Premier League Cup First Round

Plymouth Argyle 3 Chichester City 1

ARGYLE Ladies had a score to settle against their Sussex opponents, as it was the 5-4 home defeat to Chichester in the league last season that cost us promotion.

Argyle started the game really well with a goal was always on the cards, and who else to give them the lead but in-form Natasha Knapman. After an excellent passing move, Knapman shot across the goal into the corner of the net. Unfortunately, Argyle were caught out minutes later when Jade Widdows drew the teams level.

Argyle could have rued a number of missed chances and it didn’t look good when, five minutes into the second half, Ezme Wells, who had taken a knock, was replaced by Tori Marks. It took the flying winger ten minutes to get on the score-sheet following excellent work by Knapman. Marks picked up the ball and drilled it into the net.

Five minutes later, Knapman scored her second when a Becky Dandridge corner was met at the near post by a Kate Middleton flick-on, which fell to the alert Knapman to score with a well-struck half-volley.

Argyle were never really troubled and safely saw out the tie to make it to the second round, which will be drawn on Tuesday.

“I could not be more proud of the girls, we exorcised a few demons out there and they stuck to their task,” said manager Travis Rowland. “Extremely proud of how they stuck to the task ahead.”

Squad: Michaela Phillips, Darcey Hepworth, Kate Middleton, Mollie Taylor (Jessie Boston 80), Phoebe Baker, Kayley Lane, Zoe Cunningham, Becky Dandridge, Ezme Wells (Tori Marks 50), Natasha Knapman, Amber Pollock (Becky Atkins 70).

Unused substitute Kayleigh Brown

Goals: Natasha Knapman 38, 65. Tori Marks 60.

South West League Western Division

Plymouth Argyle Development 4 Alphington 3

ARGYLE’S Development Squad came through a hard-fought encounter against one of their title challengers. Argyle started the stronger but almost conceded when young goalkeeper Neave Gosling made a brave save.

The Pilgrims continue to carve out chances with Faye Ivall, Tamsin Medd-Gill and Lucy Solloway having good efforts saved. Alphington were then unfortunate not to take the lead when a header from a corner hit the crossbar.

Home pressure eventually told when Cath Davis robbed an Alphington defender and fed Dani Salt, who set up Gabi Alphous to fire home from a narrow angle.

Despite being under pressure in the second half Argyle, doubled their lead when on the counter-attack, as Salt finished off a flowing move by finding the the corner of the net.

Alphington fought back with Samantha Gray scoring with a long range effort but we made it 3-1 through Faye Ivall. Laura Burwood struck for the visitors but, once again, Argyle took a two-goal lead when a fine ball from Salt set up Alphous who produced a a clinical finish. Back came Alphington through Burwood but Argyle held on well for the victory.

Manager Rob Bonney said: “It was much improved on our last two games. Even though they ended in victories, the performance was missing. The passing and movement was a lot better and they showed great character after letting a two goal lead slip.”

Squad: Neave Gosling, Cath Davis, Becky Parkyn, Charlie Rollerson, Rachal Javan, Dani Barr, Faye Ivall, Lucy Solloway, Dani Salt, Tamsin Medd-Gill, Gabi Alphous. Shania Fenlon, Kerry Vinnicombe, Abbie Scurr, Charlotte Whitmore, Alex Hugh

Goals Gabi Alphous 2, Dani Salt, Faye Ivall.

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