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Plymouth Argyle 0 - 0 Chichester City Ladies

Plymouth Argyle 0 - 0 Chichester City Ladies

By Caroline Henry Evans
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Draw in the wind and rain.

After watching their international counterparts thrash Montenegro 9-0 at Brighton's Amex stadium on Saturday Chichester ladies made the long journey to Plymouth to play a side who were now looking favourites for the title. The team stayed over night in Plymouth to ensure the best possible preparation for the tie.

The weather in Plymouth had been poor all weekend and when the team arrived at the ground on Sunday the coaching team knew that this would have an effect on the game. Puddles were beginning to form on the pitch and the groundsmen were working tirelessly to ensure the surface was in the best possible condition for the match. The game kicked off and in the very early stages Chichester looked to put themselves into the lead. Ambler was causing problems with her typical tenacious play and wasn't allowing the home defence any time on the ball. The best chance fell to Ambler when a looping volley sailed narrowly wide of the post.

As the half wore on the home side began to see more of the play, keeping possession well and looking to unlock the Chichester back line. With Plymouth enjoying a lot of possession the away side needed to be well organised in order not to fall behind, the combination of hard work on a deteriorating surface and good organisation restricted the home side to having to shoot from range. Although enjoying the lions share of the ball and having multiple shots on goal most of these were off target and Chichester never looked like conceding. The teams went in at the break level.

A tactical switch at half time saw Jodie Greenway come into the Chichester midfield and this had an impact allowing other players the freedom to join in and support attacks. Chichester started the half as they did the first, enjoying good possession in the Plymouth half. They were now beginning to create more chances too with Ambler forcing the keeper into two good saves. With the weather worsening and the pitch getting wetter the game was turning into a bit of a battle in the midfield. McGlashan and Alexandre looked to win this battle with some big challenges to thwart any attempts Plymouth made to try and get beyond them.

Chichester continued to look for the opener, aware of the home side threat on the break. Their best opportunities came from a succession of corners. With some great deliveries from Wride and Laws chances fell to Ambler, Greenway, Alexandre and Cheshire but none these were able to be converted. The game finished goalless, a fair result after an even contest.

Chichester now travel to the Isle of Wight to play Shanklin ladies on Sunday the 13th of April.

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Sun 06, Apr 2014