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PREVIEW | Chichester City vs Plymouth Argyle

2 weeks ago By Hayley Newman

First home game in eight weeks as the Pilgrims visit in the league for 2019 opener

It's the first game of the New Year but Chichester City's first home match in eight weeks following the Christmas break and three away games on the bounce.

The Green and White army finished 2018 with a strong 6-0 win over Bexhill United in the Sussex County cup after disappointing defeats against Watford and Crawley Wasps.

The visitors, Plymouth Argyle, head into Sunday's FA Women's National League Southern Premier match on the back of two defeats in all competitions but have also lost their last three league fixtures.

Last time out in the National League they travelled to league leaders Coventry United where they suffered a heavy 9-1 defeat, Rosie McDonnell scoring a hat-trick that day at Daventry Town while Helen Bleazard scored the only goal for the Pilgrims.

Argyle are currently 7th in the Southern Premier on 15 points after winning the Division One South-West last season.

The Devonshire side announced a new signing earlier this week with the arrival of Leah Burridge from Super League side Yeovil Town.

Burridge struggled to get regular minutes with Yeovil and is expected to be a natural fit and replacement for Rebecca Wakely who left Plymouth this week.

Top striker Natasha Knapman will miss the trip alongside Kayley Lane as both are out with injuries but the joint managers of Dave Leonard and Trevor Rodd still have a strong team to select from.

Argyle have scored a total of 21 goals (just one more than Chi) and will be keen for the likes of Helen Bleazard, Katie Middleton and Zoe Cunningham to be in amongst the goals on Sunday.

The two teams met way back in August as Chi travelled to Elburton Villa and brought three points back to West Sussex.

Molly Clark scored a brace in a 3-0 win over Plymouth and Helen Ogle came off the bench to score as well.

Chi were the first side to prevent Argyle from scoring since April 9th, 2017 in which time they had scored a total of 149 in 37 competitive fixtures.

It has been a positive start to the club's second season in tier three and just a point off the top of the table.

Clark will be looking to add to her goal tally as Chi push Coventry all the way in the title race and the midfielder contents for the golden boot.

She's currently joint top goalscorer in the league on seven goals but also in contention is Cherelle Khassal who scored a hat-trick in Chi's last home game, the 4-2 win over C & K Basildon.

The two sides know each other well from time spent in Division One however, with some new faces and fresh legs after the break Sunday's fixture is all to play for as part two of the 2018/19 season gets underway.

Get yourselves down to the Countrywide Gas Stadium this Sunday, January 6th to see Chichester City in action against Plymouth Argyle.

Gates open from 1pm and it's pay on the door as always, just £4 for adults and £1 for under-16s.

Hot food and drinks are available from the kiosk just behind the home dugout while the clubhouse bar is also open for fans to purchase alcoholic beverages.

Updated 20:22 - 4 Jan 2019 by Hayley Newman

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As Chi return for 2019 the programme takes a look back at a great 2018 A review of some great moments in 2018, the manager's thoughts and more
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