Devon delight for Ladies

A first-half double from Gemma Shepherd was enough to earn West Ham United Ladies a 2-1 FA Tesco Women's Premier League South victory at Plymouth Argyle.

The Hammers roared into a two-goal half-time lead thanks to forward Shepherd, who showed her poacher's instinct to nip in and score from close-range before doubling her tally with a 30-yard effort after spotting the home goalkeeper a yard too far off her line.

The second half saw the Hammers create many more chances but without finding the finish to really put the game to bed. However, Plymouth's goal came deep into added-time and was not enough to prevent all three points from making the long journey back to east London.

Sunday's win sees the Julia Setford's side move into second place level on points with leaders Portsmouth at the top of the table, with the top two due to meet in a fortnight at Thurrock FC.

That fixture, which will kick-off at 2pm on Sunday 27 November, will be attended by Joint Chairman David Gold.