OXFORD United Women scored five for the second time this season as they thrashed Plymouth Argyle on the road.

Beth Lumsden hit a hat-trick and Carly Johns added the other two goals to give the U’s a 5-0 victory in Devon – their first away win of the campaign.

It moves United third in FA Women’s National League Premier South, five points behind joint-leaders Southampton and Ipswich Town.

The U’s were comfortably in charge by the midway point of the first half, thanks to two early goals.

Lumsden converted Sophie Baker’s through ball after six minutes, before the scorer provided the cross for Johns to grab the second.

United’s two-goal lead was still intact at half-time and they again struck early after the restart.

Baker and Lumsden ran riot as the latter converted her teammate’s through ball five minutes after the break, while the same duo soon combined again.

Argyle had no answer as the pair showed impressive ruthlessness in the final third, as Lumsden made it five goals for the season.

There was still time for Johns to take substitute Daisy Ackerman’s pass and complete the scoring late on.

Lumsden took the match ball, but she was quick to praise the players around her.

She said: “It was a brilliant team performance, I just happened to be on the end of it.

“Playing up top, you’ve always got more opportunities to score.”

On her partnership with Baker, Lumsden added: “It’s always hard bringing someone new into the team, I’m obviously used to Kayleigh (Hines) being in behind.

“She slotted in brilliantly, we linked-up and got three goals.”

Manager Liam Gilbert said: “I thought we were superb particularly out of possession.

“It’s one thing we highlighted this week, how protective we are in the way we press and win the ball back.

“It was great to see and it was probably the most effective it’s been.”