Chichester City Ladies are still waiting for their first win under new boss Sadie Blakely after suffering two defeats in four days.
The revamped Green and Whites have had a tough start to life under the rookie manager, losing their first three matches in the National Southern Premier, and being dumped out of the league cup by lower league opposition.
The last week saw a 3-0 loss at former Super League side Yeovil followed by a 7-1 defeat to Crawley Wasps under the lights at Oaklands Park. The setback enabled the strong visitors to go top of the table to reach their highest league position.
Despite the poor run, there has been plenty of positives for Blakely to take, not least the development of a number of younger players who are gaining valuable experience at tier three of the women’s game.
The hope is that Chi will break their duck on Sunday when they head to Oxford United in the league (2pm).
Blakely will want to see a repeat of the first half showing at Yeovil when her young team were more than a match for their buoyed opponents, who were playing in front of their new American owner.
After restricting the home side to a series of long shots, home keeper Beth Howard had to act sharply to stop a dangerous effort from City’s captain, Megan Fox, sailing in.
Into the second period and Yeovil’s experience started to tell. It was a 17-year-old, though, who broke the deadlock as Erin Bloomfield put the Somerset side in front.
The lead was doubled shortly after when Sarah Wiltshire lobbed home before Kelly Aldridge completed the win as time ticked down.