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WOMEN’S FOOTBALL: Argyle battle hard but lose to Portsmouth, while Marine Academy go top after Liskeard win

PLYMOUTH Argyle dropped down to 10th in the FA Women’s National League Southern Premier Division after a 3-1 home defeat to second-placed Portsmouth at the Mill.

The Pilgrims battled hard in front of 355 supporters at Torpoint’s ground, but Portsmouth sealed the win 12 minutes from time.

The visitors, who have only lost once this season, had the better of the first half and took the lead in the 16th minute with a goal by Bethany Lumsden.

But Argyle came out for the second half fired up and, after putting Pompey under pressure, they finally pulled level in the 55th minute when Charlotte Whitmore robbed a defender and beat the on-rushing goalkeeper.

However, the Pilgrims were not on level terms for long as just three minutes later Lumsden netted a second to make it 2-1.

And Sophie Quirk secured the three points for Portsmouth with a close range strike in the 78th minute.

In the South West Premier Division, Marine Academy Plymouth enjoyed a 4-1 home victory over nearest rivals Liskeard Athletic to move to the top of the table.

They took the lead after just five minutes when captain Samantha Drewery fired home a free-kick having just missed with one from almost the same range a minute earlier.

The hosts doubled their lead in the 30th minute with a goal from Rosie Woodward and that was how it stayed until half-time.

After the interval, Liskeard pulled a goal back with a fine lob from Sam Metters.

However, seven minutes later, Marine Academy restored their two-goal cushion with an impressive shot from outside the box by Carmen Morison.

And the hosts wrapped up the win with a fourth goal courtesy of Hannah Lindsey.

Saltash United were without a game in the South West Western Division.

In the Devon League Cup, Plympton overcame Signal Box 3-0 at Bull Point with two goals from Charley Putman and one from Molly Yeatman.

SB Oak Villa also progressed with a hard-earned 2-1 home win over Marjon. Katelyn Berry and Olivia Lennox netted for Oak Villa.

Horrabridge Rangers and Elm United both had big wins in the cup.

Jess Oaten netted seven times as Horrabridge beat Hunters District 11-0. Katie Cox, Leesa Grainger, Kirsty Jones and Elouise Nash were also on target for Horrabridge.

Elm United overcame Tavistock 12-0, with eight of their goals coming in the first half.

Rebecca Richards bagged four for Elm, with Lauren Hewings netting three and Christie Richards and Abbie Collicott both getting two to go with an own goal.

Lakeside Athletic travelled to Shaldon Villa without a full team and were beaten 17-2. Roxanne Byrne and Mollie Dring scored consolation efforts for Lakeside.

In the Cornwall Women’s League Division One, Saltash Borough lost 2-1 away at Mousehole. Chloe Moore scored Borough’s only goal.

In Division Two, Callington Town were beaten 8-1 at FXSU.

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