Chichester City made it five unbeaten with a 2-2 draw away to Gillingham on the final day of the 2018/19 season.
The hosts could have gone ahead from the spot, but it hit the post and Chi took the lead moments later as Laura Ingram volleyed in from a corner.
Chi couldn’t maintain the advantage after the break as Maddison Chamney-Farrand scored directly from a corner before Breon Grant but the Blues ahead however with less than 10 to go Kim Stenning scored the equaliser.
Changes had to be made to the starting lineup as Lauren Dolbear was suspended following her red against Queens Park Rangers, in can Tammy Waine.
Gracie White received a call-up to the 11 for her recent performances across the club’s teams while Gemma Simmonds also started.
The game started in a frantic and cagey manner, Jess Lewry could have had an early goal as she turned three defenders to shoot but found the goalkeeper right in her path.
Both keepers were kept aware from the off but neither really forced into a dramatic save as the teams struggled to settle on the small pitch.
Alice Bussey worked herself into space and caught Waine off her line from 25-yards out but her shot failed to hit the target while Helen Ogle nearly converted a Lauren Cheshire corner.
Nearly half hour gone and the referee awarded Gillingham a penalty to disputes from Ingram who looked to have won the ball from the attacking player.
Chamney-Farrand took the resulting spot-kick but could only look on in disbelief as the ball smashed off the post and into the arms of Waine.
The stand-in keeper launched the ball forward where Chi were awarded a set piece of their own.
Captain Cheshire with the in-swinging corner which was excellently volleyed in by Ingram at the back post for her second goal of the season.
Sharna Capel-Watson replaced an injured White at half-time, the teenager hurting her ankle in a challenge as the first-half came to an end.
Not content with just the one goal, left-back Ingram tried to recreate her goal against Gills from the season before but this time lacked the power to test the keeper.
The play was all Chi who looked to have finally settled into the match but despite the attacks, corners and free-kicks a second goal alluded the southerners.
Lewry was gifted a wonderful chance to double the lead when a perfect through ball was met by Simmonds for the pass across the box for the winger who only managed a scuffed shot.
Minutes later and Gillingham found an equaliser through Chamney-Farrand just after she hit the crossbar from a free-kick.
She was their set-piece taker and it was from a corner on the near side that Chamney-Farrand sailed the ball over everyone to nestle in the goal.
The hosts galvanised from the goal and 10 minutes later they took the lead although to cries of handball.
Grant brought the ball down from the cross before neatly finishing under Waine with several in Chi colours claiming that the goal scorer had handled as she controlled.
That lead lasted five minutes as substitute Stenning bagged her third goal, in seven appearances after doubling up as a player/coach back in March to draw the game level.
Lewry played a great ball through for the striker who jumped through passed the defender before dinking the ball over the keeper while still in the air.
As the game edged towards full-time Chi missed chances to take home all three points, Lewry’s curling effort just rounded the goal while a free Ingram headed over.
Full-time came and the first draw for Chi of the season which left the Green Army on 46 points, 18 points better off than last term alongside the history-making 3rd place finish in the FA Women’s National League Southern Premier.
Starting XI: Tammy Waine, Lauren Cheshire (c), Gracie White (46’ Sharna Capel-Watson), Tiffany Taylor, Laura Ingram, Helen Ogle (59’ Sara Tubby), Gemma Simmonds, Rebecca Barron, Lauren Clark, Tash Stephens (75’ Kim Stenning).
Unused subs: Nadine Bazan.
Updated 20:59 - 6 May 2019 by Hayley Newman