Ladies win after Blanchflower brace

Chichester City Ladies 0-3 West Ham United Ladies

West Ham United Ladies came safely through their FA Women's Cup second-round tie against Chichester City of the London and South East Regional League.

A first-half strike from Kelley Blanchflower (pictured) eased the nerves on Sunday and she went on to add a second after the interval. Becky Merritt wrapped up a comfortable away win and ensured the Hammers were not victims of a giantkilling on the south coast.

The Hammers are next in action with a County Cup quarter-final at  Billericay Town on Sunday 15 January, before they resume what looks like being a thrilling conclusion to their FA Women's Premier League Southern Division campaign away to Queens Park Rangers on Sunday 22 January.

Julia Setford's team are four points adrift of leaders Colchester United, who have finished their fixtures. It means four points from the last two games would see West Ham overhaul Colchester, although Portsmouth have three games to play and are just a point behind in third place.

The Southern Division champions will be promoted to the National Division, the second tier of the English game below the FA Women's Super League.