Bishops Lydeard 0-8 Argyle Ladies

ARGYLE Ladies continued their good pre-season form when they followed up the 8-3 win at Exeter City to knock in another eight goals against a plucky Bishops Lydeard outfit.

Playing on a superb surface with excellent facilities Argyle set about their work with seven first-choice players missing. This enabled manager Dave Leonard to include Danni Wyatt, Ellie Bishop, Beth Everson, Kiara-Jade Robins, Holly Cole and another 16 year-old in the squad, Beth Cowd.

Argyle took the lead through Natasha Knapman, with skipper Katie Middleton adding the next. The goals kept coming at regular intervals, with the lively Amber Pollock making it 3-0.

Jessica Jones then got in on the act before another youngster, Holly Cole, made it 5-0. Argyle continued to press and 16 yea-old Beth Iverson was the next on the score sheet. The Somerset side battled hard throughout but Argyle completed the scoring through Jones and Pollock both netting their second goals.

Leonard said: “They [Lydeard] put up a brave front but, like any pre-season friendly, we have to go out there with the right attitude, the right respect and we showed that throughout the whole game.

“We worked on a few new things I wanted the girls to do but there is still a lot to do, we are nowhere near the finished article. We went there with a depleted squad but Ellie Bishop did exceptional well in midfield, she had a really good tidy game.

“Danni Wyatt settled into the number 10 role and played really well. 16 year-olds Beth Everson and Beth Cowd showed up really well. It was a good work out as far as I was concerned, there was a lot of positives again scoring goals but next week will be a massive test against Bristol City.

“Defensively, how we play, how we deal with things, it’s nice to get some football in their legs and a good day all round. I would like to thank Bishops Lydeard for the fantastic hospitality and excellent pitch.”

Argyle squad: Trialist in goal, Faye Ivall, Katie Middleton, Mollie Taylor, Helen Bleazard, Jessica Jones, Amber Pollock, Natasha Knapman, Danni Wyatt, Ellie Bishop, Beth Everson, Kiara-Jade Robins, Holly Cole, Beth Cowd.

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