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Chichester City 1 Cambridge City 3
Cambridge City scored a historic first win at National League level with a deserved 3-1 away win at higher division Chichester City in the FAWNL Cup Determining Round.
Well organised and with great commitment, Cambridge saw off the challenge of a much changed and youthful Chichester team who put them under great pressure early and late in the match.
The middle third belonged to the visitors with three unanswered goals either side of the break. reward for good attacking play down the wings. A late goal for the hosts was, however, well deserved for keeping their spirits high in adversity.
Cambridge City, outstanding Eastern Region League Champions and League Cup winners last season, showed to no fear in an even opening period. Chichester threatened an opening goal on several occasions down the right through Lucy Cook and Sharna Capel-Watson. Skipper Megan Fox then delivered two dangerous corners from the right which were scrambled away.
Just after the half hour Cambridge took the lead through Beatrice Fitzsimons and doubled the advantage two minutes later with a clever move down the right and crisp finish by Charlotte Gillies. It took a fine save to deny Cambridge an immediate third before some order was restored to the home defence.
After the break, Cambridge soon extended their lead when Megan Tonks found the corner of the net taking an early shot from distance on 49 minutes. For a while, the Division One South East newcomers looked likely to extend their lead but Chichester regrouped in the final half hour in good style.
Loulou Robson had gone close with a header from a corner, Tash Wild was just wide with a cross-shot just after the hour but it was skipper Fox who reduced the arrears with a fine 30-yard effort in the top left corner to give Chi some hope.
Chichester piled forward in a brave attempt to salvage a draw and extra time but the impressive Cambridge back line and keeper were equal to the task and saw the match out comfortably for a fine win to take their place in the FAWNL Cup draw whilst Chichester will contest the Plate competition.
Jaime Rowlands, Rebecca Moody, Gemma White, Holly Muirhead, Sophie Phelps, Loulou Robson, Lucy Cook, Megan Fox, Rhianne Parsons, Sharna Capel-Watson, Priscilla Martins. Subs: Rachel Jarvis, Nicky Lake, Tash Wild, Katie Long, Molly Thorns.
Dominika Szary, Hannah Bodily, Georgia Day, Ceri Flye, Freya Standing, Rebecca Fay, Charlotte Gillies, Sofia Castiglione, Megan Tonks, Carla Penny, Beatrice Fitzsimons. Sub: Bronte Rapley.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
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