Charlton 1-0 Lewes
Report by Sue Prior
Page last updated at 10:02PM GMT, Sunday, 13 March 2016
A superb Stef Simmons free-kick late in the game saw Charlton Women take the points in a hard fought game at Lewes on Sunday
With Katie Flack unwell and Sam Pittuck unavailable manager Jeremy Parsons brought in full-back Ruby Southgate and Stef Simmons dropped back into defence with Jenny Newman and Amy Howlett also starting.
At a bright and sunny but chilly Dripping Pan it was the home side who started brightly with Danielle Lane and Katie McIntyre firing in early efforts, the latter forcing Megen Lynch to make a comfortable save.
The Addicks first chance saw Gemma Shepherd latch onto a ball down the line from Southgate but her effort dipped well over the bar.
Lewes keeper Lauren Dolbear then bravely punched away a cross from Howlett and shortly after Howlett sent over an excellent low cross that Newman just failed to connect with at the far post.
A powerful long range shot on the turn from Kit Graham flew narrowly wide of the upright
Lewes forced a corner which was well punched away by Lynch before Rosie Paye gifted the ball to striker Paige Walder who saw Lynch tip her effort round the post. The resulting corner saw a Lewes attacker head over the bar.
The Addicks broke clear and a good effort from skipper Kim Dixson was well saved by Dolbear.
Lewes finished the half strongly with Walder firing over and Lewes forcing several corners which Lynch dealt with well.
After a poor first half performance Charlton started the 2nd half with more purpose as an early strike from Shepherd dipped over the crossbar.
A powerful long range strike from Charley Clifford followed which Dolbear did well to hold.
A superb cross field ball from Dixson sent Howlett clear but Dolbear came out to make a great save to deny the winger.
The Addicks continued to press for the break through and Shepherd sent another effort narrowly over the goal.
With 73 minutes gone Shepherd then broke clear through the heart of the Lewes defence and with only the keeper to beat was brought down just outside the area by the last defender. Amazingly the referee only brought out a yellow card. Stef Simmons stepped up to sent a superb free-kick arrowing into the bottom corner of the goal to break the deadlock.
Minutes later Clifford sent a 35 yard strike filing over the home crossbar.
Lewes sent on several substitutes late in the game as they chased an equaliser but the Addicks held firm for 3 valuable points that sees them close the gap on leaders Brighton to 6 points with 2 games in hand ... exciting times!!
Charlton: Lynch, Southgate, Paye, Coombs, Simmons, Clifford, Dixson, Newman (Whinnett 55mins), Howlett (75mins), Graham, Shepherd.
Lewes Reserves 1 Charlton Reserves 4
It was an Addicks double at the Dripping Pan on Sunday as the Reserves took on Lewes Reserves in the league on their new 3G pitch.
Centre-back Rosey Sullivan opened the scoring for Charlton firing home from a corner for her 3rd goal in three games since her comeback from injury. However Lewes levelled the score shortly before half-time.
Two early second half goals from Kylie Manktelow put the Addicks in control and Darcey Wells sealed victory with a fourth after 80 minutes.
Charlton: Baker, Pearch, Russell (Jeffkins 60mins), Sullivan, Bridges, Monaghan, Parsons, Lee, Giordani, Manktelow, Wells