Chichester City ladies took a break from league action to travel to Cambridge United WFC to compete in the Women's Premier league cup. Last season Chichester lost to QPR in the determining round of the competition and were out into the the League Plate where they were knocked out at the first time of asking to Leicester City WFC.
In an end to end first half both teams looked to seize the initiative early on. The game was being played at a furious pace with Cambridge looking to run at Chichester with their extremely quick forward three, the Chichester defence stood firm mainly forcing crosses into the box for Sally Thompson in goal to claim with ease. Down the other end Chichester were creating chances of their own, Chloe Dowdell on the right was supplying balls into the box but Chichester were lacking sufficient numbers in the box to make a challenge on goal. The Cambridge goalkeeper was having a fine game, acting as almost a sweeper behind her back line, collecting the regular through balls aimed for Widdows and Albuery up front.
The first goal of the game came in bizarre circumstances when after some good pressure from Fowlie a home team defender played back to her keeper at an awkward height, after the ball had hit her thigh it skewed off and into the goal. Chichester were now in the ascendancy and it didn't take long for them to give themselves a buffer. Good work between Widdows and Albuery upfront saw the latter through on goal and with only the keeper to beat she placed her shot into the top corner.
Half time approached with Chichester in a comfortable lead. The next goal would be crucial as it would likely put the tie to bed.
Chichester began the second half much like the first working hard to keep up the tempo of their attacks. The ball was being moved quickly to create openings to score, the third goal when after gaining yards on the right hand side Chloe Dowdell unleashed a fearsome drive from 20 yards across the goalkeeper and into the far corner. Chichester were now very much in control of the game reducing Cambridge to sporadic counter attacks that were being broken up before their goal was in any real danger.
One counter attack did lead to an opportunity however when an injured Emma Alexandre lunged to win the ball inside the box and gave away a penalty. The spot kick was subsequently put wide. The let off for Chichester spurred them on to put the tie to bed and when after more good play by Widdows and Albuery saw Widdows through on goal she made no mistake in putting Chichester through to the next round.
Chichester are in cup action again this weekend with a home FA cup tie to Poole town ladies. Kick off is at 14.00 at Oaklands park.