REPORT | City give top-of-the-league a run for their money

REPORT | City give top-of-the-league a run for their money

By Mikki Collins
4 November
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Chichester City’s FA Women’s National League game proved to be a turning point for the greens as they put up a tough fight against Watford on Sunday.


Watford took the lead in the first three minutes on the counter attack that catches Chi off-guard. The greens came back with the perfect response with a 25-yard screamer from skipper Megan Fox within seconds.

City were on top for the first 25 minutes following Fox’s goal applying an abundance of pressure. This soon led to goal number 2 as Gemma Simmonds took on two players in the box and chipped the keeper to make it 2-1.

Nicky Lake made two incredible blocks within seconds to keep the greens on top as they tried to get to half-time on top.

An unfortunate pass-back to the keeper put Watford through on goal with their number 10 slotting it home to bring it back to 2-2 moments before half-time.

Watford came out fighting in the second half with numerous chances on goal but a stand-out performance from Issy Foster denied chance after chance, it was clear Chi were not going to make it easy for Watford to take three points.

The pressure was building from Watford’s continuous attack leading to their third goal in the 71 minute as number 14 hit the top corner with pinpoint accuracy.

Chichester continued to fight until the final whistle with an excellent team performance however were unable to pull it back to a draw to receive a well deserved point.

The team’s passion, determination and fight has seen significant improvement throughout the season. It won’t be long until City will be nicking points off the best in the FAWNL with similar performances to Sunday’s game.

Do not underestimate Blakeley’s side, scores do not always reflect performance.

There are plenty of sponsorship and advertisement opportunities available to support the club provide over 20,000 coaching hours to women and girls across West Sussex. Get in touch: secretary@chichesterladiesfootball.co.uk

FINAL SCORE: 3-2

XI - Foster, Lake, Phelps, Burke, Capel-Watson, Bloomfield, Simmonds, White, Wild, Fox (c), Cook

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