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Westward Developments Devon Women's League

Some consistencies are more preferable than others, as proved by the relative fortunes of the participants in the battle of the Argyles.

Hosts Okehampton conceded five goals for the third time in three games, with visitors Plymouth making it three wins in three starts in the Westward Developments Devon Women’s League Premier Division.

Sam Blake grabbed a hat-trick and Rachel Finch two goals for the Plymouth side, but at least Okehampton’s Michelle Vaughan achieved a season’s first by putting a goal past the Plymouth defence.

Georgeham moved up to second after defeating Exmouth Town, for whom debut girl Michaela Widlake scored twice. Keely Druce, Erin Starnes and Chloe Payne were all on target for Georgeham.

Isca Vikings’ 5-0 victory at Totnes Town pushed them up to third and gave them a boost for next weekend’s FA Cup second qualifying round home tie against Bath City. K-Lee Beer fired home two, backed up by single strikes from Abby Yukon, Vicky Barter and Jodie Mills.

Exeter Rangers opened their account with a close-run 4-3 victory at home to Torquay Ladies. Sarah Forrester (2), Ruth Willans and Sammy Griffiths scored for Rangers, with Torquay replying through Helena Ruffles (2) and Vicky Elliott.

Division One leaders Bideford met Barnstaple Town, with Barnstaple Town running out 1-0 winners and taking over at the top of the table.

Ilfracombe Town blasted out of the blocks with an opening 8-1 victory over Tavistock Town. Donna Adams (4), Jess Pearce (3) and Shelley Greaves did the damage for Ilfracombe, with Kirsty Jones replying for Tavistock. The win left Ilfracombe in third.

Feniton stayed in fourth after their 7-2 defeat of Galmpton United, with Natasha Lovell rifling home a hat-trick, and Rose Akers claiming four. New signing Leanne Hunt grabbed both of Galmpton’s goals in a game which saw Feniton start with ten players and Galmpton end the game with nine. In a generally good-humoured game one incident produced a yellow card for a Feniton player and a red for a Galmpton player, followed later by the dismissal of the Galmpton keeper for an apparent foul on a Feniton forward.

Westward Developments Devon Women's League

Match results, reports, fixtures and league tables for Westward Developments Devon Women's League Premier Division and Division 1.

Premier Division

Another week, another five goals. Plymouth Argyle Res maintained their 100% start in the Westward Developments Devon Women’s League Premier Division with a 5-0 defeat of Exmouth Town. Goals from Thompson, Hugill, McCann and Hagan (2) made it four wins in four starts for the reigning champions. Georgeham & Croyde stayed in second on the back of a 3-0 win at Exeter Rangers, with goals from Baker, Pugsley and Dixon. Dawlish Town returned after a week’s lay-off with a 3-1 defeat of Torquay Ladies. Blagdon (2) and former Torquay player Bayley were on target for Dawlish, with Torquay’s strike coming from Madge.

Division 1

Barnstaple Town kept up their charge towards the Premier division with victory over Galmpton United. Barnstaple’s two goals came in the final twenty minutes, from Bawden and Aspinall. Ilfracombe Town came home from Torridgeside with all three points, their 6-2 victory hauling them up to second place in the Division One table. Early leaders Bideford suffered another defeat, this time at the hands of Tavistock. Tavistock, securing their first win of the season, took the game 8-3, with goals from new signing Bench (3), Parsons (2), Jones, Atkinson and Hone. Liverton United seem to be putting their nightmare start to the season behind them, restricting Feniton to a 1-0 win at their Halford ground. Churchill scored the only goal of the game, raising Feniton to third place in the table. Plymouth University and Rolle Rockets return to the fray next weekend, with just Exeter Uni yet to make a start to their campaign.

