After watching England ladies thrash Montenegro 9-0 at Brighton, Chichester ladies made the long journey to Plymouth to play a side looking favourites for the title.
When the team arrived at the ground, puddles were beginning to form on the pitch and the groundsmen were working tirelessly to ensure the surface was in the best condition.
In the very early stages Chichester looked lively. Ambler was causing problems with her tenacious play and wasn’t allowing the home defence any time on the ball. The best chance fell to Ambler but her looping volley sailed narrowly wide.
The home side began to see more of the play, keeping possession well. Chichester needed to be well organised and the home side were restricted to having to shoot from long range.
A tactical switch at half-time saw Jodie Greenway come into the Chichester midfield and this allowed other players the freedom to join in attacks.
Chichester started the half by enjoying good possession in the Plymouth half. They were beginning to create more chances, with Ambler forcing the keeper into two good saves.
With the weather worsening, the game turned into a battle in the midfield. McGlashan and Alexandre put in some big challenges to thwart any attempts by Plymouth to get the better of them.
Chichester’s best opportunities came from a succession of corners. With great deliveries from Wride and Laws, chances fell to Ambler, Greenway, Alexandre and Cheshire - but none these were able to be converted. A draw was a fair result.
Chichester travel to the Isle of Wight to play Shanklin ladies today (April 13).