Argyle Development 3 Bideford Town 2
ARGYLE’S second string maintained their 100% winning record to stay top of the South West League Western Division.
The key for Argyle was to attack from wide which had an instant affect as, after Tamsin Medd-Gill won a second-minute corner, she was on hand to slam the ball home.
It became 2-0 in the 16th minute when Rachel Javan fed Gabi Alphous, who fired in from just outside the penalty area.
In the 25th minute, a mistake in midfield allowed Bideford's Lucy Clements to race clear and shoot past Neave.
Argyle were stunned when, within a minute of the restart, Bideford drew level after Samantha Ayres scored a penalty given for handball. The game was scrappy because of poor conditions and Bideford’s tactics, but Argyle battled on, looking for a winner.
Argyle missed a few great chances in the second half but the goal their efforts demanded eventually came, when, with just minutes remaining, Alphous showed her pace by running on to a superb through-ball to shoot past the advancing Darnly.
Manager Rob Bonney said: “We knew what to expect from Bideford; they play a very direct style. We were pleased by the way we started the game and we opened up a two-goal lead.
“Unfortunately, some sloppy play on two occasions allowed them back into the game but all we can do is praise the girls once more for the resilience and determination they showed.”