WOMEN’S FOOTBALL: Disappointment for Argyle and Marine Academy

PLYMOUTH Argyle suffered a disappointing 3-0 away defeat at Bridgwater United on Sunday in the FA Women’s National League Southern Division.

The Pilgrims were only 1-0 down with seven minutes to go but as they push forward trying to snatch at least a draw they were caught by two late goals.

Manager Ryan Perks said: “Disappointed with the result as the girls deserved more from the game.

“We dominated the ball for large spells but didn’t create many goal scoring opportunities. Out of possession our shape was 100 times better than last week. I’m sure the results will start to come.”

Argyle have only won one of their six league games so far this season and sit 12th in the division. Bridgwater, however, are at the other end of the table, lying in fourth spot with just one defeat to their name this campaign.

The hosts, who included former Plymouth player Leah Burridge in their side, got a great start when they took the lead in the 10th minute through Alice Griffith.

Natasha Knapman fired just wide for Argyle after linking up well with Zoe Cunningham.

The Greens had plenty of possession and territory but struggled to create out-and-out scoring chances.

As the game went on and they tried to push on more but were caught with Griffith scoring a second goal in the 83rd minute. That was followed quickly by one from Chloe Gilroy to seal the match for the Somerset club.

There was also disappointment for Marine Academy Plymouth, who went out of the FA Cup by losing 7-0 away at their South West Premier League rivals St Austell.

Marine took a depleted side down to Cornwall and found themselves 5-0 down at half-time. However, despite going down to 10 players in the first half, they regrouped and were far more competitive second half.

St Austell, who are unbeaten at the top of the table, had Charlotte Whitmore scoring two goals to go with further ones from Beth Overton, Lucy Solloway and Chevonne Johanning.

Saltash United should have been playing Halwill away on Sunday in their FA Cup second round tie but the game fell victim to the wet weather. They will face a trip to AFC Bournemouth if they can win the rearranged contest.

Liskeard Athletic will entertain Axminster Town in the third round after they eased to an 11-0 victory over Ottery St Mary in the second round. Chloe Williams scored a hat-trick for the Blues, with Gemma Farley and Katlyn Bentley both bagging two and Erin Spiller, Lucy Jones, Luise Ham and Amy Hemingway.

All the Devon Women’s League games featuring Plymouth sides fell victim to the weather on Sunday, as did Saltash Borough’s Cornwall League Division One clash at Helston.

However, Saltash United’s development team did play in the Cornwall League and they came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 away with Mousehole. Rachel Finch and Morgan Friend scored the Ashes’ goals.

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