Charlton 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 10:37PM BST, Monday, 09 September 2013
Super sub Emma Harrison rescued a point for the Charlton women’s team in a rollercoaster 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur at Ware FC on Sunday.
After the third goalless first half in a row for the Addicks, they took the lead with 67 minutes gone thanks to a Stef Simmons cross that flew over Spurs goalkeeper Jo Ayre and in.
However, with shades of last weekend’s loss to Lewes, the hosts came back as Wendy Martin struck first and then Rosie Kmita rounded Megen Lynch to give them the lead with just three minutes left.
The drama was not over, though, as Charlton kept pressing and, four minutes into injury time, skipper Kim Dixson’s through ball found Harrison clean through and coolly slotted past Ayre to level.
With a number of players out through unavailability and injury, there were a few changes to Stuart Weston’s side but they still started strongly, creating a host of early chances.
Jenny Newman and Kristina Manktelow had the first two chances but both shot straight at Ayre when they should have done better.
Some nice interplay between PHSC plc Player of the Match Newman, Kit Graham and Simmons saw the latter fire in a low cross that Kylie Manktelow surged onto but the winger could only steer it wide.
After surviving Charlton’s early pressure, Tottenham, cheered on by a bumper crowd, also had a couple of decent opportunities.
First Kmita headed a Bianca Baptiste cross wide before Andra Marlog was played through one-on-one with Lynch and got a toe to the ball but saw it trickle just wide of the post.
The Addicks kept up their dominance into the second half, although the home side had the first chance of the period when Baptiste shot just over the crossbar.
Simmons and Katie Hardaker were both unlucky to see their curled efforts fly off target, while Dixson saw her long range effort easily saved by Ayre.
But they didn’t have to wait too long to break the deadlock, if it was in slightly fortuitous fashion. Simmons picked the ball up on the left and swung a ball into the penalty area that veered goalwards and beat Ayre, settling in the top corner.
Charlton failed to capitalise, though, and, for the second game running, managed to throw away their lead despite looking in control.
With 15 minutes left on the clock, Hardaker gave away a free kick just outside the area and Megen Lynch pushed Millwall loanee Joanne Woodgate’s set piece onto the crossbar. It was Martin who reacted quickest, though, and her follow up beat Charlton’s custodian and levelled the contest.
And Spurs’ comeback was completed when Kmita latched onto a ball through and rounded the onrushing Lynch to slot home.
But, with the final kick of an enthralling encounter, Harrison, just as she did against her former side West Ham on the opening day of the season, saved the day.
The point means Charlton move up one place to sixth in the FA Women’s Premier League Southern Division – and are one of seven teams on four points.
Charlton: Lynch, Flack, Simmons, Paye, Butler, Dixson, Hardaker (Tye 78), Kristina Manktelow, Kylie Manktelow (Harrison 66), Graham, Newman. Subs (not used): Southgate, Cole.