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Pre-season is in full swing for Chichester City as they have been working hard on building two squads capable of competing well in their leagues.
The First Team have brought in some new faces to help give their squad strength in depth as well as some more attacking threat. The players who have joined so far are full back Megan Oliver and midfielder Keavy Price from Brighton C of Ex, Cherelle Khassal, a striker from Lewes and midfielder Jess Lewry from Southampton Saints.
Jade Widdows, who left halfway through last season for Brighton & Hove Albion, has returned to the club and Chichester also have the added bonus of midfielder Jade Widdowson returning from long term injury as well as Kally Ambler, who also had a lengthy layout towards the end of the campaign.
The First Team start the season in the FAWPL South West Division One and will be looking for promotion at the end of the season. Manager Liam Greenfield has worked hard to bring in some attacking players as this was where they needed to improve on from last season. The defence remains the same as they were the best defence in the league last season, but with the addition of Megan Oliver.
Liam said: "We now have the right balance between defence and attack, with several players capable of scoring goals for the team. We have a great work ethic and the ladies know that this season is an important one for them and the club.
"We are focused on our objective and want to make sure we don't make any silly mistakes this year. Our aim is promotion and we will be doing everything together to try and achieve this."
With Liam's assistant Clive Stubbs taking the step into management with the Under-16s this season, Development Squad coach Rhys Griffiths makes the step up to be Liam's assistant and First Team coach.
During pre-season the ladies have played five friendlies so far, scoring 20 goals and conceding five with several different goalscorers within those games, many of them being the new players. The first league game of the new season will be at home to Cheltenham Town at Oaklands Park on Sunday.
The club has also joined partnership with Core Results in Chichester to help give the ladies the opportunity to work on their health and fitness outside of training sessions. This opportunity has been well received by the players and many of them have been in the gym in their spare time to improve.
The Development Squad have moved away from the FAWPL Reserve section and back to the SECWFL Premier Division (where they came from). The club felt that with the amount of young players starting to come through the club we wanted to give them competitive football with the possibility of promotion and relegation, giving them something more to fight for throughout the season. They will continue to be managed by Richard Semark with the help of Mal Ellis but have a new coach in place for training and games called Rob Semark as Rhys Griffiths makes the step up to First Team.
The Development Squad have signed Teri Foster, a young 16-year-old with great promise who has previously played youth football and can play either up front or in midfield. The majority of DS players have also returned and many Under-16s will be turning 16 throughout the season and will be taking some part in the new campaign.
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