Swindon Ladies 1 Argyle Ladies 2

GOALS from Emily Mousley and Chloe Bassett helped the Argyle Ladies to a 2-1 win over Swindon Town to send them top of the league.

Argyle should have had the game well and truly won by half time, but erratic finishing meant that they had just a single goal advantage at the break.

As early as the fifth minute, they had a great chance to take the lead.

Jodie Chubb was put in for a one on one with the Swindon ‘keeper but placed her shot wide of the goal and into the side netting.

Emily Mousley was also guilty of a bad miss when well placed but shot wildly over the bar.

She made amends soon after, though, when she latched on to Laura Perrett's through ball, outpaced her defender, sidesteped the advancing keeper before slottingthe ball into the empty net.

Just before half time, Argyle lost influential midfielder Becca Rose to injury but she was replaced by experienced Aoife Aherne.
Early in the second half, Mousley had another good opportunity to increase the lead but her cross-turned-shot went just outside the far post.

Seven minutes after half-time, Argyle went two up when Chloe Bassett, who is in a good run of form, converted at the second attempt after the Swindon 'keeper blocked her first shot.

It seemed Argyle were cruising to victory, but that changed on 65 minutes when Laura Perrett was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Swindon at once raised their game and got on the front foot. Argyle’s captain Katie Middleton had a great chance to make the game safe from the penalty spot after Mousley was tripped by the Swindon keeper, but her firmly struck shot hit the crossbar and was cleared.

Swindon pushed on and got their reward 15 minutes before time when hesitancy from Middleton allowed a Swindon forward to nip in and beat keeper Michaela Phillips. 

With a player down, Argyle came under some pressure in the final minutes but held firm to take the points that keeps them top of the league.

They are at home again on October 12, when Cornish rivals Newquay Ladies are the visitors to Weston Mill.