Cup and league success for goal-happy Chichester Ladies

Kally Ambler was on target twice for Chichester City Ladies
Kally Ambler was on target twice for Chichester City Ladies

Convincing wins for the first and second teams made it another good week for Chichester City Ladies.

Chichester City Ladies 4 Hassocks 1

Sussex County Cup

CHICHESTER City Ladies bounced back from the previous week’s FA Cup defeat by setting up another shot at some silverware.

They comfortably overcame Hassocks 4-1 in the semi-final of Sussex County Cup to set up a final date.

Two goals from Kally Ambler and a strike each from Lucie Challen and Jade Widdowson saw Chichester through.

Wivelsfield Green 1 Chichester City Ladies Res 7

Having been switched to an artificial surface owing to the weather, Chichester started the game knowing another three points would take them a step closer to the league title.

The visitors started the better of the two sides, passing the ball around the back and keeping hold of it.

Hannah Chalk and Amber Beaven were causing lots of problems down the wing as they were communicating and using their pace to great effect.

Some good deliveries and a dangerous corner from Jodie Greenway paid off as Beaven pounced to bury a loose ball and give them a 1-0 lead at half-time.

Chichester started the second half in determined fashion and made sure they were winning every ball in midfield.

An early corner was then delivered straight into the goal directly by Greenway to double the lead.

The hard-working Natalie Clarke was replaced by Lizzie Ogden and there was no change in the commitment and energy that was being shown.

Woman of the match Payne then produced the goal of the game when she picked the ball up on halfway line and dribbled through the heart of the Wivelsfield midfield and defence before slotting the ball past the keeper.

Greenway then got her second of the game when she dribbled past a couple of players before unleashing a shot from the edge of the area in to the bottom corner.

Lauren Ellis then got her deserved goal when she hit a volley from close range.

A long ball forward caught the Chichester back line out, although they thought it was offside and the stand-in striker lobbed the unfortunate Naomi Parfoot for a consolation.

Chichester continued to threaten every time they went forward and the next goal came from another corner when Jess Harnett’s great delivery was met with a great header into the roof of the net from Payne for her second of the afternoon.

The final goal came when Gemma Halford won the ball in midfield and played Ellie Thorne through on goal, who finished well to complete the rout.