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Tractor Girls away day joy
 Women's Football News 18 Feb 2013
 
Tractor Girls away day joy - 18 Feb 2013 - Women's Football NewsChichester City 0 Ipswich Town 5
Ipswich Town moved into second place in the South East Combination table with their second away win in four days. 
 
Having beaten local rivals Norwich City 4-1 in midweek, the Tractor Girls made a much longer journey to West Sussex, this time returning home with a thumping 5-0 success over Chichester City to overtake their opponents on goal difference. Dominating the match from the start, Ipswich were three goals to the good by half time and added two second half spot kicks to complete a fine afternoon's work.
 
Chichester, missing prolific scorer Abbey Shrubb, went behind on 12 minutes when concerted Ipswich pressure saw Michelle Allum cross low for Rosi Webb to tuck a neat near post finish under Hannah McNamara. Webb nearly added a second when she robbed a defender, but the home keeper and defenders were able to scramble the ball clear.
 
The second goal came when a cross hit Danni Paul and deflected wide of McNamara. Amanda Everett twice went close to extending the lead from distance as Ipswich dominated the midfield before Chichester finally created an opening for Lucy Challen on 42 minutes. An excellent tackle by Lindsey Smith averted the danger and the visitors promptly added their third, fine work by Kat Parnell setting up Danni Bitten for a shot from the edge of the area with a deflection again wrongfooting McNamara on 43 minutes.
 
Any hope of a home revival was sunk when Webb was brought down in the area on 49 minutes and Jess Taylor converted the penalty. Parnell nearly added a fifth with a turn and curling shot inches wide two minutes later. A reshuffled home defence then managed to gain some control over a lively and fluent Ipswich front line and started to create better attacking situations.
 
Substitute Zoe Hughes-Jones played in Challen and Ipswich keeper Alice Rayner made a fine reaction save to deny the Chichester forward. Rayner then scuffed a clearance but was able to stop Challen's shot from the edge of the area.
 
As Chichester, encouraged by their enthusiastic support, tried to find a way back they were caught several times on the break. On 81 minutes Ipswich were awarded a hotly disputed penalty when Lauren Cartwright was adjudged to have been brought down and Taylor converted her second spot kick. Smith nearly added a sixth from an Allum free kick but McNamara did well to turn a close range header over the bar.
 
Chichester, who defeated Ipswich 4-3 earlier in the season. battled hard throughout but were repeatedly caught out by a excellent team performance by the visitors. The Tractor Girls were aided by a bit of good fortune for some of the goals but could have scored from several other good attacking moves. So successful have Chichester been this season that it is easy to forget that this is their first ever campaign at this level, unlike their Suffolk opponents.
 
Chichester face a trip to leaders Chesham next week and will hope for a better showing and better luck. Ipswich looked a very well organised and creative team with fluent passing and a potent attack who will hope to build on this week's successes.
 
Chichester City: Hannah McNamara, Jenna Fowlie, Danni Paul, Georgina Starkey, Emma Alexander, Steph Madden, Holly Wride, Jade Widdowson, Becky Yeo, Lucy Challen, Lucy Harnett. Subs: Zoe Hughes-Jones, Cally Ambler.

Ipswich Town: Alice Rayner, Lindsey Smith, Aimee Hartson, Danni Bitten, Jess Taylor, Kat Parnell, Michelle Allum, Rosi Webb, Amanda Everett, Lauren Cartwright, Amy Cook. Subs: Roxanne Small, Stacey Hadley, Coral Young. 

 
(Report by Patrick Higgins)

 
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