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Plymouth's memorable season
 Women's Football WPL Division 1 South West News - 1 Jun 2018
WPL Division 1 South West News - Plymouth's memorable season - 1 Jun 2018 - Women's Football News
Plymouth Argyle have finished a memorable season in which they lifted the South West Division One title.
This does not tell the whole story though as Plymouth also did well in both cups, getting as far as the quarter finals of the Premier League Cup and the SSE Women's FA Cup Fourth Round, following a run which had seen them play consecutive away ties as far away as AFC Wimbledon, Gillingham and Fylde Ladies.
In the league, four teams pulled away from the rest at the top of the table and this eventually narrowed out into a two-horse race, with Plymouth picking up four points as they and rivals Southampton Women met two weeks running at the start of May. This ultimately proved to be difference and Argyle clinched the league title with a 6-1 victory over Poole Town at Home Park, in their final match of the season.
Plymouth are managed by Travis Rowland, with Marc Bonney as his assistant and long serving player Katie Middleton wears the captain's armband. Natasha Knapman did take a lot of the headlines during the course of the season with a huge haul of 61 goals in all competitions, including 40 in just 17 league appearances, the most by any player in the FA Women's Premier League.
There has been no person though who can be singled out as playing an important role in Plymouth's success. Everybody from behind the scenes, the committee, to the pitch - managers, coaches, physio, players have all played an important part.
The 7-1 win against previously unbeaten Southampton Women in their top of the table clash was a standout result but also, going behind against Southampton Saints a couple of weeks earlier and drawing 1-1 was just as an important result, which showed the resilience and the never say die character of the players.
Manager Travis Rowland told Women's Soccer Scene: "Our best performance of the season, funnily enough, came in the SSE FA Women's Cup at Fylde in the Third Round. The way we adapted tactically against a very, very good side throughout the game, the tenacity all over the pitch and how quickly we transitioned into our attacking phases when we got the ball back. Our cup runs against teams from the step above gave the girls a lot of confidence and winning this tie made people take notice of us and what we are building.
"The second standout performance was away to Keynsham on the league. To pull out a performance like that, 31 hours after playing in and winning the Devon Senior Women's Cup Final was amazing. You could see every single one of our players wanted it more than them. to go one nil down in a huge game like that was a shock we needed to get our acts into gear and turn it around into a thrashing, dominating on and off the ball was immense."

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