Sarah Stacey nets five as Plymouth Argyle Ladies beat Gloucester City
SOUTH WEST COMBINATION LEAGUE Gloucester City...1 Plymouth Argyle...6
PLYMOUTH Argyle Ladies ran out easy winners on their return to league action at Gloucester City.
The Pilgrims dominated the match from start to finish. They took the lead on 11 minutes when Nicky Lake slid a fine pass for Sarah Stacey to run onto and delicately dink the ball over the keeper.
She followed up three minutes later, shooting between the keeper's legs.
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Argyle went three up when Alex Hugh put over a fine diagonal ball into the box for Ellie Dorey to touch into the net.
The Greens were slow to start in the second half and allowed Gloucester to run through almost unchallenged to lob keeper Katie Middleton.
But Argyle got back on track in the 63rd minute when Stacey completed her first senior hat-trick, running through to beat the keeper easily.
Two more goals from Stacey in the 80th and 90th minutes. rounded of a brilliant afternoon for her and ensured Argyle remained in fourth spot, hot on the heels of the teams above them.
SOUTH WEST LEAGUE WESTERN DIVISION MAP Ladies...10 Torpoint Ladies...1
MARINE Academy continued their push for promotion to the South West Premier Division by hitting double figures against Torpoint.
The win leaves MAP second in the table just four points behind leaders Bay, but with two games in hand.
However, third-placed Truro City are likely to be the team to watch. They have yet to lose this season and have three games in hand on MAP and five on Bay.
MAP totally outplayed Torpoint in blustery conditions.
The match was over as a contest as early as the 15th minute as MAP scored three times through top scorer Kate Nicholls (2) and new signing Danni Moody, who enjoyed a promising debut.
With MAP putting the Cornish visitors under pressure they eventually scored their fourth on the stroke of half-time.
In the second period they added further goals through captain Grace O'Leary and Nicholls.
The latter went on to score a personal total of seven goals to hit the 19 mark for the season.
MAP's final goal was from defender Louise Chaves, who beat three players on a run from her own half before planting a shot into the top corner to round off the scoring to record her first goal of the season.
Manager Dave Byrne: "After a long lay off from league action it was pleasing to get another three points on the board to maintain our title challenge.
"The team in particular in the second half got the ball down and played some decent football."
WESTWARD DEVELOPMENTS DEVON WOMEN'S LEAGUE
UNIVERSITY of Plymouth eased through to the semi-finals of the Devon League Cup with a 14-0 win over Plainmoor Ladies.
In the Premier Division, Activate collected all three points from a high scoring match at home to Feniton.
Ruby Lester notched twice, with Wendy and Amy Wise, Jodie Martin and Chelsea Semmings getting the others for Activate.