WITH a game still remaining, Chester City Ladies secured their Combination League status on Sunday with a 5-1 demolition of Leeds City.
On a warm day and on a poor pitch, Chester ran the game from start to finish. They were soon in front when a mix-up between Watson at the heart of the Leeds defence and her keeper, Finch, allowed Clare Reynolds to fire into the empty net.
Toward the end of the half, Chester had most of the ball but Leeds were unlucky to see a few attempts on Edwards' goal go wide.
Almost immediately from the restart, Leeds were offered another clear opportunity to shoot. In an attempt to block the shot, and to the amazement of everyone, Lisa Sandys was adjudged to have been reckless in her challenge and the referee awarded a penalty from which the hosts equalised.
The setback inspired Chester who restored their lead almost immediately when Donna Edwards cracked a 22-yard thunderbolt through a mass of players.
The third goal came when the tricky 14-year-old Katie Wilson, recently signed from Tranmere, jinked her way beyond the Leeds left-back and got to the goal line, only to be pulled back inside the penalty area. Nichola Dunn stepped up to take the penalty and although the shot was parried, she reacted to shoot home the rebound.
When Reynolds was pulled down inside the area, the third penalty was awarded and this time she took the kick and squeezed the ball between the keeper's legs.
The final goal was created by substitute Jo Reynolds who took a return pass from sister Clare before firing home.