Charlton 0-1 Coventry City
Report by Sue Prior
Page last updated at 9:25AM UTC, Sunday, 28 August 2011
The Charlton women’s team succumbed to a narrow 1-0 loss against Coventry City at the Greene King Stadium on Sunday.
Maz Gauntlett’s first half strike was enough to inflict the Addicks’ maiden defeat in the FA Women’s Premier League National Division this season.
The visitors were denied an early lead by a brilliant goal-line clearance after just two minutes of play. Sky Blues keeper Sue Wood fumbled a Gemma Bryan effort into the path of Ellie Stenning, whose shot from six yards out looked destined for the goal but a defender was covering and deflected it wide.
Charlton’s defence was caught out 15 minutes into the clash by a quick Coventry throw which resulted in the deadlock being broken.
The deceptively speedy Gauntlett picked the ball up inside the area and, although PHSC plc’s Player of the Match Toni Alden headed the striker’s first effort off the line, she made no mistakes with the follow up.
Despite a sloppy first half performance, the Addicks were unfortunate to go into the interval a goal down as Emma Beckett’s 35-yard lob, having seen Wood off her line, struck the upright.
The second period started slowly but Charlton pushed for the equaliser, though to no avail. Beckett tried her luck from long range twice but never had Wood worried either time.
An Alden corner then found Kim Dixson at the far post but her shot flashed across the face of the goal and went wide.
Some good build-up play then led to makeshift right back Charley Clifford’s pin-point cross being headed agonisingly wide by skipper Dixson and, in stoppage time, Harley Bennett nodded Beckett’s corner past the wrong side of the far post.
Lynch made a good save from Courtney Sweetman-Kirk in between the Addicks last two chances but the hosts held out to gain their first points of the season.
Charlton: Lynch, Clifford, Alden, Duggan, Boyer, Bennett, Beckett, Dixson, Gibbons, Stenning (Manktelow 82), Bryan. Sub (not used): Sherwood.