Charlton 1-0 Colchester
Report by Sue Prior
Page last updated at 7:22AM UTC, Sunday, 27 March 2011
Sixteen year old Fliss Gibbons` first senior goal clinched 3 valuable points for the Addicks in an incident packed match at fourth placed Colchester.
Technical Director Paul Mortimer made just one change to the team that won at Keynsham last week recalling Stef Simmons at left-back.
On a difficult uneven surface it was the Addicks that set up the first chance as an early strike from Jenny Newman forced U`s keeper Nikita Runnacles to make a save.
Striker Gemma Bryan then forced a corner and from Stef Simmons flag kick Grace Coombs saw her goalbound header cleared off the line.
A driving from Bryan into the penalty area saw her pull the ball back to Kim Dixson whose first time volley went wide.
Colchester striker Helen Bass always looked a threat and she almost opened the scoring after Addicks skipper Katie Flack lost possession but keeper Megen Lynch came to her rescue saving with her feet before Bass fired the rebound wide.
Charlton pushed forward again and from Simmons cross Bryan headed narrowly wide.
After 32 minutes a well measured pass from Dixson picked out Gibbons on the left flank and the teenager cut inside her marker before firing a low shot into the far corner of the goal with her right foot to give the Addicks the lead.
Colchester struck back and a great run from Zoe Rushen through the heart of the Charlton defence finished with her firing her effort wide.
A hopeful long ball from a Colchester defender saw Addicks keeper Megen Lynch come out to claim the ball only to slip as she touched the ball away and bring U`s striker Bass crashing to the ground. Lynch was lucky to get away with just a yellow card but redeemed herself by saving the penalty from Bass before another Colchester player fired the rebound wide.
Early in the second half Bryan was tripped as she chased a through ball from Dixson. Grace Coombs sent in a well flighted free-kick but none of her team mates could take advantage.
After just 6 minutes of the second-half the Addicks lost midfielder Ellie Bailes to injury after the ball hit her full in the face from point-blank range. After treatment and a lengthy hold up the 16 year old was taken to hospital.
Charlton then won a number of corners but could not add to their score as Bryan fired wide and a glancing header from Gibbons also missed the target.
Addicks custodian Lynch then did well to tip wide a high teasing cross from Lily Mellors before a quick break from Gibbons set up Francesca Ali who saw her shot blocked.
In a scrappy nail biting last few minutes both sides had their chances but the Addicks held on for the 3 points which takes them up to fourth spot in the league with all still to play for.
Charlton Team: Lynch, Flack, Simmons, Dixson, Bailes (Ali 51mins), Chandler, Newman, Coombs, Gibbons, Bryan, Clifford
Subs not used: McRoberts, Rowland, Sherwood, Alden
Todays other results
Portsmouth 3-1 Gillingham
Keynsham 0-1 QPR
Yeovil 1-1 Cardiff City