Charlton 1-0 Faversham
Report by Warren Clarke
Page last updated at 10:44PM UTC, Monday, 23 September 2013
A goal from Jusara Fernando clinched victory for the Development Team in their first away league match
Charlton travelled to Faversham determined to claim 3 points. However facing a numerical disadvantage due to injuries and unavailability the 10 players did not let this phase them as they started strongly carving out some early opportunities with Isabel Hunter linking well with midfield due Beth Rodger and Gemma Hyland.
The reds continued to apply pressure with some slick passing building from the back but despite Hylands cutting through balls no breakthrough was found after some smart saves from the opposition Goalkeeper.
Momentum began to shift in favour of the home side as they found their rhythm and created the best chances of the game.
Firstly when Charlton failed to clear a cross from the right hand side only for Faversham`s striker to blaze over from 8 yards out.
The second chance was a long range shot that narrowly missed the target.
Things looked to be getting worse for The Addicks as winger Amy Toon picked up a foot injury after 32 minutes but thanks to some resolute defending from the back line they managed to see out the half in which the home side finished strongest.
Charlton started the second half rejuvenated with player of the match Gemma Hyland pulling the strings from centre midfield unleashing Jusara Fernando and Hunter with one on ones but unable to beat the keeper.
On the 55th minute Toon made a powerful run along the left wing which was met with a tough challenge forcing her to withdraw from the game.
Playing with 9 the away side finally got their breakthrough as centre backs Keira Hewett-Brown and Jessica Oldfield dominated again to supply the ever present Hyland who in turn dispatched an inch perfect through ball which saw Fernando time her run superbly beating the offside trap and dinking the ball over the on rushing goalie sparking scenes of joy.
The hosts intent on spoiling the party began stringing passing together as fatigue set in for the visitors and threatened on numerous occasions the best chance coming from a low drive that was expertly tipped round the outside of the post by debutant Fern Firkins.
Charlton were forced to catch Faversham on the counter as they absorbed pressure with chances coming from a powerful 25 yard strike from Hewett-Brown and Isabel shot wide from 18 yards.
Sensing the danger Amy Toon then returned to the field to steady the ship. This looked to have an immediate impact as Captain Rodger was well positioned to break up a Faversham attack with the ball breaking to centre midfield partner Hyland who then starting a buccaneering run from the edge of her 18 yard box through the last line of defenders to penetrate the offside and into the opposite penalty box only to shoot at the keeper.
The game maintained its end to end finish until the final whistle with The Reds holding on to their slender lead claiming all three points much to delight of manager Warren Clarke who had this to say "The team showed skill, commitment and above all the desire to work hard for each other and fully deserve to walk away with their heads held high and three points".
The development team have not got a fixture this weekend (29th September) but are back in action at home against Ebsfleet Reserves on Sunday 6th October.
Firkins, Hinds, Hewett-Brown, Oldfield, Jade-Mitchell, Toon, Rodgers (captain), Hyland, Fernando, Hunter