Chichester ladies take liking to new league

Lucie Challen scored one and set one up for Chichester at Cheltenham   Picture by Chris Hatton
Lucie Challen scored one and set one up for Chichester at Cheltenham Picture by Chris Hatton

CHICHESTER City ladies began life in their new Women’s Premier League division one with a convincing 4-1 win away to Cheltenham.

Most of the damage was done early in the second half, with three goals flying past the home goalkeeper in eight minutes.

The first half had finished goalless, with very few chances for either side, but Chichester were looking the more dangerous and had enjoyed more possession in the attacking third.

The second half started at a furious pace with Chichester doing the early running, forcing several corners.

After a fantastic delivery from Lucie Challen, a goalmouth scramble resulted in a penalty being awarded for a handball on the line. Lauren Cheshire buried the spot-kick, giving Lebbon no chance with a powerful strike.

Three minutes later Challen made it 2-0 direct from a corner and it was three in the 53rd minute when Becky Baron shifted the ball on to her left foot and dispatched a pinpoint strike into the top corner from 25 yards.

Cheltenham clawed one back in the 59th minute when substitute Rhona Donaldson’s shot from a free-kick was parried on to the post and Catherine Reilly followed up to make it 3-1.

Ruthless Chichester made sure of the points in the 86th minute Emma Alexandre showed great determination and innovation to score with her hip for the second successive opening game of the season.