WOMEN’S FOOTBALL: Argyle’s mini run is ended by Watford, but joy for Signal Box

PLYMOUTH Argyle’s mini winning run came to an end when they were beaten 5-1 away at high-flying Watford on Sunday in the FA Women’s National League Southern Premier Division.

The Pilgrims had won their last three league and cup games, but Watford, beaten just once this season, took the lead after just two minutes and never looked back.

In front of a crowd of more than 400 people, Gemma Davison fired the Hornets ahead before Florence Fyfe netted twice before half-time to give them a 3-0 lead.

Charlotte Whitmore gave Argyle hope just after the break with a long-range effort, but Watford came back with further goals from Megan Chandler and elie Head.

Argyle dropped down to ninth following the defeat.

In the South West Women’s League Premier Division, Liskeard Athletic were beaten 4-2 away at Bishops Lydeard.

The hosts had gone 3-0 up at half-time, but Liskeard came out fired up for the second period and cut that gap to 3-2 with two strikes by Sam Metters.

But, as Liskeard pushed for an equaliser, they were caught and Bishops Lydeard scored a late goal.

In the South West Western Division, Activate enjoyed an impressive debut beating Bideford 7-1 at home.

Last year’s Devon League champions had Angela Heard bagging a hat-trick, with Wensday Wise scoring twice to go with further goals from Catrin Richard and Stacey Tonkin.

In the same division, Saltash United drew 0-0 at home with Feniton.

In the Devon Women’s League, newcomers Hunters District will have taken heart from their 19-3 home defeat to Lakeside.

Staddiscombe-based Hunters have had a tough start to life in league football but they finally scored their first goals and conceded their fewest of the season.

Danielle Krac scored twice for Hunters, with Weronika Holownia netting their other.

Lakeside had Rebekah Rose and Roxanne Byrne both scoring five, with Lisa Highfield, Natasha Forsythe and Toni Lunt claiming two apiece. There were also goals for Lauren Hewings, Jodie Lobb and Laura Hilleson-Perrett.

Meanwhile, Fern Orchard also scored five goals as Signal Box beat Plympton 8-0 away. Katelyn Berry, Beth Everson and Demi James also netting in Signal Box’s first league win.

Signal Box Oak Villa also enjoyed a big win on Sunday. Oak Villa, unbeaten this season, overcame Paignton 11-1. Vicky Jasper and Abigail White both bagged hat-tricks, with Chardonnay James scoring twice and Zoe Russell, Megan Smith and Freya Jackson also netting.

In the Cornwall League, Saltash Borough were handed a home walkover by FXSU.

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