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City celebrate best ever year

Chichester City Ladies assistant manager Lee Hurrell has praised every member of the squad for helping propel the club to a record-breaking season.


The club ended their campaign last weekend with a 2-2 draw away at Gillingham, with Laura Ingram and Kim Stenning getting the goals.


It means Chi, who have one of the smallest budgets in the league, ended the National Southern Premier season in third with 46 points – 18 more than the tally gained in 2017/18.


Throw in a Sussex Challenge Cup trophy alongside the highest finish ever in the league and it was no wonder that there were smiles all round at the end of their final game of the year.


For the Chi coaching staff, this success was all down to the work of the players.


Hurrell said: “When I sat down with [manager] Aaron Smith and Matt Wright in June last year to discuss joining Chi City, it was their plans and ambition for the coming season that sold me on the club.


“The top four and a Sussex cup was it? I think we did all right!


“What a group of players to work with too, so much ability and personality in the group.


“From the first pre-season session to the final minute yesterday, they’ve worked so hard for everything that’s been achieved this season.”


Chi will be disappointed not to end their season with a victory on the north Kent coast.


After the Gills missed a penalty, it was Ingram who gave City the lead when she volleyed in a corner.


Chi couldn’t maintain the advantage after the break as Maddison Chamney-Farrand scored directly from a corner before Breon Grant put the Blues ahead.


However, with less than 10 to go, player-coach Stenning scored the equaliser, dinking the ball over the onrushing Gills keeper. It ensured that Chi ended the season with a five-match unbeaten run.

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