Chichester City ladies endured a torrid week suffering two defeats in the league in four days. The frustration for the club will be that the results could have been very different after the side was hit with a number of injuries to key players and unfortunate refereeing decisions going against them.
There was no rest for ladies as Sunday saw the visit of Swindon who had started the campaign with two wins in two. The home side's preparations were disrupted before the game had even kicked off when after giving consent to one of the home side's player with a cast on her arm the referee changed his mind shortly before kick off. This meant a change in the starting line up for Chichester and only being able to name two substitutes. The game kicked off and Swindon immediately looked dangerous trying to play in behind Alexandre and Halford in the Chichester defence however the combination of these two, Ogden and Barron in midfield were restricting there chances to long range efforts.
Chichester looked at their most dangerous on the break with Ambler wriggling past the Swindon defence on a few occasions. Swindon dominance of possession when they took the lead through a volley from the edge of the area, they then increased this lead from a free kick given for a dubious handball. This seemed to spark Chichester into life and after winning a free kick of their own on the edge of the area they thought they had clawed one back when Cheshire placed the ball into the top corner. Amid all of the ensuing celebrations the referee disallowed the goal for offside much to the bemusement of the players.
At the break Swindon went in two goals to the good.
Chichester started the second half much brighter knowing that things could have been very different. The introduction of Naomi Greene for her debut gave Ambler much needed support upfront and they were beginning to cause problems. The score was still 0-2 and after 70 minutes Ambler was sent off after becoming increasingly frustrated with several refereeing decisions. This meant again the Green Army had to play the final 20 minutes with 10 players on the field. They held their own until in the dying minutes of the game Swindon got their third through a neat finish from the right wing.
Chichester will look to bounce back from a disappointing week when they play Gosport Borough ladies this Sunday at Privett Park, Gosport. Kick off 14.00.