St Nicholas 0 Plymouth Argyle 8

ARGYLE Ladies started the season in impressive style with Natasha Knapman helping herself to give goals. Manager Travis Rowland said: “It was a big win but it was not the best of performances as we missed a lot of chances, we did well but there is room for improvement.”

The opening goal came when Molly Taylor set up Becky Atkins whose effort struck a post but the alert Knapman pounced to score. It quickly became 2-0 when Knapman tapped in a pin point Ezme Wells cross.

Atkins was having a terrific game in midfield alongside Dani Barr and she set up Knapman, who completed her hat-trick to make it 3-0 at half time. It took Argyle some time to add the next goal in the second half which duly came through Knapman. Argyle continued to press for more goals with Wells making it 5-0 on the hour mark. Two minutes later Rowland made a triple substitution. Becky Dandridge, Mollie Taylor and Dani Barr were replaced by Jessie Boston, Zoe Cunningham and Kayleugh Brown.

Argyle were virtually camped in the St Nicholas half and continued to push for more goals which duly came through Knapman. Player of the match Atkins set up Kayley Lane who fired the ball into the bottom corner of the net. And it was Atkins who set up Wells for her second goal to complete the scoring.

Rowland concluded: “Our fitness levels are very high and we have a number of players who can slip easily into the squad.” Next up for Argyle is a visit to Brislington who beat Basingstoke 3-0.

Squad: Michaela Phillips, Katie Middleton. Mollie Taylor, Ebony Dover, Darcey Hepworth, Kayley Lane. Becky Atkins. Becky Dandridge. Ezme Wells, Natasha Knapman, Dani Barr, Kayleigh Brown. Jessie Boston, Zoe Cunningham.

Goals: Natasha Knapman 5, Ezme Wells 2, Kayley Lane