WOMEN’S FOOTBALL: Argyle move out of relegation zone with win at Hounslow

PLYMOUTH Argyle have moved out of the relegation zone in the FA Women’s National League Southern Premier Division after beating bottom side Hounslow 2-0 away on Sunday.

It is the first time this season the Pilgrims have been out of the bottom four and they now have a great chance of staying up with games in hand on the teams around them.

The Pilgrims have really turned their season around since the turn of the year. They only won one league match before Christmas but have claimed five victories since the start of January.

They started well on Sunday and Zoe Cunningham, Amber Pollock, Natasha Knapman and Mari Ward all had chances before Jemma Rose fired Argyle ahead in the 25th minute after Ward had seen a shot saved.

The visitors continued to have chances but had to wait until the 59th minute to get a second goal when Knapman got free and took the ball around the on-rushing goalkeeper before calmly slotting it home.

More chances fell in the final 30 minutes but Argyle could not add to their tally.

It was a good day for the Greens as their under-23 team beat Helston Athletic 6-0 at Manadon in the South West League Western Division.

The win keeps the young Pilgrims six points clear at the top of the table.

Emily Mousley bagged a hat-trick for the development side, with Taylor Ford netting twice and Ruby Murphy also getting on the scoresheet.

In the Devon Women’s League, Signal Box Oak Villa enjoyed a 5-1 away win at Halwill.

Signal Box say fourth but they are level on points with third-placed Shaldon.

In the Cornwall Women’s Senior Cup, Saltash Borough were beaten 7-0 by higher league Liskeard Athletic at Saltmill.

Liskeard went 2-0 up in the first half with goals from Ezme Wells and Chloe Williams before Williams added a second after the break to go with strikes by Lucy Jones, Gemma Farley, Katlyn Bentley and Erin Spiller.

Meanwhile in Cornwall League Division One, Saltash United Development enjoyed a 5-3 win over FXSU.

Hayley Ranachan bagged a hat-trick for the Ashes’ second string, with Rebecca Kench and Charlotte Prickett also netting.

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