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WOMEN’S FOOTBALL: Argyle finish clear of the relegation zone after two draws

PLYMOUTH Argyle ended their season with a 10th place in the FA Women’s National League Southern Premier Division.

They finished five points clear of the relegation zone after ending their campaign with a win and two draws.

After beating bottom side Hounslow last weekend they draw 1-1 with Bridgwater United at Kimberley Stadium on Thursday evening before earning a 2-2 away draw at London Bees on Sunday.

They went into the Bridgwater match knowing a point would be enough to secure their third-tier status for another season.

They started well but could not get the goal they threatened in the first half and the sides went in at the break level at 0-0.

Bridgwater, though, took the lead straight after the interval with Nicky Potts tapping in after a cross had caught the Pilgrims out.

But Argyle continued to press and in the 77th minute they finally pulled level with a goal from Amber Pollock after a Kayley Lane goal-bound shot had been deflected.

The Pilgrims did have Zoe Cunningham sent off for a second yellow card in the final 10 minutes, but they were able to hang on for the point they needed.

They then travelled to London Bees and returned with another draw thanks to a last-gasp injury-time equaliser from Pollock.

Prior to Thursday night the Pilgrims had not drawn a league game all season, but ended with two in four days.

The Bees took the lead in the 35th minute with a goal from Hannah Coote.

But Argyle equalised 10 minutes after half-time with Pollock firing home after a good pass from Cunningham.

However, their joy was short-lived as the Bees hit back quickly with a penalty from Danielle Puddlefoot.

Argyle finished strongly and had a number of chances before Pollock hit a good volley into the net in the sixth minute of injury-time.

In the South West Women’s League Western Division, Liskeard Athletic claimed the title ahead of Arygle’s U23 team with a 6-0 home win over Helston on Sunday.

Liskeard scored three goals in each half, with Ezme Wells, Lucy Jones and Chloe Williams all netting in each period.

In the Cornwall League Division One, Saltash Borough were handed a walkover by Mousehole. However, with Sticker beating Callington 5-0 to claim the title, Borough have to settle for runners-up spot in the division.

Activate’s hope of a Devon league and cup double were ended by Torquay United’s second team on Sunday.

Activate had already won the Devon League Western title but were beaten 4-1 away in the League Cup.

The Plymouth side dominated the first half but were unhappy with some of the decisions second period. Wensday Wise scored their only goal at Torquay.

Meanwhile, Lakeside’s good end to the season continued as they beat Plainmoor 2-1 away to move up to fifth in the Devon League Western Division. Rebekah Rose and Natasha Forsythe scored their goals.

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