Charlton 2-1 Lewes
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 10:30PM BST, Sunday, 19 October 2014
A late Sam Pittuck winner took the Charlton womenís teamís winning run to five matches as they defeated Lewes Ladies 2-1 at The Dripping Pan on Sunday.
After a first half bereft of excitement, the contest burst into life after the interval when PHSC Player of the Match Charley Clifford conjured up a moment of magic out of nothing.
Lewes looked to have stolen a point when Clifford handled on the line and Ashleigh Goddard converted the spot kick with three minutes remaining but Pittuck was on hand to win the game in stoppage time.
Charlton made one change from their 7-0 win over Norton last weekend, with Olivia Cole replacing the injured Gemma Shepherd.
The game was fiercely contested from the start, but there were few chances in the first period. The south-east Londoners had the best of the half after a poor clearance from a Lewes defender.
The ball fell to Pittuck but goalkeeper Michelle Beazley foiled her attempt. She was straight back up, though, to cross for Emma Harrison, whose first-time volley thumped against the crossbar and Cole’s follow up was off target.
Lewes’s only real chance of the first 45 came shortly before half time when Katie McIntyre curled an effort that grazed the top of the net.
After the break, the game looked to be a similar story, until the deadlock was broken when Clifford picked the ball up 35 yards out. Seeing Beazley slightly off her line, the former England under 19 international unleashed a powerful effort that flew over the stranded keeper and in off the underside of the crossbar.
Kit Graham almost carried on her sensational scoring form, latching onto a Pittuck through ball, but her poked effort drifted agonisingly wide of the far post.
However, with just minutes left on the clock, the hosts won a corner and saw their goalbound shot cleared off the line by Clifford’s hand. The assistant referee flagged for the spot kick, with the officials deciding not to award Clifford a card and Goddard dispatched emphatically.
In a game that saw five yellow cards dished out, there were around eight minutes of added time played, allowing a frenzied finish to the clash.
And Charlton saved their best football for that period, linking up well with some flowing football. The ball found its way to Pittuck one-on-one with Beazley. The striker’s first touch looked to be too heavy but she recovered to clip the ball over the onrushing stopper and in.
The visitors saw out the game comfortably in the end and moved up to third place in the FA Women’s Premier League South table, just one point off league leaders Cardiff and second placed Portsmouth.
Charlton: Lynch, Southgate, Simmons, Flack, Coombs, Clifford, Howlett, Harrison (Hardaker 70), Graham, Cole (Kristina Manktelow 87), Pittuck.
Sub Unused: Paye