Charlton 1-5 Coventry United
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 12:59PM BST, Monday, 26 September 2016
The Charlton women’s team saw their long unbeaten run of home matches without losing come to a crashing halt as Coventry United left Sporting Club Thamesmead with a 5-1 victory on Sunday.
Both sides were looking to protect near-perfect starts to the 2016/17 FA Women’s Premier League campaign – with draws against Crystal Palace the only blemishes on each side’s records before kick off.
Manager Jeremy Parsons made two changes to the Charlton team that had beaten Swindon Town last weekend, with Ruby Southgate and Kit Graham restored to the starting line up in place of Sam Pittuck and Rosey Sullivan.
And they got off to a dream start as Graham marked her return from injury by pouncing on a loose defensive pass to fire home from just inside the penalty area on 10 minutes.
But the visitors were back on level terms just six minutes later when Maz Gauntlett looped a strike over Alex Baker from just outside the area.
Gauntlett was denied 10 minutes later by Baker with a long-range effort before a couple of Charlton efforts were dealt with by Coventry goalkeeper Sue Wood.
On the half-hour mark, the visitors took the lead, with Alison Hall slotting home from a Laura Cooper corner as the match went into the interval finely balanced.
It didn’t stay that way for long, though, and the Midlands side doubled their advantage minutes into the second period as Hall turned provider to feed Amber Hughes, who in turn set Gauntlett up for her second of the day.
The match was put to bed thanks to two lapses in concentration in the hosts’ defence, as Gauntlett completed her hat trick on 67 minutes and Hall sealed their victory five minutes from time, tapping home from close range at the far post.
The loss for Charlton means they move down into third place, with Coventry leapfrogging them into second place. They will now travel to Thurrock FC on Sunday to face struggling West Ham United, looking to bounce back.
Charlton: Baker, Flack, Dixson, Paye, Coombs, Newman (Dunne 65), Clifford, Bergin, Baxter (Nash 57), Graham, Southgate. Sub (not used): Sullivan.