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WOMEN’S FOOTBALL: Big home wins for Argyle and Marine Academy Plymouth

PLYMOUTH Argyle boosted their hopes of staying in the FA Women’s National League Southern Premier Division by beating Cheltenham Town 4-1 at Manadon on Sunday.

The victory followed on from a 1-0 success over Bridgwater United on Thursday night at Saltash.

The two wins have moved Argyle out of the relegation zone and up to ninth in the table.

They got the perfect start on Sunday when Amber Pollock, who had scored their winner against Bridgwater three days earlier, netted after just 10 minutes after latching on to a through ball and beating the goalkeeper.

Cheltenham did hit back with a strike by Laura Holden, but a Lily Greenslade goal and an own goal just before the break gave the Pilgrims a 3-1 half-time lead.

Five minutes from time Charlotte Whitmore beat the on-rushing goalkeeper to make it 4-1.

The Greens have a tough trip this coming weekend when they travel to fourth-placed Ipswich Town.

In the South West Women’s League Premier Division, Liskeard Athletic continued their recent winning run with a 3-2 away victory at Royal Wootton Bassett Town.

Liskeard went 1-0 up in the first half with a goal from Hannah Prisk.

They then went 3-0 ahead after the interval with goals from Emily Sweet and Ellie Bishop.

However, they then switched off a little bit and the hosts closed the gap with goals from Holly Baker and Madeline Elliott, but they were able to hang on for the three points.

In the South West League Western Division, Marine Academy Plymouth moved five points clear at the top of the table after a convincing 6-1 home win over second-placed Saltash United at Ivybridge.

Two weeks ago, the sides had drawn 1-1 at Kimberley Stadium, but straight away Marine came out determined to prove a point and immediately put Saltash under pressure.

They had a couple of good chances before they did take the lead in the 16th minute with a goal by Siana Goddard.

Six minutes later Beth Overton added a second from the edge of the box.

Sam Drewery then had a goal ruled out for offside before Rebekah Rose made it 3-0 before half-time with a fine long-range effort.

After the interval, Yasmin Franklin pulled a goal back for Saltash, but two goals in a minute killed the game off. Goddard, Drewery and Devon Simmonds netted the home side’s second half goals.

In the Devon Women’s League South & West Division, second-placed Plympton continued their push for the title with a 4-0 away win against Shaldon Villa. Charley Putman bagged a hat-trick for the visitors, with Dionne Igalawuye netting their other.

Signal Box Oak Villa dropped down to fourth in the table after losing 2-1 to Teignmouth, who leap-frogged over them into third.

Lakeside Athletic, meanwhile, beat Hunters District 12-1 at home. Rebecca Richards hit four for Lakeside, who had Freya Veevers scoring three and Natasha Forsythe and Lauren Hewings both netting two apiece.

In the Cornwall Supplementary Cup, Saltash Borough beat Bude 3-2 at home thanks to goals from Sophie Perrin, Melanie McGregor and Molly Gill.

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