BARNSTAPLE Town Ladies gave a battling display, but could not match a strong young Plymouth Argyle side in the South West League and lost 5-1. Barum defended well, but Argyle had the lion's share of possession. A couple of good saves by stand-in keeper A

BARNSTAPLE Town Ladies gave a battling display, but could not match a strong young Plymouth Argyle side in the South West League and lost 5-1.Barum defended well, but Argyle had the lion's share of possession. A couple of good saves by stand-in keeper Andrea Mules, switched from centre-back due to an ongoing ankle injury, left Plymouth frustrated in the early stages. But the deadlock was broken in the 22nd minute, when Argyle shot high into the net, giving the keeper no chance and a long-range shot after a miskick from the keeper put them 2-0 ahead on the half-hour.Good finishing enabled the Argyle girls to add two more and effectively kill the game off by half-time.Barum came out in determined mood after the break, working hard and passing the ball better.Emma Horne's shot went to the keeper, but Town's persistence paid off when Jessica Pearce chased a through ball and scored from a wide angle. Town's heads lifted and they battled hard, but Argyle were always stronger on the attack and punished some poor defending to score again.Town are on their travels next week, when they play top of the league Newquay.They are still looking for new players to cover injuries, pregnancies and work commitments, which have depleted their squad.Anyone interested, call Andrea Mules on 07882757891. Georgeham are preparing for their Devon Women's League Cup semi-final clash at home to Liverton United this Sunday (k.o. 2.30).