Hockey: Chichester ladies lift the cup

Chichester's cup-winning ladies' second team
Chichester's cup-winning ladies' second team

After Chichester ladies seconds finishing their league season with promotion, they were ready for the cup final in Lewes - and showed how ready by beating Horsham V 3-0 and lifting the silvverware.

After a break from hockey, the team were excited to be back together to face Horsham.

The game started with strong hockey from both teams, but with Chichester quickly taking command.

Chichester took all opportunities for shots on goal, but it was a short corner that put them 1-0 up. The ball was sent through the goalie’s legs for Pack to strike it in.

Chichester kept the pressure on and before half-time Giles and Jessop worked the ball in the attacking D once again, around the goalkeeper and into the net.

The Chichester supporters were motivating the team from the sidelines. Some brilliant play from Cruttenden kept Horsham at bay, and it was evident that Howarth was not going to allow Horsham any time on the ball, tackling well at every opportunity.

The third goal came from some superb work from Black working the ball through midfield and getting the ball to Jessop, who beat four players and scored with a reverse-stick effort from an amazingly-tight angle.

Chichester were in high spirits and worked hard until the final whistle.

The umpires’ star player was Jessop, who played a superb game and put away two great goals.

CHICHESTER: Waite, Willway, Burley, K Howarth, Pack, Jessop, Black, Giles, M Howarth, Dunster, Keartland, Cruttenden, Halterman. Manager: Helme.