Football: Chichesrer ladies get better of Gillingham

Chichester City Ladies beat Gillingham 2-1 at Oaklands Park in their latest warm-up for the season ahead.

The national-league side travelled down for a high-tempo and highly-competitive match.

The Gills kept Chi pinned in their half for much of the early exchanges. The introduction of Jade Widdowson allowed Chichester to gain a foothold in the game and soon the Lillywhites pushed on and threatened the Gillingham goal.

Before long, Lucie Challen slotted home only to be denied by an offside flag.

In the second half, Challen struck again, beating two players to slot the ball home past a stranded keeper.

Gillingham responded well and MacNamara made a string of outstanding saves.

The Gills’ wide midfielder struck a shot from outside the box which took a massive deflection to loop into the Chi goal.

In response Cottam, on her first-team home debut, executed a fantastic through-ball to Shrubb who slotted in the winner.

Gillingham pushed hard for an equaliser and twice, only the bar denied them. Chichester continue their pre-season campaign away to Pompey Ladies on Sunday.

Chichester’s reserves took the field for the first time this season for a friendly at their new home ground at Hunston Community Club.

With several new faces, they played three 30-minute games against Parkwood .

In the first, goal from Lauren Ellis sealed it 1-0.

The second saw Abbey Shrubb in the Chichester goal with nothing much to do and it finished 0-0.

The last 30 minutes brought a 1-0 victory after Amy Bailey broke down the right and finished neatly with her left foot.

The reserves play again this Sunday at Hunston Community Centre and will continue to use this as their new home ground from now on.

Chichester Youth Girls’ FC teamed up with Sussex FA to celebrate the Bobby Robson national football day on Saturday.

Chichester ran an open fun football day with the support of Bodyworks Fitness Suite at Chichester College and had a great turnout.

Hannah Macnamara (head coach) organised a series of games for the girls with some fantastic incentives provided by Sussex FA. With existing club members and new players all enjoying themselves, the event was a huge success.

The club continue to run sessions every Saturday at Chichester College from 10am to 11.30am. They’ll have two sides in local girls’ leagues next season. New players aged six to 14 are welcome.

For more information, contact Hannah on 07727 068946 or Matt at