Charlton 3-2 Lewes
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 8:27PM UTC, Sunday, 23 February 2014
A Sam Pittuck brace helped the Charlton women’s team to a 3-2 victory over Lewes Ladies at Sporting Club Thamesmead on Sunday in the FA Women’s Premier League Southern Division.
Strike partner Kit Graham opened the scoring in the first half but, with Charlton missing a number of chances to put the game to bed, Lewes captain Kelly Newton equalised early in the second period.
PHSC Player of the Match Pittuck, though, slammed home the Addicks’ second and tapped in the third to give them a two-goal cushion before Catherine O`Hagan pulled one back from the penalty spot in the dying minutes.
The win sees Charlton leapfrog their opponents and their Sussex rivals Brighton and Hove Albion into fifth place in the table.
The home side had by far the better chances, with the first coming from a long range Grace Coombs effort that was easily saved by goalkeeper Michelle Beazley.
Then an excellent long through ball from defence saw Emma Harrison take the ball round Beazley but just overrun it and the winger’s shot from an acute angle trickled wide.
Charlton’s approach play was impressive throughout, working the ball out of defence and through the midfield. With 25 minutes played, this build-up play resulted in Graham turning her defender and linking up with Gemma Hyland but the shot across goal was off target.
Lewes had a couple of opportunities on the break, with Megen Lynch acrobatically tipping a Kelly McCullock shot over the bar. Moments later a loose backpass from Stef Simmons should have culminated in a goal but Payne shot wide of the near post.
And Lewes were to regret that just two minutes later as Simmons atoned for her error by swinging an excellent free kick into the box. Graham rose highest to head goalwards only to see a visitor head off the line but, when the ball rebounded out, she was quickest to react and poked in off the post.
The Addicks tried to press home their advantage after the interval and dominated the opening ten minutes. Graham headed on a clearance to put Pittuck one-on-one with Beazley but the shot went wide.
The impressive Graham looked like she had her second of the game when a curler was fumbled goalwards by Beazley but the keeper just recovered in time to stop the ball crossing the line. And she saw a half-volley fly narrowly over minutes later.
However, with the hosts in the ascendency, Lewes hit them against the run of play to put the sides on even footing. Centre back Rosie Paye tried to see the ball out for a goal kick but Catherine O’Hagan pressured and won possession back before centring for Newton to tap home.
With 20 minutes remaining, though, Charlton’s advantage was restored when Paye’s ball over the top of defence was spectacularly volleyed into the roof of the net by Pittuck.
It was from another long clearance with 13 minutes left on the clock that Charlton’s third came. Keeper Lynch’s goal kick found Harrison on the right wing and she squared for Pittuck to tap home her second of the day.
With time running out, Paye was harshly penalised for handball in the area, when the ball appeared to accidentally brush her shoulder, and O`Hagan converted to put Lewes back within a goal but there wasn’t long until the referee brought the game to an end.
Charlton: Lynch, Houlihan (Hardaker 69), Simmons, Paye, Flack, Coombs (Singyard 63), Clifford, Hyland, Harrison (Ibrahim 84), Graham, Pittuck.