Charley Wilson-Blakely bagged a hat trick this week as Chichester took out their recent cup frustrations on a Brislington side, who were struggling for form themselves, and with it returned to the summit of the FA Women’s Premier South West One table and bring a testing November to an end on a happy note.
Chichester were very quick out of the blocks at the start of the match and, just shy of two minutes had elapsed when Wilson-Blakely stormed through on goal but keeper Tallulah Wheeler made a good save to see Wilson-Blakely’s effort to safety. Moments later Laura Ingram deservedly put the green army in front. Ingram rose well to power a header goal ward from the resultant corner taken by Lucy Challen and, with the aid of a deflection the ball flew into the roof of the net. The quick start certainly warmed the visiting support on a cold afternoon near Bristol and Chichester continued to dominate as the half wore on.
Chichester doubled their lead with only nine minutes on the clock when Wilson-Blakely duly opened her account for the day with a sublime finish thanks to a superb chip over Wheeler following an errant attempt at a clearance by the Brislington keeper. Her effort was easily intercepted by Molly Clark who lobbed the ball back into the danger area and Wilson-Blakely applied the finish to add to her every growing tally for season.
Brislington, for all their endeavour, did have a few chances after this with both Adele Brown and Emily Pulmar both pulling the trigger but Chichester shot stopper, Sally-Ann Thompson had little problem in dealing with the attempts on goal and Chichester continued to challenge for more goals and, not long after the half hour, they had a third through the impressive Wilson-Blakely. Chichester launched a quick counter attack through Challen who proceeded to put Cherelle Khassal into the clear down the left. Khassal drove towards the area and then placed a lovely ball into the danger area and Wilson-Blakely met the low cross first time to bury a shot into the bottom corner of the net.
After the break, with floodlights starting to shine brightly, Chichester continued to control proceedings. Chloe Parkes and Lauren Cheshire both came on from bench to replace tiring legs and the green army came within a whisker, on several occasions, to extending their lead and only excellent goal line clearances from Chloe Rogers and excellent keeping from Wheeler kept the resurgent Chichester at bay. Late on Wilson-Blakely deservedly bagged her hat trick with a super, volleyed, finish to add gloss to a tremendous performance and seal a return to the top of the table ahead of Plymouth Argyle Ladies with a trip to Shanklin in store next week and, hopefully, more goals to come.
Written by Alan Price