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Blakely still waiting for a win

Chichester City Ladies first team manager Sadie Blakely is hoping a double header will give her chance to break the losing start to life at the Oaklands Park helm.

 

The transition to the dugout from between the sticks has not gone as smoothly as hoped for the former goalkeeper.

 

After a summer of change at the club, Chi have begun the new National Southern Premier season with an opening day defeat in the league followed by a 3-1 loss at home to Cambridge City in the League Cup last time out.

 

Chi now have the perfect opportunity to get their season back on track with a tough trip to former Super League side Yeovil on Sunday (2pm) followed by a midweek home derby against Crawley Wasps on Wednesday (7.45pm).

 

City will take heart from a positive second half display against Cambridge when captain Megan Fox scored a 25-yeard stunner to reduce the deficit.

 

But the damage had already been done by that point as the lower league opponents took charge of the match with three fortuitous goals.

 

Chi had much of the better of the opening exchanges as Lucy Cook and Amy Martins caused trouble down the visitors’ flanks.

 

Two penalty shouts were then turned down before a speculative cross from Cambridge was dropped by the Chi keeper into the path of the opposing striker.

 

The visitors made it 0-2 just before the break when the right winger found herself free and fired low into the bottom corner.

 

Chi rallied in the second half thanks to three half-time subs. A fluky third for the visitors did not deter the home side with Fox getting a well deserved consolation. Chi now go into the League Plate first round.

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