THE CHI magic is back – that’s the word from the Chichester City Ladies camp as they test themselves against bogey side Coventry United this weekend.
The Oaklands Park side had lost their way in recent weeks, stumbling to three league losses in a row – a run which all but ended their slim hopes of lifting the National Southern Premier crown.
Since then, though, third-place Chi have regrouped and found their groove, thrashing C&K Basildon 8-0 away before pushing local rivals Portsmouth Ladies all the way during a 3-1 defeat mid-week under the lights.
It’s now onto the tough task of facing undefeated league leaders Coventry United in Daventry on Sunday (2pm).
But Chi coach Matt Wright, who managed the side for a number of seasons, says the club is back to where it should be – and anticipates they will take that feel-good spirit into the match in the Midlands.
Speaking about the Basildon win, Wright said: “I think anyone we had that week would have been a good game to have as mood in the camp was good, the players were on it, the atmosphere in the camp was really good and everyone was absolutely buzzing to be back involved in the team. It was just unfortunate for Basildon it was them we were facing.
“It has been some of the best training sessions we have had in terms of fun and players are playing with smiles on their faces.
“We seem to have got that buzz back, we call it the Chi magic and it’s a really good place to be at the moment.”
Chi produced one of their best attacking performances of the season in an end-to-end match at Portsmouth in mid-week.
Two early free kick goals for Pompey ensured City were up against it. Jess Lewry halved the deficit in the first half – then missed two second half penalties to deny Chi the lead. Pompey wrapped things up late one.
Despite being much improved in recent weeks, Cov will prove to be a different test.
The Midlands side have been a thorn in Chi’s side this season, defeating them in both the league and league cup this term.
Wright said “Coventry will be a massive test, it will be huge. We are confident we can go there and, with the application we have, we will give anyone a run for their money at the moment.”