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WOMEN’S FOOTBALL: More frustration for Argyle, but joy for Marine Academy and Saltash United

PLYMOUTH Argyle suffered another frustrating defeat in the FA Women’s National League Southern Premier Division on Sunday.

The Pilgrims went down 3-0 at home to London Bees, who were one of the teams they were hoping to close the gap on.

The hosts had plenty of chances but failed to take them and individual errors cost them at the other end.

Manager Ryan Perks said: “We played some excellent football and created a lot of chances but we didn’t take them.

“Individual errors cost two goals in the second half and made it too much to get back into the game. It’s a tough one to take.”

He added: “We are playing really well but results are just not going our way.”

Argyle certainly need results to start going their way as they are now nine points away from safety.

They went behind in the 38th minute on Sunday when a long ball caught them out and Jade Bell was there to fire London ahead.

The visitors increased their lead in the 53rd minute when Joe Wilson fired home before she added a third in the 78th minute after a defensive mistake by Argyle.

Natasha Knapman had the best chances for the Pilgrims but Bees’ goalkeeper made a couple of fine saves.

In the South West Women’s Premier Division, Marine Academy Plymouth got back to winning ways with a 7-5 home victory over Middlezoy at Ivybridge.

It was Marine’s first game in three weeks and their first league win since the end of October.

Sam Metters scored four of Marine’s goals after coming on as a substitute, while Samantha Drewery bagged two to go with one from Amber Hill.

There was also a much-needed win for Saltash United in the South West Western Division. They beat Liverton 4-0 away.

All the Ashes goals came in the first half with Nicola Champion getting two to go with strikes by Dee Newman and Hayley Ranachan.

It was Saltash’s first league win since their promotion and moves them to within two points of Liverton.

However, there was disappointment for their development team, who lost 4-1 to Bodmin in the Cornwall League Cup.  Ella Stevens scored the only goal for the Ashes’ second team, who were missing a host of players.

Saltash Borough were also beaten in the League Cup. They went down 4-2 away at Penryn.

In the Cornwall Women’s Cup, Liskeard Athletic beat Sticker 3-2.

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