Westward Developments Devon Women's League

Premier Division
Westward Developments Devon Women’s League Premier Division leaders Plymouth Argyle Res took ten players to Isca Vikings and the home team made full advantage of their numerical superiority by inflicting a first defeat of the season on the Plymouth side. A double strike from Jodie Mills gave Isca all three points, as they demonstrated their bouncebackability following their extra time FA Cup defeat the previous week. Emma Jenks scored Argyle’s consolation and, despite the defeat, Argyle stay top. The 2-2 draw between Georgeham & Croyde and Dawlish Town saw Georgeham close the gap on the leaders to two points, and Dawlish drop below Isca in the table. Exeter Rangers and Exmouth Town played out a 1-1 draw, with Mandy King on target for Rangers, and Michaela Widlake continuing her scoring ways for Exmouth. Totnes Town’s match with Torquay was postponed when their pitch was placed out of bounds by their landlord following a bit of rain.
Division 1
Scorelines went crazy in Division One with Feniton’s 17-0 defeat of Rolle Rockets, in the students’ first game of the season, leading the charge. Natasha Lovell bagged five for Feniton but Victoria Churchill netted a massive nine goals, taking her straight to the top of the leading scorers table. The margin of victory was enough to put Feniton into second place in the division, sliding above Ilfracombe Town despite Town’s equally impressive 11-0 victory over Liverton United. Jess Pearce and Donna Adams claimed four apiece for Ilfracombe, with Charlotte Butler (2) and Tammy Leworthy rounding off the scoring. Rhianne Parsons and Kate Atkinson both scored twice as Tavistock moved up to fourth with a 7-3 win at Torridgeside, but Barnstaple remained at the top of the table with a 9-0 win over Plymouth University in their first game of the campaign. Barnstaple shared the scoring among five of their number, with Tracey Capner claiming a hat-trick. The Galmpton United-Bideford game was postponed after the Bideford convoy was involved in a collision on the notorious North Devon Link Road, travelling to the match. The most seriously injured player was taken to hospital on a spinal board, although all injured players had been released from hospital by Sunday evening.

Westward Developments Devon Women's League

Match reports, results, tables and fixtures for Westward Developments Devon Women's Premier League and Division 1.

The rain that fell when the gales of November came early put out half of the Westward Developments Devon Women’s League ten-match programme. Premier Division leaders Plymouth Argyle Res were rained off for the second week on the trot, allowing Georgeham & Croyde the opportunity to take over at the top - which they did with a 5-1 defeat of Totnes Town. Totnes took the lead through Jenny Cater, but faded in the second half, as they did last week. Georgeham took the match points and divisional leadership through Erin Starnes, Lizzie Baker, Jodie Dixon, Wendy McQuillan and an own goal.

Isca Vikings tasted League defeat for the first time at the hands of Exeter University in a tight 3-2 game which ultimately went the way of the students. Natalie Romain (2) and Bethan Coupland grabbed the goals for Uni.

Torquay moved above Totnes with their first win of the season, a 4-3 result over Okehampton Argyle, who remain rooted to the bottom of the table.

The top clash in Division One saw leaders Ilfracombe Town travel to Feniton, who were lying in third place, three points behind the top two. Ilfracombe, defending a 100% record and having scored at least six goals in every game so far, were brought up smartly by goals from Sally Ames (2) and Naomi Holmes, leaving Feniton with a 3-0 win which saw them climb to second on goal difference behind the side they defeated. Barnstaple Town, whose game fell victim to the weather, dropped to third.

The only other game to survive the conditions resulted in a 5-3 win for Torridgeside at Liverton United. Torridgeside celebrated their first win of the season through two from Katie Mason and a Victoria Folland hat-trick. Liverton’s goals came from Roxy Williams (2) and Kerry Knott.

Barnstaple Town Ladies 1 Plymouth Argyle 5

County Cup semi-final
The David and Goliath clash in the semi final of the County Cup, was a bridge too far for Barum. A game of two halves saw Town compete for the majority of the first half, against South West Combination team, Plymouth Argyle. Barum were unable to find the back of the net even though they had two excellent chances. The first being from a corner, which looked like a certain goal, however it was diverted away by the Argyle keeper. The second, saw Hannah Dibble shoot wide, after losing her marker. At the other end Argyle punished the girls with an excellent counter attack to make it 1 nil and their confidence grew. Sloppy defending from a corner gifted Argyle a second, which was an easy tap in, which somehow went through 3 Town players. The second half was an uphill struggle for the girls, who were unable to get the ball out of their own half. Argyle with a strong midfield presence commanded the area and Town were second best for the majority of the half, despite their best efforts. Two further Argyle goals followed, before Town scored their consolation goal. Shahnaz Gullons determination saw her keep in, what looked to be an Argyle ball and she managed to cross the ball into the 6 yard area, where Amy Rigler was ready to slot the ball into the back of the net. Unfortunately Argyle added a further goal to the tally before the finally whistle. Town continue their push for second place in the league when they travel to Totnes on Sunday.

Dynamo Torquay 0 Barnstaple Town 5

Town ladies carried on in there push for second place with a very comfortable win against Torquay. Two goals from Jessica Pearce took town to the break in front, in what was a mostly scrappy first half. After the break Barnstaple played some of their best football for a while, attacking down both wings. It didn't take long before the third goal came, Leanne Cording scoring her first goal for town from close range, quickly followed by her second. Town ended the game with 10 players after Emma Jones limped off soon after scoring goal number five. The girls defence have only conceded one goal in last five league games which is a main factor in there charge up the table. The next game is away at lowly Feniton on Sunday.

