Argyle Ladies 7-1 Southampton Women

THE sunshine did nothing to quell more attacking brilliance from Plymouth Argyle Ladies in a dominant win over Southampton on Sunday.

It was a crucial fixture in the race for glory in South-West Division 1 of the FA Women’s Premier League, with Southampton top but Argyle chasing hard and games in hand for the girls in Green.

The Pilgrims have been ruthless with their finishing all season but the opener for Amber Pollock did need some help from a big deflection on 14 minutes.

Pollock’s second required no such assistance, firing home with customary composure and a further two-goal blitz before half-time effectively ended the contest. Becky Dandridge made it 3-0 before captain Katie Middleton rifled home a confident penalty.

There was no way leading scorer Natasha Knapman would stay off the score-sheet for the whole game, finding the net on 50 minutes and again soon after for 6-0. Zoe Cunningham added number seven and a late goal for Southampton was scant consolation.

The visitors showed enough quality to demonstrate why they have set the pace this season but Argyle were excellent, and we are right in the title mix. In an intriguing twist of the fixture schedule, the reverse game at Southampton is this weekend and it is going to be an epic encounter.