Charlton 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 8:03PM UTC, Sunday, 12 March 2017
The Charlton women’s team lost more ground in the race for the FA Women’s Premier League South title after going down to a solitary Wendy Martin strike against Tottenham at Sporting Club Thamesmead on Sunday.
It was a cagey game throughout, with not many chances for either side, with the winning goal coming just after the half an hour mark.
First team coach Riteesh Mishra made one change from the team that beat Blackburn Rovers last Sunday, with the injured Gemma Shepherd replaced by match winner Stef Simmons.
Charlton had the first chance of the game when Kim Dixson looped an effort narrowly over from 20 yards out but, in truth, the Addicks struggled to create anything in the first 45.
Spurs’ high-tempo pressing game stifled the hosts and the visitors had most of the play – and chances, although they still created little clear cut.
One dangerous counter attack saw Bianca Baptiste in the clear but her ball out to Lucia Leon on the right wing but it was too heavy and trickled out of play.
Their first chance of the match came from a cross from the left, with Alex Baker fumbling under pressure but Katie Flack doing well to block the shot that eventually went out for a goal kick.
Leon looked dangerous throughout from right wing back and struck the outside of the post after jinking past a couple of defenders a couple of minutes later.
The deadlock was broken on 32 minutes when Nikita Whinnett’s cross found its way to the far side of the penalty area where Baptiste saw her shot saved by Baker, but Martin was alert to the rebound and slammed home from 10 yards out.
The home side were improved in the second period, with Avilla Bergin getting in behind the Spurs defence 10 minutes in before being crowded out, pulling back for Katie Bottom to shoot well wide.
Spurs hit back, though, with Whinnett lobbing onto the roof of the net from the edge of the area and Flack blocking a Baptiste shot, only to see it loop goalwards for Baker to pat off the line.
Baker made an excellent stop from Baptiste with eight minutes remaining as she was through on goal, standing up and thwarting with her feet.
Charlton were unlucky not to find the equaliser from a Bergin corner. The ball fell for centre back Rosey Sullivan, who took a touch and blasted against the crossbar.
That was about it from the hosts, though, with Baker making another good save, this time from substitute Kelley Blanchflower late on.
Charlton: Baker, Flack, Simmons (Lee 51), Dixson, Sullivan, Coombs, Clifford (Pepper 68), Bergin, Graham, Bottom, Southgate. Subs (not used): Nash, Joyce, Monaghan.