Football: City ladies too strong for Southampton and Swindon

Chichester City Ladies
Chichester City Ladies

Chichester City Ladies beat Southampton and Swindon to extend their fine start to the season - while their development squad slipped to a 2-0 loss to Crystal Palace.

Here are the latest reports - plus news of City’s open day for girls tomorrow (Sep 12).

Chichester City Ladies 2 Southampton Ladies 1

Chichester City Ladies 7 Swindon Spitfires 0

CHICHESTER enjoyed a fine midweek win over Southampton thanks to goals by player of the match Lucie Challen and Jade Widdows.

On Sunday, they won 7-0 against Swindon Spitfires by virtue of a Kally Ambler hat-trick, two from star player Widdows and one each for Shannon Albuery and Tammy Waine.

Chichester flew out of the blocks in the second half scoring almost immediately as Ambler broke clear and rifled her shot into the net.

The Green Army had a 100 per cent record in league and cup going into the Swindon game while the visitors had lost all their games.

Poor finishing and good goalkeeping meant they had to wait until the 15-minute mark to open the scoring – a tap into an empty net for Ambler after good build-up play.

Just before half-time they got their second, Widdows extending her scoring streak.

Chichester flew out of the blocks in the second half scoring almost immediately as Ambler broke clear and rifled her shot into the net. It didn’t take long for her to complete her hat-trick as a lofted effort from the right beat the goalkeeper.

Alburey was introduced for Amy Found and scored with her first touch, arriving into the box and firing her effort into the goal after a cross from the right.

Widdows got her second of the game and fourth of the season as she arrived at the back post to tap in. Waine completed the scoring with a cool finish inside the area.

This Sunday, the first Team visit St Nicholas (2pm).

Chi City Development 0 Crystal Palace Res 2

The development squad began the 2015-16 season at home to Crystal Palace at Sidlesham.

On a glorious day for football, City started positively. Ella Potter and Emily Symonds were linking well down the right.

Palace began to get into the game and forced Galway to make a save to her left before the ball was cleared by Gemma Halford.

Potter broke down the right and delivered an inch-perfect cross but there were no numbers in the box.

Before half-time, Palace broke through and beat Galway only for the bar to come to the rescue.

Palace began the second half strongly and applied instant pressure.

Chichester were eventually broken down as a Palace striker rode through a few loose challenges to finish in the bottom corner.

This appeared to wake up City, who started move the ball around.

A couple of long-range attempts from Natalie Clarke and Jodie Prince were blocked by the Palace defence.

Just before the final whistle, Palace got a free-kick just outside the box. As the ball was whipped in Galway came to claim the ball, only for it to go through her hands and in.

On Sunday the development squad host Spurs at Clymping (2pm).

* CHICHESTER CITY Girls’ Football Club have gone from strength to strength over the past three years.

That recent success will be celebrated this Saturday with an open day for any new players who wish to join.

Chelsea Super League star Millie Farrow and England Beach Soccer striker Kally Ambler will be in attendance to offer advice and playing tips on the womens’ game.

Former England Colleges captain and now Chichester City senior Lauren Cheshire will also be present. The girls, who are coached by senior players from Chichester City ladies’ and their club has grown at a fantastic rate since it 
was established in three seasons ago.

City offer playing opportunities for girls aged six to 15 and is looking to boost numbers by asking any girls interested in playing to come and join in on Saturday (Sept 12) at 10am at Chichester College.

To help celebrate the start of a new season the Women’s Super League player Farrow (Chelsea) will be attending to offer advice and guidance for young females in the game.

She will be supported by the England beach soccer striker Ambler and the day will be an opportunity for any girls regardless of standard and experience to come along and try out some free fun football sessions hosted by the club’s FA-qualified coaches.

For more details related to the event or the club, contact Matt Wright at or on 07534 996578.

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