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WOMEN’S FOOTBALL: Argyle’s wait goes on, but Saltash make impressive start

PLYMOUTH Argyle’s wait for a win in the FA Women’s National League Southern Premier Division goes on as they lost 3-1 at home to Chichester & Selsey in wet and windy conditions on Sunday.

The Pilgrims have now lost their opening three games, but new manager Ryan Perks is convinced his inexperienced side are heading in the right direction.

He said after this weekend’s defeat at Manadon: “The girls played really well. There were some questionable referring decisions at crucial times in the game. We created lots of chances and need to be more clinical, but we are moving in the right direction.”

Perks did have praise for 16-year-old Rosie Train, who made her first team debut and played the full 90 minutes. Wensday Wise scored Argyle’s only goal.

Marine Academy Plymouth and Callington Town both have to wait another week to see if they can progress in the Women’s FA Cup after their matches were called off due to Storm Alex.

Marine Academy had been due to host Helston at Ivybridge, while Callington had been due to entertain Illminster Ladies. Those games will now be rescheduled for next Sunday.

Plympton’s home South West League Western Division game with St Austell was also postponed due to the bad weather.

However, in the same division, Plymouth Argyle’s development side claimed their second win of the season with a 4-0 victory away at St Agnes.

The young Pilgrims have won both their away games this term, having also triumphed at Plympton last month. Beth Cowd got them underway in Cornwall on Sunday before Dee Newman scored a with a great effort. Substitute Abbie Carveth added another to go with an own goal.

In the Devon Women’s League Premier Division, Signal Box Oak Villa claimed a second win in three games with a 5-3 victory at home to Budleigh Salterton.

Abigail White and Victoria Jasper both scored twice to go with one from Megan Appleby.

Activate are still looking for their first win in that division after losing 4-0 away to Liverton United.

In Cornwall League East Division, Saltash United made an impressive start to their season by ending Callington Town Reserves’ 100 per cent record with a 5-1 victory at Kimberley Stadium.

Callington had won their opening two games 15-0 and 9-2, but league newcomers Saltash showed their strength in tough conditions.

Playing with the strong wind first half they stormed into a 4-0 lead. Katie Mace got them underway when she fired in from a good corner in the eighth minute. Four minutes later, Jaz Hervin fired in a long-range effort before Hayley Ranachan scored a screamer on 18 minutes.

Playing against the elements, Callington struggled to get out of their half and on 31 minutes the Ashes got a fourth when Maisie Lovell turned in a free-kick from the right at the near post.

The second half was more even. Callington pulled a goal back two minutes after the restart with Lisa Pearce firing in.

But Saltash United stood firm and added a fifth 15 minutes before full-time with Jade Bryan scoring fine effort from the right.

Saltash Borough also opened their Cornwall League season with a win. They triumphed 6-0 at home to St Breward Ladies at Saltmill Park.

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