Callington Town 0 Plymouth Argyle 10
ARGYLE ladies kept up their impressive pre-season form with another emphatic victory against their Cornish opponents. This was a hastily arranged match as both teams’ original opponents pulled out of their pre-season games.
It became obvious from the start that the Lady Pilgrims were going to be too strong but having played the last two games on artificial surface, they found the long grass hindering their close passing game. Having camped themselves in the hosts half it took them until the tenth minute to take the lead, when Natasha Knapman raced on to a through ball to fire the ball low into the corner of the net.
Four minutes later, a great Kayley Lane cross was met first tine by Ezme Wells who made no mistake, and it was Wells who made it 3-0 at half time when running on to a pinpoint Knapman pass to slam it into the roof of the net.
Callington had an opportunity to reduce the arrears early in the second half when Elery Griffiths took advantage of a defensive mistake, only to have her well-struck shot superbly saved by goalkeeper Michaela Philips.
Argyle continued to dominate and increased their lead in the 58th minute when Becky Dandridge was allowed to race forward before unleashing a great shot into the roof of the net. Two minutes later, Lane headed in a fine Wells cross.
The pressure began to tell with two goals being scored within a minute. Barr unleashed a thunderbolt from distance, followed a minute later when Wells found Dandridge, whose cross was headed in by Knapman. Three minutes later a great ball from Dandridge found Cunningham who nonchalantly chipped the ball over the advancing goalkeeper to nestle into corner of the net. Two minutes later Wells fired over a low cross which was met by the onrushing Cunningham who fired the ball into the net from the edge of the penalty area.
The scoring was completed five minutes from time when Becky Atkins chipped the ball to Knapman who volleyed home from the edge of the penalty area to complete her hat trick.
Argyle squad: Micheala Phillips, Darcey Hepworth, Katie Middleton, Phoebie Baker, Jessie Bostom, Kayley Lane, Becky Atkins, Zoe Cunningham, Ezme Wells, Becky Dandridge, Natasha Knapman, Danni Barr, Kayleigh Brown.
Goals: Natasha Knapman 3, Ezme Wells 2, Zoe Cunningham 2, Becky Dandridge, Kayley Lane, Danni Barr.
Argyle are in action again on Thursday for a match against a Yeovil Town eleven behind closed doors.
Torquay United 2 Plymouth Argyle Development 3
THIS hastily arranged fixture played at Bovey Tracey was a terrific boost to the confidence for the Argyle second string. Playing against a team who play in a higher league could have proved daunting for the young Lady Pilgrims but they emerged with flying colours.
Argyle went into the game without a recognised goalkeeper with Hayley Ranachan, who was hoping to make her debut up front, donning the gloves. Argyle also gave new signing from Charlestown, Amber Hadrill, a place in the squad.
Torquay started the better. If it wasn’t for some important last ditch challenges from defenders Alex Hugh, Abigail Scurr, Becky Parkyn and Tamsin Medd-Gill, Argyle would have been behind.
Shania Fenlon came close with two headed efforts and Lucy Solloway looked dangerous on the break. The game swung from end to end before a half clearance was pounced on by Catherine Davis, who shot home from just outside the penalty area to give Argyle the lead. Argyle, though, were constantly under threat with Jana Richards on the left causing all sorts of problems.
Argyle increased their lead early in the second half when a corner from Izzy Berks wasn’t dealt with by the home defence and Summer Taylor cleverly hooked the ball over her shoulder and into the net.
Torquay responded well and a fine run from Sian Chapman found her one on one with Ranachan to reduce the arrears. Torquay then deservedly drew level when Daisy Self powerfully headed in a corner. Argyle re-grouped and were rewarded when Gabi Alphous chased a lost cause and managed to charge down the attempted clearance to scramble the ball home to give Argyle a deserved victory.
Manager Rob Bonney said: “This was a massive test for our youngsters. We had to be very patient out of possession today, which is an unusual experience for us. We started with a different system, which didn’t suit so Si (Parnell) and myself changed the system to get ourselves a foothold in the game.
“We defended well as a team and looked dangerous on the break. All credit to the girls for not letting their heads drop after losing the two-goal lead. A special mention to Hayley Ranachan who volunteered to take up the position of goalkeeper.”
Squad: Hayley Ranachan, Alex Hugh, Becky Parkyn, Charlie Rollerson, Izzy Berks, Emily Baker, Gabi Alphous, Lucy Solloway, Shania Fenlon, Abigail Scurr, Armanie Crabtree, Tamsin Medd-Gill, Catherine Davis, Summer Taylor, Amber Hadrill
Goals: Catherine Davies, Summer Taylor, Gabi Alphous
Next up for Argyle is a visit to Bishops Lydeard on Sunday.