Devon Ladies Kick-Off

It was a mixed bag for Devon Ladies’ teams as the new season kicked-off in the Women’s Premier League

Exeter City and Buckland Athletic enjoyed fantastic victories in their opening games of the National League Division One West, but Plymouth Argyle went down to a defeat in the National League Southern Division.

Buckland are top of the pile after a superb 4-0 win away at Maidenhead United. Sarah Stacey opened the scoring on 14 minutes and she doubled her tally with another well-taken effort just before the half-time interval.

Maidenhead were then stunned by a blistering start to the second period, as Natalie Warman struck and Stacey completed a superb hat-trick within five minutes of the restart. Buckland cruised through the remainder of the game and next look forward to a trip to Keynsham Town Ladies in the FA Women’s National League Cup.

Exeter City Women were almost as impressive in dismissing Larkhall Athletic with a 3-0 triumph. Anthea Kaptein opened the scoring on 18 minutes and the Grecians were two ahead with a goal from Sophie Gillies early in the second period.

A penalty from Zoe Watkins completed the confident victory and Exeter can now look forward to an intriguing Devon derby at home to Plymouth Argyle Ladies in the Cup on Sunday.

The Pilgrims opened their league campaign with a 2-0 loss at Crawley Wasps but it was still a fine display from a young Argyle side against one of the teams tipped for possible promotion, with manager Dave Leonard describing his ‘pride’ in their performance.

The rollercoaster has begun for another season in the Devon ladies’ football.