Charlton 2-0 CK Basildon
Report by Sue Prior
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Two late Gemma Shepherd goals saw the Addicks to their third pre-season victory on Wednesday evening
Following the exertions of their recent Portugal pre-season training camp it was a flat and dis-jointed performance from the Addicks against a useful Basildon team who play a division below in the FA Women`s Premier League South-East Division 1.
The first good chance of the game came Charlton`s way when Sam Pittuck set up Clare Rogers who fired wide of the target.
An excellent cross from Pittuck then flew across the face of the goal with none of her team mates able to apply the finishing touch.
Gemma Hyland then won possession in midfield and fed the ball through to Gemma Shepherd who sent an effort from the edge of the area flying over the crossbar.
Shortly before the break Carly Eagles fouled Hyland and from Charley Clifford`s free-kick Kit Graham fired high over the goal.
The first action of the second half saw a driven ball into the penalty area from full-back Hope Nash find left-back Alice Singyard who pulled her effort wide of the far post.
An excellent run and cross from Graham then just evaded the outstretched boot of Shepherd.
A quick break from Basildon then saw their centre-forward break clear through the Charlton defence only to be foiled by keeper Alex Baker who made a superb point blank save.
Basildon then pressed forward again and Baker was again in action tipping away a teasing cross.
Charlton hit back as Clifford picked out Graham who volleyed narrowly wide.
The Basildon keeper then comfortably saved a 25 yard effort from Clifford.
With 5 minutes remaining the Addicks finally broke the deadlock as Shepherd raced on to a through ball, beat a defender, rounded the keeper and slotted the ball into the empty net.
In 89th minute Shepherd added her second, firing home from 6 yards after Graham had squared the ball.
Charlton Team:- Lynch, Southgate, Paye, Coombs, Hardaker, Rogers, Clifford, Graham, Hyland, Pittuck, Shepherd
Subs: Baker, Nash, Harrison, Singyard, Tye, Cole.