Table toppers Chichester City defeated Exeter 5-0 on Sunday afternoon, keeping their title threat going. Exeter currently sit at the bottom of the WPL South West Division, in 12th, and have only collected one point out of twelve games.
The victory proved to be crucial as Plymouth Argyle, who claim second place, thrashed Maidenhead United 6-0. Although the Pilgrims are trailing thirteen points behind Chichester, the side face a fixture backlog of four games.
After the match, BOTN interviewed first team manager, Liam Greenfield:
Q1. What was your tactical approach to the game? What style of football do Exeter play?
A. “Exeter kept almost all of their players behind the ball and made space a premium in their defensive third, so it was important to be patient today and move the ball quickly.”
Q2. Molly Clark and Luice Challen both scored in the first forty five minutes to give Chichester the lead. Can you talk us through the first half?
A. “The team started well; we knew that we would see a lot of the ball, so it was important to get the breakthrough and not have meaningless possession. Molly’s goal came early after a good ball from the right by Lauren and Molly was able to finish coolly from inside the box. The team kept the pressure on for the entire half and I think that Exeter only managed one foray into our box via a set piece. We created several chances, hitting the woodwork at couple of times. It was just a reward when Lucie scored direct from a corner- her deliveries were superb all day.”
Q3. What was the message during the half time talk?
A. “We spoke about being a bit calmer in the final third and taking a bit more time when it came to our finishing. The patience was there in the build up, but we just needed to stay patient in and around the box.”
Q4. Another three goals were scored after half time. What were the highlights of the second half?
A. “There were several moments where our build play was sublime. However, we were just unable to apply the finishing touch.”
Q5. Overall, what were the best parts of your performance? What improvements can be made?
A. “Our patience was impressive today. We didn’t often rush things and continued to look to find space in a very tight and congested final third. We still could have scored more in the second half and I don’t think that the score line really reflects the dominance we asserted. We hit the woodwork a good number of times and our shot selection was a little off, so that is something we will look to work on.”
In their next match, Chichester Ladies encounter QPR in a friendly, which will take place on Sunday.
In the league, the side face promotion contenders Plymouth Argyle on Sunday 9th April.