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Chi urged to stop the rot

Chichester City Ladies are being urged to snap a three game losing streak and keep their fading title hopes on track.


Aaron Smith’s side have defied the odds this season, climbing to the top of the FA Women’s Southern Premier in just their second season at this level.


But recent weeks has seen City fall off the pace with last weekend’s 3-1 defeat to mid-table Loughborough Foxes the third in a row for City.


In comparison leaders Coventry United along with third-place Cardiff and Oxford United have all won their last five in a row.


It means with six matches of the campaign to go, City need to return to winning ways if they are to hold on to the coat tails of other sides around them.


Smith’s side have the perfect opportunity of getting back on track on Sunday when they head to C&K Basildon (2pm).


The Essex side have not won a league match all season, with a 4-2 defeat at Oaklands Park among 15 losses this campaign.


Despite their opponents’ poor form, Chi will need to cut out the errors which cost them dear in the 3-1 loss to the Foxes.


Jess Lewry opened the scoring, poking home after good work down the flank from Nadine Bazan.


But the Foxes hit back and took the advantage at half-time as Rebecca Knight headed home a corner and Chloe Young scored from the penalty spot.


Chances came for both sides after the break but it was Laura Steele who put the game to bed, her 25-yard shot powering in off the post.


Chi threw everything into the final 10 minutes including the kitchen sink and chances to try and get a point from the match came.


But Tash Stephens was denied by a defender while the rebound found Lewry, whose effort was parried wide by visiting keeper.


If there is a positive for Chi in recent weeks it’s that four of their players have been selected for county honours.


Lewry, Jess Burke, Sarah Phelps and Sarah Tubby are in the Sussex FA representative squad to play Middlesex on Wednesday in the Southern Counties Cup Competition Final.

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