Chichester City Ladies secured another emphatic win this week at the expense of an Exeter City side who are rooted to the bottom of the table but, despite the pressure mounting on them, Plymouth Argyle Ladies maintained their, albeit, slim chances with a good win at the same time.
It was a windy and cool afternoon at Oaklands Park but the green army were quick to establish their ground from the off and were soon enjoying possession and territory of sizeable proportions and it wasn’t too long before the deadlock was broken with Molly Clark on hand to put the dominant Chichester Ladies in charge. Lauren Cheshire provided a sumptuous ball over the top of the defence and Clark dashed through to chip the on rushing keeper, Durva Vahia and find the back of the red and white net.
Cherelle Khassal and Chloe Dowdell were being a constant menace down the flanks for the green army and their pace constantly had the red and whites on the back foot and their advances brought about numerous chances with the woodwork coming to Exeter’s rescue on a number of occasions before the hosts finally doubled their lead with twenty minutes on the clock. This time Lucie Challen sent over a deadly corner and, surprisingly, Vahia spilled the ball into the net to give the green army the cushion of a two goal lead.
Kally Ambler was given an opportunity to start for the hosts and took the chance with gusto, going into tackles with her usual vigour and also seeing a number of good opportunities at goal go begging but her radar was in perfect working order in the first minute of the second half to give Chichester the perfect start after the break and a third goal to celebrate. This time Khassal darted free down the right from Chichester’s first attack from the resumption and, bursting into the area was upended leaving the referee with a simple decision to point to the spot. Ambler tucked away the spot kick to effectively end the tie as a contest and keep a very wide smile on the face of manager, Liam Greenfield.
To their credit Exeter kept on plugging away despite the score line and could take a lot of plaudits for their efforts with only the bear eleven players available to play the match. Chichester though, weren’t in the mood for mercy and on the hour grabbed two more goals in a matter of minutes to add the gloss to the result. Firstly, top scorer, Charley Wilson-Blakely was in the right place to round out a stunning move to make it four with a thunderbolt volley. Clark had put Cheshire through with a cheeky back heal and Cheshire’s low drive into the box was smashed home by Wilson-Blakely to add to her ever growing tally for the season.
A minute later Clark grabbed her second of the match. Becky Barron placed a teasing cross into the box and Clark’s strength was too much for Vahia who was powerless to prevent the ball nestling into the bottom of the net to round off a satisfying goal scoring afternoon for Chichester.
Next week the green army have a friendly to look forward to at QPR Ladies whilst league duties take a back seat before returning to league action in two weeks time and the biggest game of the season against Plymouth Ladies at Oaklands.
Written by Alan Price