Downed by Dartford - but Chichester ladies are improving

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It was a tough week for our local ladies and girls’ teams - but they battled bravely in defeat.

Chichester Ladies II 0 Dartford 1

Chichester started well and the game was very even for the first 25 minutes.

Dartford got through on goal only to be thwarted by a fantastic save by star woman Georgie Adams in goal.

Chichester forced several corners and were close to taking the lead from one.

After the interval, Chichester began to push up quicker and had a strike by Jemma Cottam-Verbruggen cleared off the line while Georgia Selby forced a great save from the Dartford keeper.

It looked like a solid point for City only for Dartford to nick a scrappy goal on the break on the 85th minute to seal the win.

But this was a great performance by the team and debutant Chloe Digby made a difference to the back four.

Chichester II travel to face Albion in the Community this Sunday.

CHICHESTER: Adams, Digby, Steed, Bateman, Garner, Selby, Challen, Smith, Nersessian, Cottam-Verbruggen, Grant. Subs: Jarman, Cole, Ellis.

UNDER-16

Felpham Tigers 0 Crawley Wasps 1

Felpham started slowly against the lively Wasps and they were indebted to goalkeeper Tanya Wake, who pulled off some fine saves.

The introduction of Emily Hancock injected urgency in the home side’s play and with Shannon Makey making some telling passes from midfield, Felpham finished the first half the stronger.

But they were slow out of the blocks in the second half and only a combination of the woodwork and Wake kept the scores level. Crawley opened the scoring and Felpham woke up with Abbie Flower, Amy Bailey and Eloise Paine all having good chances to equalise. But the Crawley keeper was in fine form to ensure they went away with a narrow but well-deserved victory.

FELPHAM: Wake, Merriman, Luff, Flower, Makey, Haddock, C Johnson, E Johnson, Bailey, Crawley, Martin. Subs: Hancock, Paine, Holmes.

UNDER-13

Ratton Rangers 10 Highdown Saints 1

Highdown travelled down to Eastbourne for what was always going to be a difficult game - the home side hadn’t lost a league game for nearly two years.

In torrential rain, Highdown battled well in the elements in the first half to go in at half-time 3-1 down after a goal from Skye Austin.

Unfortunately Highdown ran out of steam in the second half and eventually lost 10-1.

HIGHDOWN: Fullard, B Austin, Wells, Holmes, Lago, Ferris, Kill, Fosterjohn, S Austin, Edwards, Poole.