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Shanklin 1 - 0 Chichester City Ladies

Shanklin 1 - 0 Chichester City Ladies

By Caroline Henry Evans
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Defeat away from home.

With the league title now out of their hands Chcihcester ladies made the trip to the Isle of Wight to play Shanklin ladies, taking with them several players from their championship winning reserve side. This was Shanklin's first season in the Combination league having gained promotion last year. They have performed well and achieved a number of good results, especially at home, this was sure to be another tough test for Chichester.

In contrast to the game the previous week, against Plymouth, the weather had been fantastic all week and the pitch was I'm excellent condition. In the early stages of the game both teams were working hard on a big pitch to ensure they remained solid when defending and look to find space when in possession. Hollie Wride found herself in the wars during the early exchanges when first a late tackle caused her land awkwardly hurting her rib followed by a clear elbow inside the box, missed by the referee, resulting in a nose bleed for the Chichester midfielder.

Chichester looked the more dangerous throughout the half, with the game mainly being played in the Shanklin half however they were unable to capitalise on this and struggled to create many clear cut chances. The Green army won several corners but couldn't convert these into an effort on target. Their best chances came when Ambler was played one on one with the goalkeeper and cooly placed the ball into the back of the net only for the linesman to raise his flag when she appeared to run from behind the defender. Cheshire then found herself in on goal after a innovative reverse pass from Laws however she was unable to get the ball from under her feet and the chance disappeared. The teams went in level at the break with Chichester looking the more likely to score.

In the early exchanges of the second half the game was mainly being played in the midfield with Chichester looking to get their strikers in on goal and Shanklin defending robustly. The home sides best chance of scoring was coming from set pieces, the number 8 was delivering balls into dangerous areas whenever they won a free kick. The ball was often played over the top of the defence for the on rushing attackers to challenge for. This proved to be the undoing of Chichester as a long ball was played into the box and McNamara and as McNamara got fingertips to it the ball fell to a Shanklin striker who volleyed the ball into the net. A goal against the run of play. The Green army then threw caution to the wind knowing they had to score, unfortunately an injury to Shrubb meant they played the last 15 minutes with ten players however they still looked likely to score but more often than not the final finish was lacking.

The game finished 1-0 to Shanklin. The ladies will be looking to bounce back from this result when they travel to Exeter on Easter Sunday KO 14.00.

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Sun 13, Apr 2014