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WOMEN’S FOOTBALL: Success for Callington and Saltash sides

THE women’s football programme was badly hit by postponements at the weekend.

Plymouth Argyle, Marine Academy, Plympton, Activate and Signal Box Oak Villa were all left without games for various reasons, but the east Cornwall sides all played and claimed impressive wins.

In the South West League Premier Division, Callington Town moved up to fourth place with a 2-0 away victory at Bishops Lydeard.

Callington made a good start in Somerset and went 1-0 up after 10 minutes with a goal from Gabi Alphous.

That was how it stayed until the second half when Erin Spiller doubled the Cornish club’s lead.

Callington had the chance to go 3-0 up when they were awarded a penalty but the home goalkeeper made a great save to deny Sam Veal.

Meanwhile, Callington’s reserve team were in hot form at Marsh Park as they beat bottom club Charlestown 19-0 in the Cornwall League Eastern Division.

Lisa Peace was a thorn in Charlestown’s side all afternoon and finished the game with seven goals.

She had a hat-trick in the bag by half-time, as did Siobhan Ellyatt as the hosts lead 8-0 at the break.

The home team did have to wait until the 14th minute of the game to take the lead with an opportunist long-range effort from Rachel Finch. But once the first went in, the goals flowed at regular intervals for Callington.

An excellent Ellyatt volley from a Peace cross was the pick of the first-half goals.

In the second period, Lauren Baker and Pearce both netted four times, with Maisie Godfrey scoring twice and Louise Smith and Gemma Farley also getting on the scoresheet.

Callington Reserves stay top of the table, but Saltash are only three points behind with two games in hand.

The Ashes continued their 100 per cent league record with an 8-1 away victory at third-placed Foxhole Stars, with Hayley Ranachan claiming her second hat-trick in the space of seven days.

The visitors led 4-0 at half-time. Full-back Madeline Leppard gave them the lead in the ninth minute after good play by Jodie Billington.

Mai-Mae Lawrence then danced her way through three players before scoring and making it 2-0.

Leppard added her second with a 25-yarder before Billington got on the scoresheet.

Ranachan had two goals disallowed at the end of the first half, but she made her mark after the break by scoring three times in 20 minutes to put her side 7-0 ahead.

Foxhole did pull one back before midfielder Jaz Hervin added an eighth for the Ashes.

Fourth-placed Saltash Borough also scored eight times as they triumphed 8-0 at St Breward.

Sophie Perrin scored four times for Borough, who also had Hally Congo and Abby Shapland netting twice.

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