Charlton 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Report by Sue Prior
Page last updated at 12:44AM UTC, Thursday, 27 March 2014
The Addicks moved within 3 points of the top of the league with a victory against North London rivals Tottenham on Wednesday night
With three players unavailable on the night, Manager Stuart Weston shuffled his line-up with Ruby Southgate coming in at right-back, Grace Coombs switching to centre-back, Francesca Tye coming into midfield and Emma Harrison returning from injury.
In front of a good sized crowd at Sporting Club Thamesmead it was the Addicks who created the first chance following a foul on Tye. Charley Clifford`s 30 yard free kick was cleared for a corner which came to nothing.
A well-weighted through ball was then chased by Sam Pittuck who was foiled by a brave smothering save from Tottenham keeper Chloe Morgan.
Another Charlton attack then culminated in Alice Singyard`s curling effort being well claimed by keeper Morgan.
Kit Graham then sent across a sumptuous cross from the left flank, only for Pittuck to fire wide when she had time to spare.
A quick break from Tottenham saw their danger player Bianca Baptiste send over a menacing cross that eluded all her team mates.
Shortly after, Tottenham`s Andra Marcoci fired in a low long range effort that was comfortably held by Addicks custodian Megen Lynch.
Tottenham were enjoying a good spell of pressure and Coombs deflected a shot from Baptiste over her own crossbar.
Charlton hit back and a cross from Singyard was fumbled and saved at the second attempt by keeper Morgan.
A mistake at the heart of the Addicks defence gifted possession to a Tottenham forward but keeper Lynch was on her toes and pushed the ball away for a corner which she then went on and confidently claimed.
Baptiste continued to threaten down the right flank and fired powerfully just wide of the upright.
The final action of the half saw Kit Graham head narrowly wide from Coombs` free-kick following a foul on Harrison.
The second half started with Singyard sending a powerful drive narrowly wide and minutes later Graham did the same.
In 55 minutes Charlton netted the only goal of the game as Grace Coombs` free-kick was parried by keeper Morgan and PHSC Player of the Match Francesca Tye stabbed home the ball from six yards.
Graham, who was controlling much of the play, then sent Pittuck clear but the striker was thwarted by a superb last ditch tackle from a Tottenham defender.
Charlton then forced several corners which came to nothing before Tottenham broke and won a corner which again was well claimed by keeper Lynch.
Pittuck then won possession only to see her goalbound effort tipped wide by Morgan.
Left-back Stef Simmons was then caught napping on the ball by Baptiste who forced Lynch to make a fine save, with Coombs clearing the danger.
Minutes later Baptiste again tested Lynch who confidently claimed her cross.
An inch perfect crossfield ball from Graham then picked out Harrison but a Tottenham defender came in with a great tackle to save the day.
It was end-to-end stuff in the latter stages as both teams tired and a couple of quick Tottenham breaks were thwarted by a great saving tackles from Coombs and substitute Kylie Manktelow.
Graham then had the chance to put the result beyond doubt but her powerful effort cannoned off keeper Morgan`s legs.
In injury time Tottenham won a free-kick on the edge of the area and, as Addicks fans chewed their fingernails, keeper Lynch athletically tipped Kate O`Leary`s free-kick over the bar.
The final action of the game saw Graham break clear only to be sent crashing by a Tottenham defender who was lucky to escape with just a yellow card. Charley Clifford`s low free-kick going inches wide of the foot of the post.
The win sees the Addicks close the gap on the teams at the top of the table and sets things up nicely for Sunday`s home match with 4th placed Portsmouth who are level on points.
Charlton: Lynch, Southgate, Flack, Coombs, Simmons (Cole 86mins), Clifford, Tye, Harrison, Singyard (Kylie Manktelow 75mins), Graham, Pittuck
Subs not used: Baker, Ibrahim