Charlton 3-0 Swindon Town
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 12:17AM BST, Monday, 19 September 2016
The Charlton women’s team bounced back to form to complete an early-season double over Swindon Town Ladies, winning 3-0 at Shrivenham Town FC on Sunday.
The Addicks had tamely thrown away a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Crystal Palace on Wednesday night to slip to second place in the table.
But a brace from Jenny Newman and one for Avilla Bergin banished that result and returned the south-east Londoners back to winning ways.
There were three changes made by the management team of Jeremy Parsons and Riteesh Mishra, two of which were enforced. Strikers Kit Graham and Gemma Shepherd and right back Ruby Southgate were replaced by Sam Pittuck, Ellie Baxter and Rosie Paye.
And they were straight onto the front foot, with Pittuck shooting wide a couple of times, either side of a long-range Chyna Collings effort which was comfortably gathered by goalkeeper Alex Baker.
Charlton opened the scoring on 12 minutes when Paye put in a towering cross from just in the Swindon half. The ball caused Swindon custodian Robyn Levett problems and she could only flap it backwards into the path of Newman, who bundled it over the line under pressure from a defender.
And the visitors had to wait only six more minutes to double their advantage, with Bergin firing over Levett and into the top corner from 25 yards out.
Charlton would go agonisingly close to stamping their dominance on the first half just after the half an hour mark when Rosey Sullivan powered a header goalwards. It looked suspiciously like a Swindon defender deflected the effort with her arm and the ball cannoned back off the crossbar and back into play, where it rebounded to Sullivan for a second bite, but the centre back fired just over.
The hosts’ best chance of the opening 45 minutes came just before half time when Abbie Picton was unmarked at the back post, but she could only head across the goal and allow Grace Coombs to clear.
One chance for each side got the second period underway, with Swindon captain Michelle Rich seeing her long-range free kick saved by Baker and Bergin’s one-on-one effort parried to safety by Levett.
Kim Dixson and Pittuck then both shot the wrong side of the upright before Charley Clifford improvised cleverly and flicked a cross goalwards but was thwarted by Levett once more.
Just seconds later, though, with 15 minutes remaining, Charlton bagged a deserved third goal when Pittuck put pressure on Levett from another high cross and the Town stopper flapped once more. The ball, yet again, fell kindly for Newman, whose thunderbolt of a shot from 15 yards out arrowed into the top corner.
Former London Bees player Giorgia Dunne came on as a substitute and was unfortunate not to mark her Charlton debut with a goal, seeing her shot saved well by Levett.
The last action of the match saw Clifford shoot over but it was a comfortable away day for the Addicks as they cruised to a second win over Swindon after their 4-0 victory on the opening day of the season.
Charlton’s next match will represent their biggest challenge yet, as they host Coventry United – who impressed with an 8-1 win over Portsmouth at the weekend - on Sunday 25 September (2pm kick off).
Charlton: Baker, Flack, Dixson, Paye, Coombs, Newman, Clifford, Pittuck, Bergin (Southgate 79), Baxter (Dunne 77), Sullivan. Sub (not used): Graham.