Torquay United Ladies opened up their new league campaign with a heavy defeat this afternoon. Bishops Lydeard were the visitors to the G.J. Churchward Memorial Ground for todays South West Women’s Premier League encounter and ran out comfortable 11-2 winners.
It was a different side to last weekend’s FA Cup qualifier, and manager Jamie McInnes reshuffled his pack accordingly for today’s game.
Bishops Lydeard opened the scoring in the opening quarter of an hour, and soon added a second from the penalty spot. Gulls goalkeeper Neave Gosling got a hand to it but could not prevent the ball reaching the corner of the net.
Disaster then struck for United as Lydeard ran rampant in a 10 minute spell before the break, racking up a 7-0 lead in the first period.
HALF TIME: Torquay United 0-7 Bishops Lydeard
The second half started, and the Ladies kept trying. Despite the scoreline, United looked to force Lydeard back, and got themselves on the scoresheet soon after the break. Ellie Hellyer won possession around 30 yards out before hitting a brilliant strike into the top corner.
Lydeard responded well, and added another goal to their tally 5 minutes later.
The Gulls, to their credit, continued to try and close the gap, and were rewarded with a second goal. It was a good build up down the right, and a move involving Kasey Dickson, Anna Commander-Finnemore and Danni Wyatt, before the ball fell to Niamh Farrell who struck home from 20 yards.
Lydeard were soon given a second penalty, which Gosling saved, but added another three goals before the final whistle, to round off what was an extremely tough opening day for everybody connected with Torquay United Ladies.
FULL TIME: Torquay United Ladies 2-11 Bishops Lydeard
Squad: N. Gosling, N. Farrell, M. Strong, Amy Evans, T. Allen, L. Shaw, Amber Evans, E. Hellyer, K. Dickson, L. Swaine, D. Wyatt (c). Subs: A. Commander-Finnemore, S. Lacey