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Enfield Town 0 Chichester City 6
Chichester City claimed a place in the Third Round of the FA Women's Cup with a comprehensive six-goal victory away at Enfield Town.
The prize on offer was a long trip next Sunday to newly formed WSL2 club Durham WFC in the latter's first ever competitive match. After an even first half hour, Chi were two goals to the good at the break and ran riot in the latter stages, only a string of Kelly Cooper saves preventing a far greater margin of defeat as Enfield chased the game and were clinically picked off on the counter attack.
A great amount of work on the Queen Elizabeth Stadium pitch made the game playable at the fourth attempt and both sides started cautiously after a long break from competitive action. Cooper held a long range Jade Widdowson effort and Hannah McNamara fielded a Cally Brown shot. Enfield skipper Claire Gooch threatened with a header from a free kick on the right which was blocked as an even first 20 minutes gave little indication of the final outcome.
Lauren Cheshire on the Chichester right was starting to see a lot of the ball and provided a good deal of the visitors' threat along with Jenna Fowlie on the opposite wing. With Hollie Wride and Kally Ambler always looking to get in to meet crosses or run on to through passes, the chances started to pile up.
It was Ambler who opened the scoring, turning home a Cheshire low cross at the near post on 32 minutes. Chichester doubled their advantage ten minutes later when Cheshire hit a beauty from 20 yards wide right which flew beyond Cooper's dive.
If Enfield were to mount a comeback on the restart, they needed to score the next goal and they looked more lively but on 51 minutes Cooper failed to gather a bouncing through ball and Ambler was able to tap in the third. The Enfield keeper recovered well from this error to produce a series of quality saves in the final half hour.
Enfield did create some danger in front of McNamara's goal, Nula McKevitt going close from a corner and Lizzie Kent dragging a shot wide from the edge of the area. However, at the other end Chichester created numerous openings. Cooper denied Cheshire from two yards out with a brave block on her line then Wride with a brilliantly timed one-on-one interception on 63 minutes.
Substitute Abbey Shrubb added a fourth direct from a wickedly inswinging corner but missed from five yards when set up by Cheshire.
Chichester, by now bursting with pace and confidence, simply passed the ball to set up openings at regular intervals against an overworked home defence. Wride scored a fantastic fifth after a flowing five player move allowed her to sidefoot home from the edge of the area on 79 minutes.
Wride had another shot just over, then Kirsty Willett drove a loose ball inches over after a fine Cooper save. Shrubb blasted a shot at the Enfield keeper from ten yards before Wride rounded off the scoring, weaving into the area and burying a powerful lofted finish beyond Cooper's right hand on 86 minutes.
Chichester City, going well in the South West Combination, have a round trip of about 650 miles to face their opponents next Sunday, weather permitting. They will surely approach the test of WSL opposition with more confidence after this dominating display.
Enfield Town: Kelly Cooper, Beth Demery, Kerrie Marlborough, Cally Brown, Claire Gooch, Nula McKevitt, Tara Hutcherson, Lizzie Kent, Vicky Lewis, Louise Bennett, Regan Coleman. Subs: Hayley Wood-Thompson, Sian Horrigan, Amy-Lee Gullefer, Laura Owen.
Chichester City: Hannah McNamara, Lucy Harnett, Lucie Challen, Taylor McGlashan, Emma Alexandre, Jade Widdowson, Jenna Fowlie, Kirsty Willett, Hollie Wride, Kally Ambler, Lauren Cheshire. Subs: Jodie Greenway, Abbey Shrubb, Georgina Starkey, Emily Symonds.
(report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Kally Ambler is challenged by Claire Gooch
(middle) Beth Demery tussles for the ball with Lauren Cheshire
(bottom) Tara Hutcherson is held off by Jenna Fowlie
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