Charlton 3-0 West Ham Reserves
Report by Warren Clarke
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A brace from Fran Tye and a strike from Olivia Cole saw the Addicks complete the league double over League leaders West Ham
Charlton Athletic Women`s Reserve resumed league duty looking for a positive result after two consecutive cup defeats.Charlton`s visitors were table toppers West Ham as they were looking to extend their lead at the summit.
The game started at a blistering pace with the first chance coming on the third minute as Clare Rogers returning to the starting line up found Kim Dixson with a delightful cross as she brought the ball down it dropped just too far in front allowing the keeper to smother the ball. Kylie Manktelow then had an opportunity to give the hosts the lead as she rushed onto a through ball in a wide right position and shot aiming for the far post missing by a yard.
West Ham began to settle down and tried to create some chances of their own but were reduced to long range shots by some resilient defending by Sharna Giordani, Leigh Houlihan and Ruby Southgate.
The Addicks looked to have opened their account when Olive Cole delivered a ball into the box which Fran Tye failed to convert which sparked a goal line scramble as Manktelow was also unable to steer the ball past the West Ham defenders.
However the breakthrough came six minutes later as Sophie Blowers threaded a lovely through ball in Fran Tye who cut inside and drilled the ball low past the keeper (39mins). The half finished with neither team able to create any clear cut chances.
Charlton looked to double their lead early on as another Clare Rogers through ball found Tye on the 47th minute as she raced clear of the defence and with only the goal keeper to beat failed to do so.
Charlton were nearly made to rue their missed chances as The Hammers broke down the right hand side and looked to equalise as a fierce shot was unleashed but stopper Alex Baker parried the ball over the bar for a corner.
However the hosts doubled their lead on the 78th minute as Daisy Monaghan not only won a header in the middle on the pitch but flicked it in between the West Ham defence as Tye anticipated this and latched into the ball rounding the goalkeeper and squaring the ball for Cole to side foot into an empty net.
Daisy then helped put the game beyond the reach of The Irons three minutes later when she received the ball out wide and whipped in a cross for Fran Tye to control and slam into the bottom right corner making it 3-0.
West Ham continued to push for the elusive goal and despite some good passages of play were unable to break Charlton with the scores remaining the same as the referee blew for full time.
Manager Warren Clarke had this to say " I am very proud of the team today we produced a very professional display, playing attractive football and kept a clean sheet against the league leaders. This sends out a clear message of intent and we`ll be looking to continue this level of performance in the New Year".
Squad: Baker, Giordani, Houlihan, Southgate, Blowers (Richards 65), Barnett, Dixson, Rogers, Cole, Tye, Manktelow (Monaghan 65)
Player of The Match: Charlotte Barnett