WOMEN’S FOOTBALL: Argyle are beaten at Ipswich as Marine Academy edge closer to Western title

PLYMOUTH Argyle suffered their first FA Women’s National League Southern Premier Division defeat in three games as they were beaten 3-0 away at high-flying Ipswich Town.

Argyle had seen off Bridgwater and Cheltenham Town in their previous two games to move out of the relegation zone, but they were not able to upset Ipswich in front of more than 500 spectactors.

Anna Grey scored two goals for the home side in the first half before Greya Godfrey added another for the home team in the second period to move them up to second in the table.

Argyle stay in ninth spot, two places and two points above the relegation zone.

They face another tough away trip this coming weekend when they visit third-placed Portsmouth.

In the South West Women’s Premier Division, Liskeard Athletic claimed their third successive league win with a 4-2 home victory over Bishops Lydeard.

The victory saw them leap-frog over Bishops and into fifth spot.

Liskeard are now unbeaten in six league and cup games.

They did go behind against Bishops, but Grace O’Leary pulled them level before Keri-Ann Moxon added a second to give them a 2-1 lead at half-time.

Bishops equalised after the interval but Liskeard secured the three points with another goal from Moxon and one from Gabi Alphous.

In the South West League Western Division, leaders Marine Academy Plymouth beat Budleigh Salterton 6-0 away.

The victory means they are now eight points clear at the top of the table and only need one point from their remaining three games to secure the title and promotion back to the Premier Division.

All their goals came early at Budleigh with captain Samantha Drewery and Megan Boulton both bagging hat-tricks.

In the same division, Saltash United slipped down to third in the table after losing 3-0 away Bideford.

In the Devon Women’s League South & West Division, Plympton continued their good season with a 3-0 home win over SB Oak Villa.

Summer Bell, Evie Hampton and Lois Igalawuye scored Plympton’s goals as they stay in second place, just one point behind leaders Juventus Devon Biancorner but with two games in hand.

Signal Box turned on the style second half as they beat Shaldon Villa 5-1 away. They had only been 1-0 up at the break. Maya Felgate scored a hat-trick for Signal Box, with Melanie Finch an Ruby Kean scoring their other goals.

Hunters District have made massive strides over the season and they battled hard in a 5-1 defeat to Paignton Villa. Channon Hodge scored their goal.

Elsewhere in the division, Lakeside lost 7-0 away Teignmouth.

In the Cornwall League Division One, Saltash Borough drew 1-1 at home with Mousehole.

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