Charlton 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 7:14PM GMT, Sunday, 18 November 2018
The Charlton Women fell to a narrow 1-0 loss against FA Women’s Championship leaders Tottenham Hotspur at Theobalds Lane on Sunday.
A solitary strike from the impressive Jessica Naz sealed all three points for the North Londoners, as the Addicks slipped to just their second reverse of the campaign.
It was an even first half, with Lily Agg having the first sight of goal, turning her defender well before sending a shot just wide of the post from 30 yards.
Spurs hit back with an early chance of their own as Josie Green dragged a long-range effort of her own well wide.
Chances were at a premium, as both sides generally defended solidly. But it was a mistake in the back four that allowed the hosts to take the lead on 24 minutes.
Harley Bennett received a short goal kick but dallied on the ball for too long as Naz nicked the ball off her feet, rounded Startup and slid the ball into an unguarded net.
Startup then made an excellent double stop, flying across her goal to deny a Spurs player a long range shot. The resulting corner ended up in a header on goal, but again Startup was equal and tipped the ball to safety.
Agg, ploughing a lone furrow up top, had a few attempts to get in behind the Tottenham defence, but chances were few and far between for the Addicks.
Angela Addison and Green had late efforts to double their sides’ advantage, but the difference between the two sides stayed at one goal at the break.
Charlton tried to find a way back into the tie immediately after the restart, again with Agg testing keeper Morgan from long range.
The beginning of the second half was end to end. Naz did well to turn Coombs before the ball fell to Sarah Wiltshire, whose shot cannoned back off the bar. Charlton went straight down the other end and Liz Ejupi saw her tame effort saved by Morgan.
But, again, chances were hard to come by, with Startup saving well from sub Bianca Baptiste and Agg shooting wide from range.
In the end, Tottenham were fairly comfortable in holding on towards full time, as Charlton slipped to their second loss of the season, both coming against the two teams at the head of the Championship.
Next up is a South East London derby against Crystal Palace at The Oakwood on Sunday, 25th November at 2pm.
Charlton: Startup, Kerr, Ritchie, Coombs, Gurr (Clifford 61), Stobbs, Bennett, Agg, Churchill (Bowers 21), Maple (Griffin 78), Ejupi.
Sub (not used): Bailes.
Yellow cards: Charlotte Kerr, April Bowers.