PLYMOUTH Argyle Ladies picked up three valuable points against high-flying Watford in the FA Women’s National League Southern Division on Sunday.
The result, in front of a healthy crowd, would have been more clear-cut but for two uncharacteristic errors that led to both Watford goals.
Argyle went in to the game without leading scorer Helen Bleazard, central defender Panagiota Papaioannou and midfielder Zoe Cunningham, which meant calling into the squad teenagers Faye Ivall and Tamsin Medd-Gill.
The Pilgrims went behind in the 13th minute when a mix up between Ebony Dover and goalkeeper Lindsay Rogers ended with Adekite Fatuga-Dada giving Watford the lead. Argyle responded with Kayley Lane having a goal ruled out for off side and Becky Dandridge striking the crossbar.
The equaliser arrived through a Kate Middleton penalty following a foul on Dandridge with Mollie Taylor making it 2-1 at half time. Jessica Jones made it 3-1 in the second half after being put through by Dandridge.
With two minutes remaining, Middleton lost possession to Leanne Bell, who raced clear to score. Thankfully Argyle held on to win their first league match after four successive league defeats.
It was just one of those days for the Development team, who suffered only their second defeat of the season when they succumbed to a Beth Ellis hat-trick at Bideford in the FA Women’s South-West League Western Division.