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Devon Women’s Football League: large crowd for Teign derby

Devon Women’s Football League review with Keith Hawkins:

In the West Division of the Joma Devon Women’s Football League, the long-awaited River Teign derby between newcomers Teignmouth Ladies and Shaldon Villa took place at the Coombe Valley pitch in Teignmouth.

On a beautiful sunny afternoon, a large crowd enjoyed an exciting football match from start to finish.

Shaldon opened the scoring at the stroke of half-time when Teign’s goalkeeper failed to hold off a Roisin Skilton shot and it ended in the back of the net.

Villa doubled their lead minutes after the restart as Lauren Smith rose at the far post to come home with a one-time cross.

Teignmouth hit back to reduce the deficit as Lauren Hunton broke through the visitors’ defense to make it 2-1.

The game then fluctuated and both back lines and goalkeepers performed well, until Lauren Smith doubled her tally by hanging on to a deep ball to give Shaldon a 3-1 victory and the three points.

Torquay United Reserves traveled to take on early-season title rivals Signal Box Oak Villa and maintained their 100% record and strengthened their position at the top of the table.

They started off to a 3-1 halftime with goals from Leanne Robbins, Antonia Nash and Harriet Bowring and kept that scoring line throughout the second half.

After a delayed start, Activate earned a 7-1 away victory over Uni Plymouth.

Heidi Davies had a hat trick, Becky McMullin, scored twice with Carleigh Boyce and Amy Wise getting one each. Emily Watts scored for the students.

WEST DIVISION – Signal Box Oak Villa 1-3 Torquay United Reserves, Teignmouth Ladies 1-3 Shaldon Villa, Uni Plymouth 1-7 Activate.

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