Coventry 9 Argyle Ladies 1

ARGYLE Ladies suffered their heaviest defeat since January 2016, which also came at the hands of a rampant Coventry United.

This latest loss, however, was completely out of character for the current squad and left manager David Leonard bemused and frustrated.

“In all my years of playing and managing, I don't have any words and I can't explain how I feel,” he said. “They were not eight goals better than us but the result doesn't lie, it seems the confidence throughout the team has gone.”

In front of 209 supporters, Argyle were 3-0 down inside 11 minutes and there was no way back, despite the Pilgrims recovering their composure to exert some mild pressure at the other end.

Unfortunately, the respite was momentary, as Coventry banged in two more before half-time. Leonard made some changes at the break and rallied the troops with immediate impact, as Helen Bleazard finished off a Becky Dandridge pass for a goal back.

Coventry clearly took offence and rattled in four more goals for a resounding victory. Argyle will need to find something very different when they return to Coventry this weekend for an FA Cup clash.

Argyle’s development side had their at Exeter & Tedburn Rangers postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

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