we didn’t play to their weaknesses. It was as bad as I have seen all season.

“It was just disappointing that we didn’t turn up. It was a shame we didn’t make it a contest.

“But to make a contest you need both teams. We didn’t make it a fair contest, because we didn’t do ourselves any justice whatsoever and that was the biggest disappointment and that upsets me because I know my girls are better than that it was just one of those performances where everybody looked lacklustre and decision-making wasn’t right.”

He added: “I can’t even start to pick the bones out of that because it was that bad you have just got to put it one side. I didn’t see it coming and that makes me think did I take my eye off the ball.”

There was nothing between the two teams at the start, although Steph Beck had a couple of efforts on Yeovil’s goal.

Yeovil responded when Ellie Strippel was denied by the quick reaction of goalkeeper Ben Kyle, who came out quickly to make the save.

It was then Ebony Dovers’ turn to deny a run on goal with a terrific tackle and then Kyle produced another great save to deny Yeovil.

At the other end, another good tackle from Dover led to Helen Bleazard racing down the wing, only for her superb low shot to be saved at the near post.

Two minutes later Argyle were denied taking the lead when two corners ended with Mollie Taylor having a blocked shot with Dover’s follow up going to the back post, just beyond Natasha Knapman.

Kyle then denied Sarah Wiltshre and a quick breakaway saw another Wiltshire effort saved.

With time running out in the first half, Argyle were hit by a quick breakaway which ended with Mesha Dudley-Jones setting up Ann-Marie Heatherson, who neatly lobbed Kyle to give Yeovil a 1-0 half-time lead.

The second period started as the first ended with Argyle trying to get back into the game but their fluency was not there.

And it came as no surprise when on the hour mark Sarah Wiltshire made it 2-0.

Despite Argyle making changes, Yeovil were beginning to dominate and substitute Megan Wood twice went close before the Pilgrims fell further behind five minutes from time when Jenna Markham poked the ball into the net to make it 3-0.

Argyle stay in fourth place in the table, but Yeovil are now just a point behind them in fifth with a game in hand.

Argyle: Ben Kyle, Kate Middleton, Bow Jackson, Lydia Hartley, Mollie Taylor, Helen Bleazard, Steph Beck, Ebony Dover (Libby Lawton), Leah Burridge, Natasha Knapman, Beth Everson (Panagiota Papaioannou). Not used Vicky Fannon.

There was disappointment for Argyle’s development team when Bristol Ladies Union refused to travel to Plymouth for their League Cup quarter-final due to the weather.

Argyle will have to wait for the league to make a decision as to whether they will be advised of the new cup date.

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