Charlton 10-0 Harlow Town (Ryman Cup)
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 2:24PM GMT, Wednesday, 25 November 2015
The Charlton women’s team defeated a resilient Harlow Town side 10-0 at Harlow Arena on Tuesday evening to book their place in the Ryman Women’s Cup semi-finals.
Kit Graham struck a hat trick and Nikita Whinnett a brace, with five others, Jenny Newman, Charley Clifford, Kim Dixson, Amy Howlett and Lauren Parsons, all bagging one apiece.
Despite the scoreline, Harlow, who ply their trade in the lowest tier of women’s football, put in a creditable performance, with the majority of their side still in their teens.
Indeed, it took the Addicks 23 minutes to get themselves into the lead, although they had a plethora of chances before that but were thwarted by some excellent goalkeeping from the Essex side’s keeper Sarah Walker.
Walker had already foiled Newman and Graham in one-on-one chances, while that duo, along with Clifford and Whinnett, had efforts that strayed narrowly off target.
It was Graham who broke the deadlock on 23 minutes with a fine close-range volley from Whinnett’s right-wing cross.
Walker was called into action shortly after to again deny Newman but, just past the half-hour mark, Whinnett added her double within three minutes of each other. First some neat passing set her free and the winger lashed home, before turning her marker and firing past Walker from close range.
Walker’s best stop of the day came from a long-range Dixson strike before she also parried a Graham effort around the post. However, Charlton would go into the interval four goals to the good when Newman laid the ball back to Graham and the striker slammed home comprehensively.
Six minutes into the second half left back Katie Flack ventured forward and won a free kick just outside the Harlow penalty area that Clifford curled into the top corner, leaving Walker rooted to her spot.
After numerous attempts that fell agonisingly short, Newman finally got herself on the scoresheet after some good work from Graham, who unselfishly squared to her strike partner to tap home.
Dixson made it seven with eight minutes remaining, firing home from 25 yards out after being given far too much time to pick her spot before a devastating three minute spell that yielded three more goals ended the contest.
In the 87th minute Rosie Paye curled an effort goalwards that Walker spilled into substitute Lauren Parsons’ path and the 16-year-old substitute buried, marking her first ever goal for the first team.
It was left to fellow sub Howlett and Graham to wrap up proceedings in the two minutes following.
Charlton advance into the semi finals of a competition they are defending, where they will go into the hat with last season’s runners up Tottenham Hotspur, who on Wednesday defeated Gilllingham 5-3.
The other two teams are West Ham United, who Charlton have already beaten 8-1 this term, and Kent side Herne Bay.
Charlton: Lynch, Flack (Howlett 57), Dixson, Paye, Coombs, Newman (Wells 68) , Clifford (Parsons 68), Baxter, Graham, Whinnett, Southgate. Sub (not used): Simmons.