Charlton 2-0 Coventry United
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 11:20PM GMT, Sunday, 05 November 2017
The Charlton women’s team bounced back to winning ways with an impressive 2-0 victory against Coventry United in the FA Women’s Premier League South at Sporting Club Thamesmead on Sunday.
After two league losses on the spin, the women’s team faced a tricky encounter against the Midlands side, who had won their previous four matches. But a tight defensive display secured a clean sheet and first half goals from Charlotte Gurr and Kit Graham ensured they went home with three points.
Head coach Riteesh Mishra made a trio of changes from the Basildon match last weekend, with Ruby Southgate, Hannah Churchill and Charlotte Lee replacing Katie Flack, Nicole Pepper and Flo Jackson.
A couple of early chances for both sides saw keepers Katie Startup and Susan Wood make smart stops but, as expected, it was a cagey affair to start with few chances of note in the first 20 minutes.
And it was on that 20 minute mark that the Addicks opened the scoring when the ball found its way to Graham on the edge of the area. The striker used her strength well to shake off a defender and crossed for Charlotte Lee, who sent a ball back into the danger area for Gurr to head over Wood and in.
Both keepers were in decent form throughout, with Wood keeping Graham and Lee at bay and Startup foiling Alex Buck. Graham also saw a volley blocked for a corner.
Charlton doubled their advantage 90 seconds into added on time – and it turned out to be the final passage of play in the first period. Graham collected the ball and slid it past Wood and in.
Graham then had three chances, the first a powerful free kick from 20 yards out that was well held by Wood. She then snatched at a shot when one-on-one with Wood and saw it drift wide.
Brook looked certain to have pulled a goal back, but her long range shot flew narrowly wide. While Coventry had a lot of possession in the Charlton half, they failed to fashion too many chances and, again, it was Wood who was called upon to halt Graham.
The visitors’ best chance came with a minute of normal time to play when a cross found sub Keeley Davies unmarked on the penalty sport, but Startup stretched to make a stunning save, pushing it round the post for a corner.
In the end it was Charlton who took the spoils to maintain their four point lead at the top of the table over Lewes in second place, who they travel to next weekend.
Charlton: Startup, Brunton-Wilde, Dixson, Coombs, Clifford, Gurr, Lee, Graham, Churchill (Flack 75), Nash, Southgate. Subs (not used): Pepper, Griffin, Monaghan, Jackson.