Argyle Ladies 2 Portsmouth 2
ON a memorable day for Argyle Ladies and Portsmouth, a hugely impressive crowd of 846 at Home Park witnessed a cracking game in the FA Women’s National League Southern Division.
Despite the blustery conditions, both teams put on a terrific show and a fairytale finish for Natasha Knapman, returning from a lengthy injury lay-off to grab a late equaliser for the Pilgrims.
Portsmouth took the early initiative, breaking the deadlock with a goal from Katie James but Argyle quickly responded, when a corner from Becky Dandridge was brought down superbly by Kayley Lane before she rifled home the leveller.
The visitors came back with a shot against the bar and then retook the lead when a swirling cross from Jade Widdows found the top corner of Argyle’s net.
Argyle took control after the break and the stage was set for Knapman, who came off the bench after six months out with an ankle injury. Knapman scored over 100 goals in the previous two seasons and the long-term absence has clearly not impacted her finishing instincts.
Lane was again involved in the second goal, swinging over a cross that perfectly matched the run of Knapman, who volleyed past the Portsmouth custodian, prompting wild celebrations from Argyle.