With the weather affecting the vast majority of games this weekend it was surprise that Chichester City Ladies trip to play St. Nicholas ladies wasn't cancelled. The Ladies were hoping the game would be on as they looked to build on a fine performance that saw them beat Shanklin by two goals to one he previous week.
Chichester started the game by far the brighter, dominating possession and restricting the home team to very few touches inside their half. St. Nicholas were struggling to get the ball into their forward players due to some excellent work by Barron in midfield, when they did Ellis and Alexandre were organised and alert as to the danger.
Being rarely threatened at their own meant that Chichester could concentrate on the job of scoring goals at the other end. Cheshire and Payne were causing a lot of problems on the right hand side and Challen in centre midfield was also a danger. The first goal came as Kelly Ambler wriggled past several players and found herself with only the keeper to beat, she placed the ball into the net. The second came shortly after as again Ambler beat two players on the edge of the area and whilst falling backwards unleashed a powerful strike into the net. Chichester’s attacks were now almost at will and after several other chances they added their third, after a powerful run into the box Challen slotted the ball low into the net from a tight angle. The first half scoring was complete when Fowlie crossed the ball for Greene inside the area and with a sharp turn she stabbed the ball into the net.
Four goals to the good at half time Chichester knew they could not become complacent in the second half if they wanted the score line their dominance deserved.
St. Nicholas came out for the second half with renewed vigour, a change of shape meant that their forward players now had more support when the ball arrived with them and they could keep the ball in higher areas. Piiroinen was called into action for the first time in the game but was equal to everything producing some fine saves. The game had now become a midfield battle with St. Nicholas looking to break up as much of the play as they could. Very few chances were being created by either team until, the final few minutes as the game opened up due to St. Nicholas searching for a consolation. In the dying minutes Ambler gambled on a ball over the top and with both goalkeeper and defender missing the ball the slotted the ball into an empty net to complete the scoring and her hat trick.