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WOMEN’S FOOTBALL: Marine Academy join Plymouth Argyle in FA Cup first round proper

PLYMOUTH Argyle returned empty-handed from their long trip to Essex to take on FAWNL Southern Premier Division leaders Hashtag United.

The Pilgrims were beaten 2-0 by the league pace-setters, who scored once in each half.

The hosts got a great start when Malika Apindia scored in just the ninth minute.

Both teams had chances after that but the score remained at 1-0 until the break.

And two minutes after the interval, Hashtag doubled their lead with a goal by Sammy Rowland and there was no way back for the Pilgrims.

Argyle now have a week off before taking on bottom side London Bees on November 5.

Meanwhile, the Pilgrims have been drawn at home to Illminster Town in the first round proper of the FA Women’s Cup.

Marine Academy Plymouth also joined the Greens in the FA Cup first round draw for the first time after they beat Teignmouth 7-1 away on Sunday.

Carmen Morison scored a hat-trick against Teignmouth to take her tally in the competition to nine.

Also on target for Marine Academy were Rebekah Rose, Harley Bedford, Samantha Drewery and Megan Boulton.

Marine’s reward for their efforts is a home game against Keynsham Town, who they played in pre-season.

However, Plympton and Liskeard Athletic were not able to join Marine Academy in the first round proper.

Plympton were beaten 5-1 at Bull Point by a classy Bristol Rovers side, who play two divisions higher than them.

The visitors led 2-0 at the break and then scored three more in the opening 25 minutes of the second half. But Plympton finished strongly and Emily Hollister scored the goal of the game with a stunning long-range effort 10 minutes from time.

Liskeard Athletic were beaten 3-1 at home by Swindon Town despite taking the lead courtesy of Chloe Williams.

In the Devon Women’s League South & West Division, Horrabridge and SB Oak Villa kept up the pace at the top of the table.

Horrabridge overcame Plainmoor 3-1 at Fillace Park thanks to goals by Katie Cox, Leesa Grainger and Jess Oaten.

Oak Villa, meanwhile, beat Hunters District 12-0 at Staddiscombe.

Olivia Lennox bagged a hat-trick and claimed the player of the match award for Oak Villa, while Rachel Finch and Ella Stevens netted twice. Also on the scoresheet were Vicky Jasper, Libby Williams, Emilia Heyes, Akaysha Raymond and Katelyn Berry.

There was a great game at the Parkway where Lakeside were just edged out 7-6 at home by Paignton Villa.

Mollie Dring scored all six of Lakeside’s goals, while Kayleigh Barker netted five times for Paignton.

Also in the division, Marjon overcome Tavistock 16-0 at home.

In the Cornwall Women’s Cup, Saltash Borough came from a 1-0 deficit at half-time to beat Bodmin 4-1 thanks to goals from Lucy Borthwick, Sophie Perrin, Abby Shapland and Stacey Gill.

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