Chichester ladies are finding life in their new division tough after slipping to a second straight loss for the first time in three seasons - 2-0 at Ebbsfleet.
Chichester’s back-line saw Richardson return alongside Starkey. For all their good play, Chichester failed to threaten – although Shrubb had a goal disallowed.
Disaster struck just before half-time as Ebbsfleet nabbed two goals through a couple of sensational passes and cool finishes.
The introduction of Evans and Ogden helped pressurise the Fleet goal and Shrubb had several near misses.
Chichester make the long journey to Ipswich this week.
CITY: McNamara, Hughes-Jones, Richardson, Starkey, Paul, Willett, Widdowson, Wride, Challen, Shrubb, Pittounikos, Ogden, Harnett, Evans.
Chichester City Ladies Res 4 Eastbourne Ladies 1
South East Counties div one west
CITY had several new players and a couple in unfamiliar roles.
New girl Kally Ambler caused problems from the off, linking well with strike partner Lauren Ellis.
A sloppy free-kick given away on the edge of the area led to Eastbourne taking the lead.
Jess Harnett replaced Ellis up front and hit a great shot from the edge of the area to make it 1-1 on 50 minutes then struck a screamer from 25 yards to make it 2-1.
Gabi Fisher delivered decent crosses and it was 3-1 when Ambler stole the ball and drove into the area to finish neatlyr.
Ambler rounded the keeper to get her second.
The reserves host Rottingdean at Oaklands Park on Sunday.
CITY: Bernard, Thorne, Steed, Alexandre, Selby, Grant, Whelan, Cottam-Verbruggen, Bailey, Ambler, Ellis. Subs: Harnett, Fisher, Bateman.