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Report: Plymouth Argyle 3-0 MK Dons Women

Dons Women suffer defeat during their season finale…

2 May 2023

MK Dons Women return from the Southwest coast following a 3-0 defeat to Plymouth Argyle in their final fixture of the season.

Charlie Bill, alongside his team, remain within the top five of the FAWNL Southern Premier Division table after their final result of the current campaign. However, it is still possible to drop a place at the conclusion of the league if Billericay Town were to triumph over promotion-chasing Watford.
Gillingham, who also chased that fifth spot were held two points clear from the Dons following their 5-1 loss against the league leaders Oxford United within the Gills’ season finale.
With the possibility of a top-five finish still looming, MK Dons Women rely on the Hornets to prevail over Town to ensure the Stadium MK side’s current standings.
The starting line-up to face Argyle saw the addition of two extra RTC graduates as Madeline Welham and Ruby Heselden were both called up to the first-team squad.

Without the knowledge of Bridgwater United’s result, Plymouth Argyle needed a victory to ensure their placement within the FAWNL Southern Premier Division and the hosts didn’t want to go down without a fight.
During the first 45-minute stage of the competition, the home side broke the deadlock and gained a 1-0 advantage ten minutes before the interval. A dominant first-half display from the Pilgrims was replicated within the second stage of the season finale.
This allowed Plymouth to extend their lead further following a brace from their captain Zoe Cunningham, who rounded off a 3-0 score-line over Charlie Bill’s Women.
Argyle had secured their safety during the conclusion of their 2022/23 campaign, whereas MK Dons must await Bridgwater’s last match to understand where they will be positioned within the league table.

Despite the shortcomings in their trip to Plymouth, MK Dons Women have produced a season to be proud of. Not only have they brought silverware back to Stadium MK during their County Cup campaign, but they’ve also vastly improved from last year’s ninth place finish within the FAWNL Southern Premier Division.

MK Dons: Sansom (C), Warren, Puddick, Biggadike (Bennett 75), Rush (Brown 85), Miles, Gould (McLean 45), Barratt, Coupar, Newman (Welham 70), Samuels (Heselden 45)

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