Feniton 0 Barnstaple Town 9

Town continued their winning form, with their best performance so far this year. The awe Inspiring Dibble twins playing their best football of the season, linking up superbly, leaving the Feniton players unable to break down their play. They monopolised the middle of the park, which had a knock on effect for all of the Town players. Town went in at half time 5 nil up and produced 45 minutes of good passing football. Four further goals were scored in an exciting second half, with Town showing their strength and ability and why they are second in the league. Man of the match was edged by Nicola Capner who did not put a foot wrong, however could have gone to any of the players. Jessabell Pearce scored a hatrick, one of which being the best goal of the afternoon, when Town strung together numerous passes and a Dibble cross found Pearce who blasted into the back of the net. Gemma Aspinall back from University scored a brace and singles came from Sharon Ford, Hannah & Marie Dibble and Leanne Cording. Next week Town play local rivals Bideford at 3pm @ Mill Road. Town are on the look out for new players for next season, In particular youth players and a Goalkeeper to strengthen their squad. Any girls interested please call Andrea Mules on 0770 2165734.

Barnstaple Town 5 Bideford 0

Barum accomplished their mission of sustaining their clean sheet record against derby rivals Bideford. In four outings Bideford have not been able to penetrate Town's defence. The game was marred by the weather and in particular the strong wind which restricted the flow of the game. Town took the lead with a Shahnaz Gullon strike and a second followed shortly after. Bideford battled hard and were unlucky when a low cross narrowly missed their striker and sailed past the Town defender. Town went in at half time happy to have a 2 nil lead, after the pressure from the Bideford players. The girls went up a gear in the second half and battled hard and were rewarded within 10 minutes. Gullon added to her tally with another brace, to put the fixture out of Bideford's reach and she should have scored a lot more, apart from some uncharacteristic poor finishing, due to lack of match fitness. Deborah Thomson had a good game in the centre of the park, commanding the middle and picking up any loose balls and stopping the flow of bideford's possession. Town added to their tally with an Emma Jones strike and were robbed of a penalty in the last few minutes, when Mules was felled from behind when she got slipped passed her marker. The crowd and the players shouted for the penalty, but the referee was having none of it. Although Town won by 5 goals, the girls did not capitalise on several attempts. The girls are on the road for their last three matches, next weeks being against Totnes & Dartington, the girls only requiring a point to safeguard second place. Town are still on the look out for new players for next season, In particular youth players and a Goalkeeper to strengthen their squad, due to university and travelling. Any girls interested please call Andrea Mules on 0770 2165734

Totnes 0 Barnstaple Town 3

Barnstaple continued their fine form with their 8th consecutive clean sheet. However, they played some of their worst football of the season and could only go in at half time with a goaless draw. Totnes battled hard and made Barum work for the first half, however Barums defence would not allow Totnes a goal. In the second half the girls came out alot stronger and were rewarded with a Hannah Dibble strike after 10 minutes. This gave Town the confidence they needed and the girls picked up their game. They were rewarded with a goal by Jess Pearce, who robbed the defender on the left flank and past another defender, before burying the ball into the back of the net from a wide, narrow angle. The third came when Hannah Dibble added to her previous goal with another cracker from about 20 yards. Dibble was man of the match covering all of the pitch, in her determination to win the ball and always wanted to be part of the possession. Town's keeper did not have to make a save all game, the nearest Totnes effort was a free kick in the second half which just sailed over the bar, however Capner had it covered. Town have now secured second place, having gained 3 points when they only needed 1. Barum next game is in a fortnight when they travel to Tavistock, hoping to continue their good form.

Tavistock 0 Barnstaple Town Ladies 19

Tavistock produced a gutsy performance against Town, but still went down 19 nil. Tavistock could only field 8 players and this had an impact on the game from the start. Town used this as a training exercise and used the match to improve their possessional play. Town went in at half time 11 up after playing some impressive passing football. In the second half Town swapped defensive players and attackers. This worked just as well and they completed the second half with 8 further goals, which should have been more, however several of the players held the ball up to try and get all the players on the score sheet, when an easy goal would have been inevitable if they had tried to score. The top goal scorer was Jess Pearce with 5, whilst hatricks came from Emma Jones, Amy Rigler and Shahnaz Gullon. A brace and a first goal for Town for Andrea Mules and singles from Marie & Hannah Dibble and Leanne Cording. Tavistock have to be commended for their performance, none of their players giving up throughout the game. Town complete their league fixtures on the 14th May with a top of the table clash away to Plymouth Argyle. Town are still on the lookout for new players for next season especially young players and a goalie, so anyone interested please contact Andrea Mules on 07702165734

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