Charlton 4-1 CK Basildon
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 9:39PM BST, Sunday, 24 September 2017
A thrilling encounter at Sporting Club Thamesmead on Sunday saw the Charlton women’s team defeat C&K Basildon 4-1, after each team missed a penalty apiece.
It was a pulsating encounter that was fairly comfortably settled through strikes from Kit Graham, Charlotte Gurr, Katie Flack and Emma Sherwood before Angela Addison pulled a consolation goal back for Basildon.
The win continues the women’s team’s 100% record and extends their lead at the top of the FA Women’s Premier League (FAWPL) South to five points.
Head coach Riteesh Mishra elected to pick an unchanged side from the one that thrashed West Ham 6-0 on Wednesday, with Charley Clifford making her 200th appearance for the women Addicks.
Basildon came out of the traps quickly as they tried to get an early foothold on the match. Rosey Sullivan, a rock at the back all afternoon, had to be at her best to thwart an early surge forward while Katie Startup saved April Bowers’ follow up. Some sloppy passing out of their defensive third let Zoe Rushen in shortly after, but Startup once again stood up and saved well.
But Charlton found their rhythm 10 minutes into the contest, Gurr whipping in an excellent cross that an unmarked Graham somehow could only head at Nikita Runnacles. Ellie Dorey was extremely unfortunate to see her superb long-range effort crash against the crossbar and fall to safety.
Startup then saved from Rushen from an Amy Nash free kick before Basildon saw a goal disallowed from the resulting corner after a foul on Charlton’s England under 19 international stopper. Charlton went straight down the other end and opened the scoring.
A cutting through ball from Gurr in midfield found Ellie Dorey out wide on the left. The winger cut in inside the box and saw her shot blocked but the ball popped up invitingly for Graham to nod home from five yards out.
Charlton’s front four had found their rhythm with Gurr and Graham going close. Basildon retained their threat, though, with Addison having a shot saved and Danica Revell shooting well wide from far out.
With five minutes of the first half remaining, the hosts doubled their advantage. Dorey found Gurr, who tried to square. Her ball was blocked but, again, the rebound fell kindly and she was on hand to slide home.
Graham almost had her second right from the restart, Runnacles saving, before a bit of a lull for Charlton saw the visitors pile on some pressure of their own. Sullivan again denied them, this time Addison, before Gurr slid in and fouled a Basildon player in the penalty area to give away a spot kick.
Rushen stepped up and fired straight down the middle, but Startup’s strong hand pushed the attempt from danger and Nash followed up to clear.
Clifford and Nash went close then, but it was defender Flack who made Basildon pay. Dorey passed to Graham who saw her shot hit the post. Flack followed up but her initial effort was saved; she was not to be denied a second time and stroked past Runnacles for three.
It was down to substitute Emma Sherwood to score her second goal in two matches, four minutes after taking to the field of play as the ball bounced loose in the penalty area and the former West Ham striker made no mistake.
It looked like that might have been it, but Basildon managed to reduce the advantage with 12 minutes left, Addison stooping low to head home from two yards.
The final action of the game saw Ruby Southgate, another substitute, fouled inside the area. She stepped up to take the spot kick. It was a very good penalty but Runnacles made an equally impressive save.
Charlton make the long trip to Wales to take on Cardiff next Sunday as they look to preserve their winning record.
Charlton: Startup, Flack, Brunton-Wilde, Dixson, Sullivan, Dorey, Clifford (Southgate 82), Gurr, Pepper, Graham (Sherwood 68), Nash. Subs (not used): Baker, Monaghan, Griffin.