Pilgrims keep pressure on as Perrett seals win
SOUTH WEST COMBINATIONUniversity of Portsmouth...2 Plymouth Argyle Ladies...6
PLYMOUTH Argyle kept up the pressure on the leaders with an impressive victory in Hampshire.
The fourth-placed Pilgrims dominated from the outset and it was no surprise when they took the lead in the 19th minute through midfielder Steph Beck.
And she followed that up four minutes later with a fine low drive for a second goal.
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The home side pulled a goal back from the penalty spot after defender Jodie Chubb tripped a player in the box.
And just before the break Chloe Bassett crossed for Emily Mousley to pick her spot and make it 3-1 at the interval.
The second-half continued in the same vein as Argyle increased their lead on 56 minutes. Ellie Dorey delivered a fine corner for Laura Perrett to rise and head the ball home.
More chances came and went before the hosts scored a second goal for 4-2, to give them some hope in the 70th minute.
Middleton restored Argyle's three-goal lead with a fine free-kick from fully 30 yards before Perrett completed the scoring, expertly guiding a pinpoint Bassett cross to just inside the post.
SOUTH WEST PREMIER DIVISION Plymstock Utd...0 Bristol Ladies Union...6
PLYMSTOCK United were hit by unavailabilities and were forced to take on early pacesetters Bristol with just 10 players.
They found themselves 2-0 down after 15 minutes and by half-time they were 6-0 down.
But after the half-time pep talk, United responded well to prevent any further scoring.
WESTERN DIVISION WEST MAP Ladies...1 Bay Ladies...1
MARINE'S inability to convert their chances proved costly as unbeaten leaders Bay scored a last-minute equaliser.
Bay Ladies, who are five points clear at the top of the table, were soon under early pressure as MAP consistently beat the offside trap with late runs.
Sam Drewery found herself one-on-one with the goalkeeper but failed to finish on both occasions as the game remained scoreless at the break.
MAP started the second half with a real urgency and got their reward on the hour when Emma Anderson latched onto a through ball to slot the ball across the keeper and into the net.
The home side continued to push with Georgie Talbot going close before Leanne Griffiths struck the bar.
With 15 minutes to go MAP lost their composure as Bay pushed forward and it was no shock when the late equaliser arrived.
WESTWARD DEVELOPMENTS DEVON PREMIER DIVISION Ashmoor...0 AFC Plympton...2
AFC PLYMPTON opened up the race for the title with a 2-0 win at leaders Ashmoor.
Third-placed Plympton, who are now just three points behind Ashmoor with a game in hand, got their goals in the first eight minutes.
Danii Moody received a pass from Chez Phillips in the second minute to fire home from 18 yards.
Plympton kept up the early pressure and scored a well deserved second when Sam Metters claimed her 11th goal of the season with a well-taken left foot shot from close range.
Meanwhile, University of Plymouth are up to fourth after beating bottom club Exeter University 10-1.
DIVISION ONE Tavistock...3 Bideford...1
TAVISTOCK moved up to third in the table after overcoming second-placed Bideford at home.
Gemma Small scored two of Tavistock's goals, with their other coming from Donna Weeks.