Chichester football girls celebrate county honours – on opposite sides

LouLou Robson and Tilly Gray in their county colours
LouLou Robson and Tilly Gray in their county colours

TWO girls who have learned their football with Chichester City’s pioneering girls’ programme were on opposing sides when the Sussex and Hampshire FA representative sides met at Hassocks.

Tilly Gray took trials in September for the Sussex squad while LouLou Robson did the same for Hampshire. Both girls were successful and have been training with the county set-ups since October.

They played their first fixture when Sussex welcomed Hampshire and Elaine Gray, who manages Chichester City girls, watched.

She said: “It was a very nailbiting game and I was so proud to see both the players make the scoresheet. The final score was 4-4 – it was a very even game.

Emma Alexandre, a coach for Chichester City girls and captain of Chichester City ladies said: “It was such a honour to see two Chi Youth players represent their county and also excel – and both score.

Robson said: “It felt good to be playing – I enjoyed every moment.”

Gray added: “It was a challenge playing against LouLou as I am used to her playing behind me in centre midfield for Chichester City girls. It was a fantastic experience and I hope to excel even more for my dream to come true.”