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Chi Ladies win as Selsey held

Chichester City Ladies have FA Cup success in their sights after making it through to the fourth round of the cup competition.

The Green and White Army left it late against Luton Town as goals from Alex Collinghan and Cherelle Khassal secured a 2-0 victory.

That win brought a cash injection of £1,000 into the club but also hopes of a fourth round match against one of women’s football’s leading lights, such as Everton, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City, who enter the competition at this stage.

But Chi have avoided the Women’s Super League clubs and face a trip to Oswestry in Shropshire to play The New Saints on February 4.

Chi now have a week off to reflect on the victory ahead of returning to FA Women’s Premier League south action on January 21 against Swindon Town at Oaklands Park (2pm).

Speaking after the match, manager Matt Wright said: “I think we were always on top of the game. It was a tough match and a windy day and either side could have won it.

“Our defence held out well today and we had the lion’s share of the game.

“It took a bit of quality to secure the win, which we had. That was probably the difference.”

Wright was particularly pleased to see the impact of Chi’s academy coming to fruition, with young striker Collinghan and debutant Alex Walford having an impact on the match.

Wright said: “All of us work together to put the youth system together both at the Chichester College academy and at our own training sessions.

“I’m very proud of how it is all coming together and it is a proud moment for the club.”

Elsewhere, in SCFL Division One Selsey will be looking to continue their six-match unbeaten as they travel to Brighton play AFC Varndeanians (3pm).

The Blues left it late against Steyning Town last time out, with Jake Goulding scoring with ten minutes left to seal a 1-1 draw.

In SCFL Division Two, Sidlesham travel to Montpelier Villa while Bosham host league leaders Roffey (both 2pm).

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