Charlton 4-0 Chichester City Reserves
Report by Warren Clarke
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A brace from Francesca Tye, a `Worldie` from Olivia Cole and another goal from Kylie Manktelow saw the Reserves to victory at Chichester
Charlton Reserves made the long trip to Chichester in the hope to return with three points as they pursue league leaders Brighton & Hove Albion.
The previous encounter was in the League Cup where The Addicks ran out 6-0 winners however Chichester were in no mood for a repeat scoreline as Charlton dominated possession but Chichester had the edge territorially.
Despite some slick passing moves Charlton were unable to breakdown a well organised Chichester who looked to play on the counter attack. This nearly paid dividends on numerous occasions as they intercepted the ball and broke with speed, however if not for some wasteful finishing and good saves from Alex Baker the host could have been ahead before Charlton took an undeserved lead.
Despite scoring against the run of play on the 37th minute the strike itself was a moment of magic produced out of nothing as Olivia Cole received the ball 25 yards out under pressure with her back to goal feinted to the her right then turned left creating half a yard of space and let fly with a sublime right footed shot which curled round the keeper who had dived at full length and into the top corner.
This rocked the hosts as Charlton failed to double their lead in the moments that proceeded the goal before Chichester finally steadied themselves after five minutes to resume their organised approach for the remainder of the half.
The second half saw the introduction of Francesca Tye who replaced Victoria Campbell as the impact was almost immediate as some near link up play enabled Charlton to get behind the Chichester defence only for the shot to be blocked. With everything to play for Chichester created a chance of their own as they attacked down the right flank to deliver a dangerous cross which was cleared for a corner. The resulting corner was duly cleared as Charlton began to find their passing groove in the second half.
This was evident by the goal scored on the 53rd minute as the midfield linked well to combine with Kylie Manktelow as she played a defence splitting through ball to Francesca Tye as she latched onto it and lifted the ball over the onrushing keeper to then cooly slide the ball into the bottom right corner.
Keegan Russell made her debut as she replaced Daisy Monaghan on the 61st minute and was called into action as she cut out a dangerous through ball allowing Tye to score her second of the game as the midfield where able to build possession and play an aerial ball which Tye headed past the defenders into space and drove the ball low past the keeper making it 0-3.
Suffering from the disappointment of conceding in quick succession Chichester then suffered another blow as Manktelow completed the scoring after the Chichester misjudged the bounce from a Sophie Blowers cross to convert from close with a neat and controlled finish on the 70th minute.
The hosts continued to push for the elusive goal but still managed to create a couple of good chances however failed to convert as the match finished 0-4 moving The Reds three points behind Brighton with three games in hand.
"The team performance for the most part was pleasing but we realise that the outcome could have been different had Chichester taken their chances. So we must show better focus if we are to control games in a more dominate manner" commented manager Warren Clarke.
Squad: Baker, Nash, Richards, Houlihan, Blowers, Monaghan (Russell 61), Barnett, Rogers, Campbell (Tye 46), Cole, Manktelow
Unused Sub: Mulholland
Player of The Match: Francesca Tye