Charlton 3-0 Coventry United
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 9:55PM BST, Sunday, 22 April 2018
The Charlton women’s team eased to an impressive 3-0 away victory against title rivals Coventry United at Butts Park Arena on Sunday.
Kit Graham struck twice, either side of half time, and Hope Nash put the gloss on the scoreline with a fine late strike to leave Charlton needing four wins from their remaining five matches to wrap up the FA Women’s Premier League South title.
Head coach Riteesh Mishra made one change to the side that had scraped past Portsmouth last weekend, with Nash replacing Jess Carpanini on the left wing.
It was an unsurprisingly cagey game in parts, with both sides cancelling each other out in the early stages.
Graham won a corner in the 24th minute. Nicole Pepper swung in a deep set piece towards the far post and Graham was on hand to head past Sue Wood to open the scoring.
Coventry had a few chances, but Katie Startup was equal to everything they sent goalwards; Graham driving forwards was Charlton’s main outlet in the first period, driving forward and shooting over the bar.
Nine minutes after the break, Graham doubled her and her side’s tally, after a Pepper cross was headed down for the prolific striker to slam home.
Shortly after, Graham had a great chance for her hat trick as she raced clear of the Coventry defence and found herself one-on-one with the last remaining defender, but the ball eventually ran away from her on what was an awful pitch.
A number of stoppages meant we played well over 10 minutes added time, with Harley Bennett and Alison Hall clashing heads in a challenge.
The game was put beyond doubt nine minutes before the end of normal time when Graham received the ball on the left flank and floated in an excellent cross that found Nash, who powered into the far corner.
Charlton: Startup, Lukasewich, Coombs, Clifford, Churchill, Pittuck, Pepper, Graham, Bennett (Dixson 90), Nash (Brunton-Wilde 90), Griffin (Gurr 77).