Cup wins for Chichester City’s first and second teams feature in our latest round-up of ladies’ football.
Chichester City Ladies 6 Gloucester Ladies 0
Women’s FA Cup
CHICHESTER felt they would face their toughest test of the competition so far - but were keen to equal their best run in the competition.
Gloucester enjoyed an early threat but after that Chichester sparked into life with Cheshire and Ambler causing problems up front.
A fast break culminating in an inch-perfect through ball from Widdowson saw Cheshire one on one with the keeper. After setting herself she applied a very composed finish to make it 1-0 - before Cheshire doubled the lead with another fantastic finish.
Chichester got their third when Ambler broke through and placed the ball into the net.
The home side created several more chances, the best falling to Wride - however, the travelling keeper did well to thwart her from close range.
The second half wasn’t very old before Ambler scored Chichester’s fourth - another fine finish after some impressive build-up play.
Chichester’s fifth was the most impressive of the tie. A free-kick on the right was delivered to the back post by Wride for the perfectly-timed leap of McGlashan to power a header into the net.
The Gloucester coaching staff said it was the most impressive goal they had seen in a long while.
City’s sixth was scored by second-half sub Strudwick after a well-timed run to the back post to meet a looping cross from the left.
The draw for the next round gave Chichester a home tie with Enfield, of the South East Combination League on January 12. Chichester’s next game is against Keynsham this Sunday (Dec 8) at Oaklands Park (2pm).
CHI CITY: McNamara, Symonds (Hughes-Jones), McGlashan, Alexandre, Challen, Fowlie, Willet (Strudwick), Widdowson, Wride (Harnett), Cheshire, Ambler.
Wivelsfield Green 2 Chichester City Res 5
League Cup second round
Chichester beat Wivelsfield Green for the second time in two weeks, this time away from home.
It didn’t take long for Chichester to get into their forward stride and excellent play down Chichester’s left between Lucy Stanbridge and Amber Beaven allowed Beaven to drive into the box and hit an effort with her right foot into the top corner.
Lauren Ellis and Sian Payne were linking well up front and a corner from the outstanding Jodie Greenway was met well by captain Gemma Halford but cleared off the line.
Ellis did break the offside trap and slotted the ball home for the second.
Chichester weren’t having it all their own way as Wivelsfield’s strikers were causing problems - but Chichester’s back four, who hadn’t conceded in seven games, were communicating well.
Chichester hit the killer blow just before half-time when another great delivery from Greenway from a corner was not dealt with by the defence and Richardson fumbled it back towards goal where it came off the defender to make it 3-0.
Wivelsfield came out strong in the second half but Amy Bailey, who had another outstanding game, gambled on the loose ball after great work by Ellie Thorne to make it 4-0.
A fantastic looping header into the top corner by the home side’s No9 made it 4-1. But before Wivelsfield could mount a comeback Bailey broke the offside trap, left her marker behind and slotted the ball home. Wivelsfield did get another when their striker hit a lovely strike, giving Parfoot no chance.
This Sunday, the reserves entertain Rusthall, the only team to have taken points from Chichester so far this season - the game is at Hunston Community Club (2pm).
CITY RES: Parfoot, Halford, Baker, Richardson, Stanbridge, Beaven, Cottam-Verbruggen, Greenway, Bailey, Payne, Ellis, Subs: Clarke, Chalk, Ogden, Harnett, Thorne.