Chichester City Ladies gave long-serving stalwart Matt Wright the perfect send off – and now the team has been tasked with sealing a second-place finish.
After 11 years at Oaklands Park – a number of which he served as manager, Wright has taken the difficult decision to step down from coaching duties.
As a sign of thanks, Chi held a guard of honour for Wright ahead of their penultimate home game of the season against Watford last weekend.
The FA Women’s National Southern Premier side then repaid him in full by defeating the former Women’s Super League side 1-0 thanks to a Lauren Cheshire penalty which lifted them into second.
Chi, who played Brighton & Hove Albion in the Sussex Challenge Cup final at Lancing last night, now have two matches remaining – with the target set by manager Aaron Smith very clear.
He said: “We can still finish second in this league. For a team our size with our budget and where we are it is phenomenal. Every player needs to keep going, we can win both of those two games so the intensity will not drop. I will not let it drop.”
In SCFL Premier champions Chichester City start a busy Easter period by heading to Arundel tomorrow (3pm) before hosting neighbours Pagham on Easter Monday (11am).
In SCFL Division One fifth-place Selsey play Storrington tomorrow (3pm) before a local derby at ninth-place Sidlesham on Monday (11am).