Match report by Charlie Bundell
Chichester College’s Female Football Academy were celebrating this week, after recording their first win of the season against BHASVIC.
They travelled to the Withdean Stadium on Wednesday with a point to prove, having been beaten at home earlier this season.
Chichester, playing with the wind in their favour, were slow to start but after a few changes and some words from manager Matt Wright and coach Emma Alexandre they soon tightened up their play and started passing more freely.
Pressing forward, Chichester looked promising in attack and demonstrated some good defensive movement with players behind the ball, ensuring when BHASVIC did breach the line there were always players at the back to prevent crosses entering the box.
Neither team was able to break the deadline, taking the teams into half-time at 0-0.
A motivating team-talk from Wright and Alexandre saw Chichester emerge after the break with their heads held high. They kept the pace up and continued passing the ball well.
As Chichester looked more assured than in the previous fixture, so BHASVIC started to look shaky as they began to make mistakes.
Chichester capitalised when midfielder Alice Walford beat the defence and crossed the ball in for attacker Alex COLLIGHAN to make it 1-0 to Chichester.
With Chichester ahead, their motivation soared as multiple players pushed forward, making amazing runs with ball and attacking the BHASVIC goal.
Although Molly Thorns, Teri Foster, Nicole Robinson and Gracie White all had good chances, unfortunately their efforts just went wide of the target – until WALFORD shot from outside the box to double the Chichester lead.
A two goal lead gave the Chichester side a real buzz and chance after chance came but none were able to reach the back of the net, while BHASVIC fought back for a consolation goal.
However with barely anytime on the clock, they were unable to find an equaliser and Chichester finally secured their first win.
Manager Matt Wright said: “It was great to see the girls playing the style of football we have been striving towards. Although the result is a great bonus, the true success came from the girls playing the best football we have seen so far this season.
“Every player at the college is on a journey as an individual and as part of the team. So far two of the college players have progressed into the first team squad at Chichester Ladies, this is far beyond anything we could have expected.”
Chichester: Poppy Shine, Nicole Robinson, Gracie White, Charlie Bundell, Teri Foster, Abi Field, Babette Schutte, Grace Greenshields, Alex Collighan, Alice Walford, Molly Thorns, Ellie Wright, Tegan Andrade-Paris, Katie Lawrence