MATCH REPORT: Yeovil v Plymouth Argyle

Yeovil Women put in a convincing home performance as they returned to league action for the first time since early January.

The opening period set the tone for the rest of the match as Yeovil looked dangerous going forward and resolute in defence.

Early possession saw Argyle penned into their own half as Yeovil set about the task of breaking the deadlock.
Yeovil’s first opportunity came through a quick bit of thinking from midfielder Chloe Lloyd who rolled in Ellie Strippel but Ben Kyle in the Plymouth goal was there to smother the danger for the first time as a similar opportunity was again dealt with by Kyle not long after.

In between times Wiltshire was starting to come into the game and causing problems to the Argyle defence. Her cross was just too high for Rebecca Halford before captain Annie Heatherson and Wiltshire herself had efforts blocked or expertly save by Kyle.

Mid-way through the half and Argyle did have a period of pressure through a string of corners and Howard was called into action to make a smart save from a low Argyle driving shot.

The home side finally found the breakthrough as Meesha Dudley-Jones and Lloyd, who were a constant threat all day, combined before the latter delivered into the box. The second ball fell to Heatherson whose cleverly lifted the ball over the defender before following over Kyle who couldn’t get enough on it to keep the ball out.

Moments later Wiltshire could have doubled the lead by somehow an Argyle defender got the block.

HALF-TIME: Yeovil Town Women FC 1 – 0 Plymouth Argyle Ladies FC

Yeovil made a change at the half as Halford was replaced by Megan Wood.

Yeovil seemed to have a spark about them at the start of the half. High pressure led to a corner but Lloyd’s delivery was just too high for Heatherson.

Megan Wood was a lively addition to the Yeovil attack with efforts that were close.

The lead was doubled when Sarah Wiltshire latched on to the end of a through ball and her trademark lob nestled into the back of the net.

Yeovil continued to hunt in packs and threaten through the whole of the front line. Newly promoted youth academy player Jenna Markham joined the action and almost posed a dynamic threat in attack with Wood.

Markham made it three for Yeovil after her touch took the back tracking Argyle defence out of the equation as bravely poked home under the on rushing Kyle.

FULL-TIME: Yeovil Town Women FC 3 – 0 Plymouth Argyle Ladies FC

Manager Jamie Sherwood, “This weeks prep leading into the fixture was designed to ensure that we have energy moving into the final moments of the game and our intent and control throughout was contagious but our intensity at the end of the game was brilliant to witness and goes to show how we are building the squad and the programme to ensure we squeeze every last drop of effort we have into our performances.

The energy created by our players today became infectious and allowed everyone to play their part in the game and performance. Great to have three different scorers continuing the theme that everyone delivers for our performance outcomes, I thought Sarah Wiltshire calm finish when everyone else is frantic she is cool and “ice like” in front of goal to Chloe Lloyd’s covering of the pitch when out of possession with TJ and Katie Jones’ commanding display in the back four gave us a platform to build from and the icing on the cake was Jenna Markham again being a real threat to the opposition and to score her first league goal on her league debut at 16 shows the potential she has.

Today was a very pleasing display from the girls as there were many who didn’t predict this scoreline or result unless you’ve been in our environment for the past 4/5 weeks.

We set our standards again today and that is a notable mark in the sand for this group of players.”