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WOMEN’S FOOTBALL: More agony for Argyle, but joy for Saltash teams

PLYMOUTH Argyle’s tough season continued as they suffered yet another heavy defeat in the FA Women’s National Premier Southern Division.

The Pilgrims, still pointless after six matches, were beaten 8-0 away at leaders Watford.

It was their second successive 8-0 loss after going down by the same scoreline at home to Milton Keynes Dons in their last outing two weeks ago.

Argyle remain second from bottom, with only fellow winless side Hounslow keeping them off the foot of the table.

The Plymouth outfit are supposed to play Hounslow in a vital match this coming weekend but that is likely to be postponed due to the proposed lockdown, which, if approved by parliament, will start on Thursday.

After Sunday’s loss at Watford, manager Ryan Perks said: “Tough result for the girls. We played some good football in spells and worked hard out of possession.

“Again, impressed with the application of all the players and a great performance from a lot of the younger players in the squad.”

The Greens were 3-0 down at half-time against Watford, who then finished the game strongly.

Adekite Fatuga-Dada and Alysha Stojlo-Down both scored twice for the hosts, who also had Sarah Wiltshire, Megan Chandler, Katie O’Leary and Rosie Kmita scoring.

There was also disappointment for Argyle’s development side, who lost 6-2 away at leaders St Austell in the South West Women’s Western Division.

Dee Newman and Emily Collar scored the young Pilgrims’ goals in Cornwall, with Tori Marks (2), Alexia Riley (2), Laura Barrett and Danielle Salt netting for the Saints.

Marine Academy Plymouth and Callington were both without games in the South West Women’s Premier Division. Marine, however, stay top of the league, with Callington fifth.

Saltash United are the new leaders of the Cornwall League East Division after they crushed bottom side Charlestown 17-0 at Kimberley Stadium in wet and misty conditions.

Hayley Ranachan continued her impressive scoring form by bagging six goals on Sunday. That followed on from hat-trick in her previous two games.

Lucy Chilcott netted four times against Charlestown, while there were braces for Jaz Hervin and Jade Bryan. Jodie Billington, Yasmin Franklin and Mia Lawrence were also on the scoresheet.

Second-placed Callington Town Reserves, who are level on points with Saltash, were without a match.

Saltash Borough continued their good season as well with a 4-0 home win over Wadebridge.

Borough’s only defeat this term is a 1-0 loss to Callington Town Reserves.

In windy conditions at Salt Mill, they led 3-0 at half-time against Wadebridge, with two goals coming from corners and another from a fine lob.

They added a fourth within five minutes of the second half before Wadebridge got more into the game, albeit without scoring.

Hollie Congo, Jen Goodman and Sophie Perrin scored for Borough to go with an own goal.

All games in the Devon Women’s League Premier Division were postponed.

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