Sun 08
First Team
Keynsham Development
C Strudwick (0'), H Wride (0'), J Fowlie (0')
Chichester City 3 - 1 Keynsham Development

Chichester City 3 - 1 Keynsham Development

By Caroline Henry Evans
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3 points and still unbeaten.

Keynsham development were the visitors to Oaklands park on Sunday the 8th of December for a game that saw the green army return to league action. Keynsham were the last side to take points from Chichester and with other teams in the league beginning to put some good results together the team knew they could not afford another slip up to the team from the west-country.

Chichester made almost the perfect start when after 4 minutes Hollie Wride produced a powerful strike that gave the ‘keeper no chance. The ball found its way to Wride, who was around 25 yards from goal, she took a touch to bring the ball under control and with her second touch unleashed a pile driver that moved left and right wrong footing the goalkeeper and flying into the roof of the net. It was obvious from the moment it left her foot that it was going to be the opening goal and really set the tone for the remainder of the half.

The home side continued to press in the opposing half and were looking for a second straight from the off. The impressive back line thwarted any advances Keynsham tried to make meaning the rest of the team could focus on getting another goal that would see them in a more comfortable position in the game. On 22 minutes Widdowson tried a speculative effort from range however the goalkeeper was just able to tip it over the bar. Shortly after this Alexandre showed great reading of the game to intercept a through ball and fed Fowlie who produced a near perfect ball into the area with Cheshire inches away from getting a touch that would have been a certain goal.

With the majority of the attacking impetus belonging to Chichester it was only a matter of time before they got their second. The goal came in the 33rd minute and it was definitely worth waiting for. Wride picked up the ball in midfield and played a pass out to the left were Fowlie took a first touch inside and then, reminiscent of her strike against Portsmouth, curled the ball into the far corner of the goal leaving the ‘keeper rooted to the spot.

Keynsham began to see more of the play during the latter stages of the half however the Chichester defence never looked under pressure and McNamara was not troubled throughout the half. The team went into the break in a positive mood but keen not to underestimate the visitors who produced some of their best football in the second half of the away fixture.

In the first 5 minutes of the second half Chichester continued as they had left off looking for another goal that would surely put the game beyond Keynsham’s reach. The only real chance of this spell fell when Kirsty Willet noticed the ‘keeper off of her line and tried a cheeky volley towards goal however the strike lacked the power to catch her out.

After an impressive first 5 Chichester began to look nervous and looked to be repeating their tactics of being strong in the second half. The visitors started to play in the Chichester half, they were unable to capitalise on this spell though as the home team snuffed out any of their efforts. With Keynsham beginning to look dangerous manager Matt Wright made a change that saw Strudwick come onto the right wing. It didn’t take long for the substitution to pay dividends. Chichester won a free kick in their own half, Alexandre played the ball into Wride who played a through ball into Strudwick and after taking on the full back played a cross into the box which looped over the goalkeeper and nestled into the back of the net.

The scoreline obviously frustrated the visitors who became very physical in the latter stages of the game culminating in a booking for one of their midfielders. A lot of free kicks were now being awarded all over the pitch and when Keynsham were awarded a debateable one on the edge of Chichester’s area there was a sense of real danger. The free kick found its way through the wall and it was up to McNamara to produce a breath taking save diving low to her right to tip the ball out for a corner. What made the save even more impressive was the lateness in which she would have seen the ball. With the amount of free kicks now being awarded it wasn’t long before the visitors got another opportunity. A foul was given, when the defender only seemed to be stronger to the ball, in a very similar position however this time McNamara stood no chance and the ball was hammered into the roof of the net.

The remainder of the game was played out in the middle of the park and passed without incident as the home side shut up shop at the back and looked to keep the ball in the final third of the pitch. Chichester now sit 2nd in the table, one point behind Swindon and with two games in hand. This Sunday sees the ladies make the long away trip to Newquay for their final game of the year. They return on Sunday the 5th of January for a home tie against Southampton, KO 14.00

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Sun 08, Dec 2013