CHORLEY Ladies’ luck in terms of cup draws continued to desert them as they faced the highest-ranked team in the Ladies WPL Plate - Leicester City.

The Euxton-based side had a clear game plan to catch the Foxes unawares by pressing high as a team and winning the ball in their own half with an attacking formation.

Chorley had nothing to lose and started the game with an all or nothing attitude.

Within the opening 10 minutes, Chaneese Reeves had given the Lancashire side the lead.

A good pass from Mel Ball allowed Reeves to slot passed the encroaching goalkeeper.

The lead for Chorley was soon doubled with a fine finish from Sam Cadwallader, who curled into the top right corner from outside the box.

Leicester were stunned and struggled to respond.

Further chances fell to Chorley, with one specific goal being ruled out for offside by Ball which would have seen a three-nothing scoreline.

Shortly before the half time whistle, the Premier League side clawed a goal back. Slack defending from a throw found an unmarked player who hit from the edge of the box passed Jo Phillips.

Leicester continued their attack and Phillips came to the rescue a number of times with world-class saves to prevent Leicester equalising.

At the start of the second half, Leicester were out early and this proved vital as Chorley made a sluggish start to the second half, allowing Leicester to equalise and further take the lead.

Chorley’s management made changes in an attempt to equalise but Leicester broke on the counter attack and scored a fourth.

Charlotte Higginson scored a perfectly placed long-range effort to set up an enticing final 15 minutes.

But to all Chorley’s hard work and graft, came the threat of a second counter attack from the Midlands based side.

City went on to add another and progress into the next round after a 5-3 victory.

It was a valiant effort from Chorley, who for the third time this season have worked hard and shown real quality against higher leagued teams.

Chorley Ladies sit in second spot in the FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division One and if they pick up all three points from their trip to the Wirral to face Tranmere on Sunday then they can close the gap on top side Guiseley Vixens to two points.

League action returns next weekend with a trip to the Wirral to face Tranmere.

Manager Roger Leigh, said: “We were the under dogs and put in a great performance and gave away silly goals to gift them the win.”

Midfielder Katherine Bonner, said: “We worked so hard but they got us on the counter attack as we hunted for the equaliser.”