New Chichester City Ladies manager Sadie Blakeley has suffered a blow with the news of the departure of another key player from last season’s history-making squad.
The former goalkeeper took up the reins at Oaklands Park last month after the club finished third in the third tier of women’s football.
Within weeks, both club captain Lauren Cheshire and striker Cherelle Khassal announced their departures.
This has been followed by influential midfielder Tash Stephens, who announced she will also be leaving the club.
Stephens said: “I’m grateful to have been able to play alongside some amazing people, learn so much and create so many memories.
“However, it’s time for me to move on and find a new challenge for next season.”
Blakeley started the rebuilding process this week as the club hosted open trials at Chichester College.
With the emphasis on youth and bringing players through the ranks, the former goalkeeper is expected to turn to youth ahead of the National Southern Premier campaign kicking off in a few weeks’ time.
-Sidlesham FC has confirmed its pre-season schedule ahead of the new campaign.
The SCFL Division One side will start their preparations with a match at home against local rivals Bosham on July 6 (3pm).
That will be followed by ties against East Preston (July 9, 7.45pm), Epsom & Ewell (July 13, 3pm) and Fareham Town (July 16, 7.45pm).
Matches against Nyetimber Pirates (July 20, 3pm) and Littlehampton Town (July 27, 3pm) are also planned. All games will be played at the Memorial Ground.