Charlton 1-2 Ebbsfleet Reserves
Report by Warren Clarke
Page last updated at 3:34PM BST, Thursday, 24 October 2013
On a wet afternoon Charlton travelled to play Ebbsfleet Reserves only a fortnight from their previous match.
Injury and illness ravaged the Reds squad meaning they started with 10 players. Despite the numerical disadvantage the Development team started well creating a few early chances.
However disaster struck 20 minutes into the game as Amy Toon was on the receiving end of a rash tackle from behind which went unpunished forcing her to leave the field of play. With Charlton reduced to nine players Ebbsfleet tried to seize the moment piling on the pressure but left themselves exposed on the counter as defender Chana Hinds played a lofted pass over the centre backs to unleash Beth Rodger who finished expertly whilst under pressure (23 minutes).
With early signs of fatigue showing Ebbsfleet continued to push for an equaliser and were rewarded when The Reds failed to clear a free kick deep into the box and the striker struck the ball into the top right hand corner leaving keeper Fern Firkins no chance of saving it (30 minutes).
Toon then returned to the field of play to add some stability as the half ended without further incident.
The game resumed and bolstered by the fact of playing slightly downhill and with the wind The Addicks created a host of chances through Captain Rodger and debutant Tyra Poole, both were unable to convert.
But it was the hosts who took the lead after 55 minutes as the ball broke to their Player of the Match who dribbled past three players before sliding the ball into the bottom left corner.
Refusing to give up the visitors kept pushing for an equaliser which looked like it had arrived when striker Rodger broke into the box and was chopped by the defender, however the referee did not award a penalty.
The best chance fell again to Rodger as a slick through ball found her with only the keeper to beat but shot straight at the keeper, this was to be Charltons last chance as Ebbsfleet held on to the lead and claimed all three points.
"It`s disappointing to drop points however there are many positives to take on board as we look to bounce next week" said manager Warren Clarke.
Charlton: Ferkins, Rose, Giordani, Hewett-Brown, Hinds, Jade-Mitchell, Toon, Morrison, Poole, Rodger