Charlton 0-0 Cardiff City
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 9:55AM GMT, Monday, 01 February 2016
The Charlton women’s team were held to a rather drab 0-0 draw by Cardiff City at Sporting Club Thamesmead on Sunday.
The stalemate means the Addicks stay in third place, although both sides moved a point closer to leaders Brighton and Hove Albion. Charlton now sit 11 points behind with three games in hand.
It was a cagey affair throughout, with the visitors dominating proceedings for the most part but failing to take the few chances they could carve out.
Charlton’s best effort of the game came deep into stoppage time, when substitute Jenny Newman fired into the side netting when presented with a great chance to nick the three points.
For their first league match in eight weeks, manager Jeremy Parsons made two changes, with Sam Pittuck and Nikita Whinnett restored to the starting line up in place of Ruby Southgate and Stef Simmons.
Neither keeper came under any real scrutiny from their oppositions’ strikers, with a grand total of zero shots on target registered in the first half. The best chance of the period fell to Cardiff’s Hope Suominen after an excellent ball over the Charlton defence, but the attacker blasted well off target from around eight yards out.
Down the other end, the hosts’ best move of the day saw Rosie Paye free Amy Howlett down the right flank, but Kit Graham couldn’t quite get enough on the cross and it spun wide of the far post.
The second half was more intriguing, with the two sides finally finding their rhythm. Cardiff, again, should have taken the lead when Chloe Lloyd centred for the unmarked Kerry Bartlett inside the six yard box. Her header, however, was inexplicably off target and Charlton breathed a sigh of relief.
Katie Flack did well to block another Cardiff attack, while goalkeeper Megen Lynch came off her line and dived at Laura Williams’ feet to thwart the winger when one-on-one.
It was Cardiff in the ascendancy still, and Lynch made comfortable saves from Williams, Bartlett and Kelly Aldridge before being at her best to deny Williams from close range.
Charlton’s sole foray into their opposition’s penalty area came when Gemma Shepherd flicked on a Kim Dixson corner to no one in particular and Cardiff cleared their lines.
However, the contest heated up in what seemed an inordinate amount of stoppage time. After a bit of a goalmouth scramble saw a few efforts blocked, Shepherd managed to lay the ball back to Newman, but the winger dragged her shot wide and into the side netting. Cardiff also had a late chance to take the spoils but came up short.
Charlton are back into cup action on Sunday, hosting Newcastle United in the FA Cup third round at Sporting Club Thamesmead (2pm kick off). Entry, as always, is free for Charlton Athletic and Thamesmead Town season ticket holders. General admission is priced at £3 for adults and £1 for concessions.
Charlton: Lynch; Paye, Flack, Coombs, Pittuck; Dixson, Baxter, Howlett (Newman 66mins), Whinnett; Shepherd, Graham. Subs (not used): Simmons, Clifford, Southgate.