WOMEN’S FOOTBALL: Disappointment for Argyle and Marine Academy, but Oak Villa keep their run going

PLYMOUTH Argyle suffered another heavy defeat in the FA Women’s National League Southern Premier Division on Sunday as they went down 6-2 away at Rugby Borough.

The game was close in the first half, but Rugby took control with two goals in two minutes just before half-time.

Katy Morris had fired Rugby ahead in the 12th minute, but almost straight away Rebecca Dandridge pulled the Greens level.

Both sides had chances but it was Rugby who took theirs just before the interval with Morris adding a second on 43 minutes and then former Argyle player Lily Greenside added a third for the hosts.

Nicky Potts then extended Rugby’s lead to 4-1 straight after the interval and then Lucy Whipp added a fifth.

A long-range effort by Dandridge gave Argyle hope on 58 minutes, but that was ended with a penalty by Greenside.

In the South West League Premier Division, Marine Academy Plymouth suffered a disappointing 3-1 defeat at Sheborne after taking the lead through Samantha Drewery.

But there was better news in the same division for Liskeard Athletic, who beat Bishops Lydeard 3-2 at home thanks to goals from Charlie Pettinger, Sam Metters and Hannah Prisk.

In the South West Western Division, Saltash United were beaten 2-0 away at Illminster Town.

There was a good game at Bull Point in the Devon Women’s League Premier Division where Plympton and Bradworthy drew 2-2.

Codie-Al Cleogh and Charley Putman scored for Plympton, while Liberty Kappes and Olivia Sellars netted for Bradworthy. The visitors did miss a first half penalty, while Plympton hit the woodwork.

Signal Box Oak Villa are the early leaders of Devon South & West Division after they continued their 100 per cent record with a 5-1 win over Elm United at Weston Mill.

Oak Villa did the damage in the first half as they stormed into a 4-1 lead.

Alysia-Paige Roberts scored twice for then, with Rachel Finch, Katelyn Berry and Olivia Lennox also getting on the scoresheet.

Signal Box were also winners on Sunday at Weston Mill. They beat Paignton Villa 7-4 in a high-scoring affair.

Ellie Pearce netted a hat-trick for Signal Box, with Melanie Finch, Maya Felgate and Catrin Rickard scoring their other goals.

Horrabridge were convincing 15-0 winners over their neighbours and fellow newcomers Tavistock at Langsford Park.

Lessa Grainger bagged five goals, with Toni Allen four and Jess Oaten two. Katie Cox, Kirsty Jones and Leah Parnell-Moses were also on target for Horrabridge.

In the same division, Hunters District were beaten 7-0 by Shaldon Villa.

In Cornwall League Division One, two first-half goals helped Saltash Borough to a 2-0 victory over St Dennis at Saltmill. Stacey Gill and Abby Shapland were Borough’s scorers.

In Cornwall Division Two, Callington triumphed 8-0 at home to Troon.

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