WOMEN’S FOOTBALL: Argyle stung late on by Wasps, while Marine and Saltash play out draw

PLYMOUTH Argyle suffered a blow to their hopes of staying in the FA Women’s National League Southern Premier Division with a 2-1 away defeat at bottom club Crawley Wasps on Sunday.

Wasps stung the Pilgrims late on to claim their first league win of the campaign.

Argyle, who had beaten London Bees the week before with a last-gasp winner, had made a great start at Crawley and had gone 1-0 up after just eight minutes thanks to a first league goal from Rosie McDonnell.

The Pilgrims looked in command in the first half but could not add to that goal and the hosts came out much better for the second period.

Wasps pulled level just five minutes after the break with a long-range effort from substitute Letitia Nicholls.

Both sides had chances but Crawley stole the three points right at the death with a second goal by Nicholls.

Argyle are now four points off safety but they do have games in hand on London Bees and Bridgwater United, who are just above them.

Bridgwater will be Argyle’s next league opponents on February 23.

In the South West Women’s Premier Division, sixth-placed Liskeard Athletic drew 2-2 away at third-placed Torquay United.

It looked like Liskeard were going to become the first team to pick up the three points away at the Gulls this season after second half goals from Charlotte Pettinger and Emily Sweet had put them 2-1 up in the closing stages.

But right at the death, Liskeard gave away a penalty, which Torquay’s Anthea Kaptein fired home to secure her side a draw.

The big match in the South West Western Division at Kimberley Stadium between leaders Marine Academy Plymouth and third-placed Saltash United also ended a draw.

Marine had the better of the first half but could not take their chances, partly due to some great defending by the hosts.

And, in the second period, it was Saltash who went in front with a goal from fit-again Hayley Ranachan.

But Marine dug deep and equalised thanks to a goal from Rebekah Rose.

The point has moved Saltash up to second in the table, two points behind Marine, who do have a game in hand.

In the Devon Women’s League, second-placed Plympton kept up their title push with a 4-1 home victory over Plainmoor.

Libby Williams bagged a hat-trick for Plympton, with their other coming courtesy of an own goal.

In the Devon League Cup, SB Oak Villa comfortably progressed with a 6-1 away victory at Shaldon.

Abigail White hit three goals, with Freya Jackson hitting two and Victoria Jasper getting their other.

However, Signal Box could not join them in the next round as they lost 4-0 at home to league leaders Juventus Devon Bianconer.

In the Cornwall Women’s League, Saltash Borough drew 1-1 away at Bude. Sophie Perrin netting Borough’s goal in north Cornwall.

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