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Match Report

League

Plymouth Argyle LFC

Natasha Knapman (1)

Rebecca Dandridge (2)

Zoe Cunningham (1)

Sun 26 Mar, 2017

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Basingstoke Ladies

Two goals inside six minutes from substitute Becky Dandridge saw Argyle Ladies follow up last week’s win over Maidenhead United with another good all round performance against Basingstoke Town. Manager Travis Rowland had to make a major re-shuffle when goalkeeper Michaela Phillips had to pull out through illness which saw Captain Katie Middleton donning the gloves. This meant Ebony Dover returning from injury to partner Mollie Taylor at the heart of the defence. Rowland was also without strikers Tori Marks and Amber Pollock.

 

Playing against a strong wind and on a bumpy surface, Argyle took time to settle as Basingstoke decided from the onset to get everyone behind the ball. The lady pilgrims eventually settled into a rhythm with Ezme Wells setting up Kayley Lane and Zoe Cunningham also setting up Lane whose shot was blocked. The ball rebounded to Natasha Knapman who blazed the ball narrowly wide. Cunningham then shot tamely before the breakthrough came in the 23rd minute when Mollie Taylor spotted Natasha Knapman. Her pin point cross saw Knapman leap in front of goalkeeper Erin Davis-Donne to head Argyle into the lead for her 25th goal of the season. The lively Cunningham then set up Knapman who shot narrowly over the bar.

 

Argyle thought they had doubled the lead when a huge goalmouth scramble following a Becky Atkins corner resulted in Rachel Javan celebrating a goal but with the assistants view obscured by a defender lying on the ground a goal was denied. Cunningham then found Javan wide on the left wing but her flighted cross deceived everyone to bounce off the base of a post.

 

Argyle with the wind at their backs in the second half pushed forward searching for more goals and the next almost came when Cunningham raced clear to send in a cross which Lane headed narrowly wide. The pressure finally told in the 54th minute when after good work by Lane, Cunningham latched on to the loose ball to fire it in from 16 yards. The Basingstoke defence was coming under increasing pressure with Lane twice having good efforts saved with Knapman having another effort blocked. Manager Travis Rowland then rang the changes as Knapman was replaced by Becki Dandridge and Wells by Gabi Alphous.

 

Within two minutes of coming on Dandridge headed in a great Lane cross at the far post after Cunningham's searching pass picked out Lane who had taken up a position wide on the right wing. The unfortunate Javan was denied again by the woodwork when after an Atkins free kick saw Dover's header saved, Javan's follow up shot rebounded off a post. Lane continued to cause havoc on the right wing and in the 78th minute another Lane run and cross was deflected to Dandridge who made no mistake. Two minutes later Kayleigh Brown came on for the tiring Dover. Another Lane cross to Cunningham saw her rasping drive superbly tipped over the crossbar by Davis-Donne. With two minutes of added on time played Basingstoke were awarded a free kick for a foul by Brown which Middleton – who had nothing to do all afternoon only able to palm the ball out to Michelle Kimber who forced the ball over the line.

 

Manager Rowland was pleased overall with the performance saying: 'We knew with their (Basingstoke) set up that we had to work out how to break them down. And it worked as we could have won by a lot more.' Adding: 'We defended well and we kept playing football in the right areas and it was good to see Natasha Knapman scoring – something she has done in every league game she has played in.'

Starting line up

  • Katie Middleton

    Katie's experience and ability to be an organiser and disciplined leader will greatly assist the the extremely young side over the coming promotion campaign. Renowned for her excellent distribution and free kicks, combined with her tough tackling ...

  • Jessie Boston

  • Rachel Javan

    Twitter @: @RAJavan86 Nickname: Jav  Previous Clubs: Newton Abbot, Cullompton Occupation: Personal Trainer and Entrepreneur Hobbies: Football, Listening to music, I like working out & Spending time with family Supports...

  • Dani Barr

    Twitter @: @dannibarr6 Occupation: Quantity Surveyor Previous Clubs: Newquay Ladies, Truro Ladies, Penzance Ladies Hobbies: Football, fitness, spending time with friends. Supports: Arsenal (and the Green Army!) Favour...

  • Ebony Dover

    Twitter @: @ebonydover Nickname: Ebz Occupation: Student Previous Clubs: Yeovil Town LFC Hobbies: Adventuring  Supports: Manchester United Favourite Footballer: Wayne Rooney Career Highlight: Beating Liverpool Ladies 1-0 in a pre-...

  • Mollie Taylor

    Nickname: Tetley Twitter @: @mollietaylor_6Occupation: Painting & Decorating, Business Woman Previous Clubs: Devon FA county Hobbies: Gym / Spending time with family and friends / Football/ Restoring furniture Team Supported:...

  • Becky Atkins

    Nickname: Ratkins Twitter @: @atkins1991 Occupation: Admin manager at Derriford Hospital Previous Clubs: Newquay LFC Hobbies: Watching football, Running, Reading and socialising  Team Supported: Manchester United Favourite Players:...

  • Ezme Wells

    Nickname: Ez Twitter @: @EzmeWells  Occupation: Student Studying: Level 3 Sports Diploma Hobbies: Football & Music Occupation: Sports Co-ordinator for John Fowler holidays Previous Clubs: Liskeard Girls, Looe Girls, Devon FA T...

  • Natasha Knapman

    Twitter @: @knaperz Nickname: Knapz or Tash  Occupation: Dog walker / pet sitter Previous Clubs: Yeovil town, exeter city Hobbies: Walking dogs, taekwondo, squash, zumba - I love to dance! Supports: Tottenham Favourite Fo...

  • Kayley Lane

    Twitter @: @kayleylaneee Nickname: Laney Previous Clubs: Newquay LFC  Occupation: Community Sports Development Officer at CoachMakers Hobbies: Football and socialising Supports: Arsenal Favourite Player: Patrick Vierra C...

  • Zoe Cunningham

    Twitter @: @ZoeCunningham6 Previous Clubs: Arsenal and Reading Occupation: Postie Hobbies: Football, Mountain Biking and Surfing  Supports: St Mirren  Favourite Player: Paul Scholes Career Highlight: Winning the league an...

Substitutes used

  • Kayleigh Brown

    Nickname: Brownie Twitter @: @Brownieex Occupation: Trainee PE Teacher Previous Clubs: Devon FA & Cornwall FA Studying: Physical Education Hobbies: Variety of Sports / Socialising/Horse riding/meeting friends Team Supporte...

  • Rebecca Dandridge

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  • Gabi Alphous

    Twitter @: @gabiaphous01 Nickname: Gabi  Previous Clubs: Lakeside Occupation: Retail Sales Advisor Hobbies: Football Supports: Arsenal

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