CHORLEY Ladies crashed out of the league cup after suffering a 5-1 defeat to Leicester City.

Meghan Pope started in goal after recovering from injury with Kim Sykes, Janet Mitchell, Kez Nickson and Ruth Harrison making the back four.

Just in front was the midfield trio of Lisa Topping, Laura Walker and Kathy Bonner.

Whilst Jen King, Scarlett Smith and Rachel Wood completed the attack.

The conditions were extremely wet in Euxton as the ladies kicked off in the League Cup against Leicester City Women whom are in the league above.

The start was lively with a high tempo and Walker and Topping were controlling the game.

Chorley started brightly and were rewarded when Topping made a superb run into the box only to be halted unfairly and a penalty was given.

Walker stepped up and fired the ball to the goalkeepers right giving her no chance. 1-0 to Chorley.

The ladies were linking well across the park and holding their own.

However, the lead didn’t last long and a few minutes later the visitors struck back. An over hit pass back was awkward for Pope to control and eventually the ball landed to a blue shirt who stroked the ball into an empty net.

Wood and Smith were linking well in attack but the conditions didn’t help and neither side really were able to control the game. Slightly against the run of play, Leicester took the lead. A cross was whipped in from the far side after great build up play and the winger volleyed spectacularly passed Pope to make it 2-1 to the visitors.

They then started dominating and despite Chorley staying tight at the back especially through Mitchell, Leicester added a third.

Again, some neat footwork on the edge of the box allowed a bit of space for a snapshot and the ball nestled into the far corner. 3-1 to Leicester at the break.

The second half was a gritty performance from Chorley as they remained disciplined and neither side really could create many chances.

Chorley were looking good down the flanks with King and Wood but the game was very much played in the middle third. Credit goes to Chorley for such a controlled performance. However, Leicester did manage to sneak two goals late on. The first of these was a brilliant strike whereby the Leicester midfielder dribbled with the ball before striking an unstoppable shot beyond Pope; it was harsh on Chorley but a great finish. The final goal of the game had a fortune of luck to it as Pope managed to pull off a wonderful save at the first attempt before the ball landed for a Leicester player to tap in the rebound. The score line flatters the visitors as Chorley deserved more from the game. Chorley will now go into the plate competition to contest for silverware.