Charlton 4-0 Chichester City Reserves
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 11:59PM BST, Sunday, 19 April 2015
Four goals from Kylie Manktelow fired the Charlton women’s reserve team to a title-clinching 4-0 victory over Chichester City at Sparrows Farm on Sunday.
The Addicks needed just a point to walk away as FA Women’s Premier League (FAWPL) South champions, and they got all three in emphatic style with an impressive performance, after a nervy start.
Manktelow came into the game four goals clear in the race for the FAWPL South golden boot and ended the day as top scorer-elect, stealing the show with some clinical finishing. Her tally now stands at 22goals in just 18 appearances.
Charlton took a while to settle and get to their free-flowing best, but still had plenty of early chances. Olivia Cole had the first, finding herself through on goal but shooting wide across the face.
Chichester’s forays forward were few and far between, but they carved out a few attempts, with Keegan Russell having to be alert to stop Rebekah Allen from taking advantage.
It was on 16 minutes that the deadlock was broken, when a searching through ball from Hope Nash looking for Sharna Giordani was put behind for a corner. The resulting set piece was whipped in with pace and Manktelow rose highest to glance a header into the far corner.
Manktelow was always in the thick of the attacking moves and, after a good ball out from Cole, Sophie Blowers’ cross was just behind the prolific striker and cleared.
Clare Rogers then did well to win possession before shooting wildly over, but it wasn’t long before Charlton had doubled their advantage 11 minutes before half time when Manktelow converted a Giordani centre.
Francesca Tye had the final attempt of the half but the Chichester keeper saw her 20-yard drive just wide.
The Addicks suffered an early blow when Cole was forced off with a nasty-looking injury and manager Warren Clarke brought Victoria Campbell into the fray.
And the replacement wasted little time, five minutes to be precise, making her presence known as she chased down a ball, nicked it off a defender and rolled across goal, where Manktelow slid home her hat trick goal.
Eight minutes later and the title was well and truly in Charlton’s possession when a through ball from midfield found Manktelow yet again and she made no mistakes, slotting into the far corner.
It could have been five shortly after when some good play saw Campbell slam a shot goalwards but Chichester’s custodian Sally Thompson did well to divert it onto the corner of post and crossbar.
Charlton pressed well into the match for a fifth and had plenty of opportunities during the final 10 minutes. Some good, patient build-up play allowed Tye the chance to run at the Chichester defence but her shot was saved.
Marauding full back Nash also went close after Manktelow had spread play to Giordani out wide. The winger did well to keep the ball in play and pull back for Nash, whose poked effort rolled agonisingly wide of the far post.
Campbell had a couple more good chances to get on the scoresheet, taking one too many touches when played through one-on-one and forcing Thompson into yet another good save after some good approach play involving Manktelow and Rogers.
In the end, the win was academic for Charlton, who wrap up the title with one game to play: an away game against CK Basildon that Clarke says his players can now enjoy.
Charlton: Baker; Houlihan, Nash, Richards, Russell; Giordani, Blowers, Rogers, Tye; Cole (Campbell 51), Manktelow.