Charlton 2-5 Tottenham Hotspur
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 9:55AM BST, Sunday, 07 September 2014
The Charlton women’s team suffered their first defeat of the campaign on Sunday, with a disjointed performance resulting in a 5-2 loss to Tottenham Hotspur at Ware FC.
Braces from Bianca Baptiste and Wendy Martin, and a strike from Avilla Bergin won the day for Spurs, with Kit Graham yet again on target twice for the visitors.
The Addicks were unchanged from their 5-0 victory over Queens park Rangers midweek, but that is where the similarities with that game stopped. Whereas Rangers stood off their opponents and allowed them to play, Spurs snapped into their challenges and forced mistakes all over the pitch.
The game started badly for Charlton, with a late tackle from Sam Pittuck giving Spurs a free kick on the edge of the area but, more worryingly, leaving the striker with a badly bruised cheekbone and forcing her from the field of play.
The resulting free kick from Jenna Schillaci flew narrowly over, as did a Lucia Padilla header from a dangerous corner. Padilla had an even better chance from a Baptiste cross but blazed well over from close range.
The first of the aforementioned Charlton mistakes resulted in the opening goal: from an Addicks’ corner, the ball was cleared back to Emma Harrison, whose slip allowed Baptiste a one-on-one chance with Megen Lynch. Although the keeper got a hand to the shot, it was not enough to divert it off target.
The deficit was just 1-0 at half time but, three minutes after the interval, that advantage was doubled when Martin, always a menace at set plays with her height, headed down to Bergin, who looped the ball into the top corner.
Charlton cut the lead down minutes later when Graham sprung the offside trap and beat goalkeeper Toni-Anne Wayne to the ball to prod home and the league’s top scorer had the ball in the net on the hour mark as well, but saw her effort ruled out for offside.
The woodwork then denied both teams, with Spurs seeing a Schillaci cross veers goalwards and cannon back off the crossbar; Padilla could not force the rebound on target.
Charlton defender Grace Coombs was desperately unlucky to see her thunderbolt from all of 40 yards crash against the bar, with Wayne well beaten.
Despite the Addicks having their best passage of the game, Tottenham restored their two-goal lead on 65 minutes, Martin heading home unmarked from a corner.
With the away side still not heeding that warning, Martin again headed a corner home, from the same spot, unmarked, with 10 minutes remaining.
Spurs grabbed their fifth and Baptiste her second four minutes later before Graham’s consolation took her tally in the FA Women’s Premier League South to eight goals in three matches.
It wasn’t enough, though, and Tottenham leapfrogged their opponents to go top of the league, with Charlton sitting in second position.
Charlton: Lynch, Southgate, Simmons (Singyard 67), Flack, Coombs, Clifford (Paye 73), Howlett, Harrison, Graham, Shepherd, Pittuck (Rogers 16).