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WOMEN’S FOOTBALL: Marine Academy get off the mark in style

MARINE Academy Plymouth secured their first South West Women’s Premier Division win of the season in style on Sunday by beating Middlezoy 8-2 away.

Marine had suffered back-to-back defeats at the hands of Sherborne Town in their opening two matches, but were far too strong for their hosts this weekend at Westonzoyland Airfield.

Sam Metters bagged her first league hat-trick for Marine, with Amber Hadrill chipping in with two goals and Holly Wade and player-of-the-match Sam Drewery also finding the back of the net to go with an own goal.

Plymouth Argyle did not have a first team match at the weekend and so were able to name a strong under-23 side who hammered Ottery St Mary 30-0 at Manadon in the South West Women’s League Western Division.

Wensday Wise bagged six goals, while Zoe Cunningham, Panagiota Papioannou and Rosie Shipp each netted five times. Kristyna Cade and substitute Taylor Ford both got hat-tricks, with Sophie Buchanan getting two and Sophie Reynolds one.

In the same league, Saltash United earned a 3-3 draw away at Helston. It was their second draw in their opening three matches, having also picked up a point against Argyle U23s.

Dee Newman, Yasmin Franklin and Jade Bryan scored the Ashes’ goal at Helston.

Next Sunday, Saltash will host early pacesetters Liskeard Athletic, who beat Feniton 3-1 at the weekend with goals from Amy Hemingway, Ezme Wells and Gemma Farley.

In the Devon League Western Division, Signal Box Oak Villa beat a depleted University of Plymouth team 10-1 at Weston Mill.

The students actually took the lead in the ninth minute and it took the hosts until the 32nd minute to get their first goal, which came from Vicky Jasper.

Jasper added another eight minutes later before one from Abigail White gave Signal Box a 3-1 half-time lead.

The university had some good players but just ran out of steam in the second period.

Jasper ended up scoring five goal in total, including three in four minutes late in the game. White bagged four, with three of those coming in the opening 20 minutes of the second half. The post denied her a fifth.

Villa’s other goal came from substitute Ebony Greenwod.

Meanwhile, newcomers Lakeside enjoyed a 4-3 away win at Shaldon Villa in the first round of the Devon Senior Cup.

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