MAP show strength in depth to beat Taunton
SOUTH WEST WOMEN'S FOOTBALL LEAGUE WESTERN DIVISION ONE
Marine Academy Plymouth...6 Taunton Ladies...0
AN under-strength Marine Academy side still proved too strong for their bottom-of-the-table visitors at Marine Academy School.
The home side struggled in the early stages against spirited Taunton, who are fighting to avoid relegation, but once Sam Drewery opened the scoring on 20 minutes, MAP settled and the result was never in doubt from that moment.
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The remainder of the half was well contested but it was the home side who scored a second five minutes before the break when 17-year-old forward Georgie Talbot found the back of the net.
The second period proved to be more comfortable as Marine Academy got into their rhythm and in-form top goalscorer Kate Nicholls scored a 25-minute hat-trick to record her 10th goal in two games.
On the stroke of full-time Drewery added her second to complete the scoring.
MAP manager Dave Burns said: "In all fairness we were not at our best, but this result sets us up for the next two weeks when we play unbeaten Truro City twice in what will ultimately decide our final standing in the league this season.
"We are all looking forward to these fixtures and go into the games full of confidence having only one league defeat ourselves this season."
IN the same division, Torpoint were beaten 11-1 at home by fourth-placed Falmouth, while in the Premier Division, relegation-threatened Plymstock United lost 6-0 away at Downend Flyers.
WESTWARDS DEVELOPMENT DEVON WOMEN'S LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
AFC Plympton...2 Exeter and Tedburn...0
AFC Plympton Ladies moved to the top of the Westward Development Devon League with a 2-0 home win against Exeter and Tedburn.
Plympton dominated the game from start to finish, but a good defensive display and great goalkeeping by the visitors, along with poor finishing by the Plympton attack kept the game interesting.
It took AFC until the 38th minute to open the scoring when Chelsea Robinson took aim and hit the top corner from 20 yards out.
The second half was wave after wave of Plympton attacking play, without finding the second goal until the 70th minute when the move of the game saw Lauren Boyle score from the edge of the box after a superb team build up.
AFC play away at Ashmoor next Sunday in the league cup semi-final, when they will be hoping to improve on this display to progress to the final.