Chichester City’s search for a first league win of the season continues despite a battling display against promotion-chasing Watford.
Sadie Blakely will be hoping her side’s FA Women’s National League game against the Hornets proves to be a turning point for the Green Army as they put up a tough fight against Watford on Sunday.
A 3-2 defeat against the leaders gives City hope ahead of another home match against Plymouth Argyle this weekend (Sunday, 2pm).
Watford took the lead in the first three minutes at Oaklands Park, rounding off a good counter attack that caught Chi off-guard.
City came back with the perfect response with a 25-yard screamer from skipper Megan Fox within seconds.
Chi continued to apply pressure and went into the lead when Gemma Simmonds took on two players in the box and chipped the keeper.
Nicky Lake made two incredible blocks within seconds to keep the greens on top as they tried to get to half-time on top.
But an unfortunate pass-back to the keeper put Watford through on goal with their number 10 slotting it home to bring it back to 2-2 moments before the break.
Watford came out fighting in the second half, with numerous chances on goal.
But a stand-out performance from Issy Foster denied chance after chance, making it clear Chi were not going to make it easy for Watford to take three points.
The visitors eventually broke through with 20 minutes left. But Chi continued to fight until the final whistle with an excellent team performance. However, they were unable to pull it back to a draw to receive a well deserved point.
The team’s passion, determination and fight has seen significant improvement throughout the season.
But with Chi sitting second bottom in the National Southern Premier, the Oaklands Park side need to start picking up points soon if they are to pull themselves away from trouble.
A game at home to Plymouth, who are third and have lost just once all season, will be another tough test for a side who are growing with confidence.