Sun 29
Shanklin Ladies
First Team
C Wilson-Blakely (10'), M Clark (68'), L Challen (80'), (90'), J Lewry (86')
Shanklin Ladies 0 - 6 Chichester City Ladies

Shanklin Ladies 0 - 6 Chichester City Ladies

By Caroline Henry Evans
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Monsoon fails to halt Chichester march to glory

Both Chichester City ladies and Shanklin had to play through monsoon like conditions this week, on the Isle of Wight, but even that failed to stop the green juggernaut from registering another fine win and extend their lead at the top of FA Premier South West One with all other games falling foul of the inclement weather.

The match began in reasonable conditions, although wet and slippery under foot, but Chichester quickly began to exert pressure on their hosts, who, themselves, had begun with the bare eleven players for the match and would need to be mindful that any injuries could prove, ultimately, costly. Ten minutes in and the green army edged in front through top scorer, Charley Wilson-Blakely. Cherelle Khassal surged clear down the left and swung in a teasing ball into the area and Wilson-Blakely soared above the rest to power a header into the back of the net passed stranded keeper, Jess Taylor.

Within minutes the lead was doubled, although sadly, through an untimely misjudgement by Shanklin defender, Naomi Cooper. Chichester captain, Becky Barron, swung in a corner from the left which caused mayhem at the back for the blues and Cooper inadvertently diverted the ball into the back of her own net to give Chichester the important cushion of a two goal lead. The weather continued to worsen as the half wore on and chances were reduced to a premium with those created all coming for Chichester with Shanklin really struggling to get out of their own half.

After the interval and the rain was, by now, teaming down and the wind had freshened to a strong breeze making it all the more difficult for the teams to play anything like the quality of football that both are most certainly capable of. Shortly before the hour mark the worst possible scenario occurred for the blues when Susan Cullen was forced off with an ankle injury leaving Shanklin to play the rest of the game with only ten players on the park. Chichester duly took full advantage of this situation and it wasn’t long before Taylor was picking the ball out of her net once more as Molly Clark added a third for the dominant green army.

Again the dangerous Khassal was at the heart of the action, bursting towards the box from the left and the found Clark on the edge of the area in acres of space and she had all the time in the world to pick her spot which she did superbly, firing a shot into the top corner with Taylor helpless between the sticks. In the final quarter of the rain soaked encounter Chichester firmly hammered the nails into the Shanklin coffin with three more goals to seal the win in great style.

First, Lucie Challen let fly with her trusty left boot and the shot flew into the top corner with Taylor unable to get anywhere near it. By now both Laura Ingram and Jess Lewry had come

off the bench to bring fresh legs onto the park for Chichester and it was Lewry who added a fifth with time steadily running out. Gemma Woodford made a hash of an attempted header back to her keeper and Lewry pounced onto the loose ball and confidently beat the onrushing Taylor, slotting into the back of the net to open her account for the day. The last word on an excellent days work went to Challen in the first minute of injury time with another, sublime, example of how to find the net from distance with the left peg, again leaving Taylor well beaten. The final whistle then blew and both teams, who must be wholly applauded for their courage and determination to complete the game against the horrid conditions, trudged off to warm up with Chichester happy with a job very well done.

Written by Alan Price

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Match date

Sun 29, Jan 2017




South West Division 1
Kally Ambler

Star Player

Kally Ambler