WOMENS REPORT | Altrincham 1-1 Chester FC Women

    Rachel Lever was on target again as Chester FC Women gained a point with a 1-1 draw at Altrincham.

    Despite creating a number of good chances throughout, the Blues were unable to make the pressure count and manager Martin Fitzsimons admitted it was a frustrating result.

    Lever fired Chester ahead in the first half with an excellent long range strike, however Alty levelled things before the break and defended well to earn a share of the spoils.

    Katie Priest was named as player of the match for the Blues, who welcome Salford City Lionesses to Ellesmere Port Sports Village this Sunday.

    Following the game, Fitzsimons said: “On paper it was a good result, however we should have taken all three points.

    “In the first half we used the ball and created a few chances, looking particularly dangerous down the left hand side. The pressure on that side of the pitch paid off when Rachel Lever hit the top corner from 25 yards to make it 1-0. The next 10 minutes were more even and Altrincham drew level but that seemed to wake us up and for the rest of the half we were camped at their end.

    “The second half was much the same. The midfield controlled the game but despite our best efforts and a number of chance we couldn’t find that second goal.

    “Overall it was another promising performance but it felt like a defeat because it was a game we should have won. Generally performance levels have been to a consistently high level but we said to the squad after the game that we need to be a little more clinical in front of goal.

    “We’ll pick ourselves up and make sure we are fully prepared for our next game with Salford.”