Charlton 5-0 West Ham
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 9:25PM GMT, Sunday, 29 January 2017
The Charlton women’s team made it two 5-0 wins out of two matches in 2017, with a thrashing of basement side West Ham United at Sporting Club Thamesmead on Sunday.
Midfielder Charley Clifford continued her fine goalscoring form with a brace, while Ruby Southgate scored from the spot before Kit Graham and Bupe Okeowo made sure of all three points for Charlton.
The win moves the Addicks into second position in the FA Women’s Premier League South, albeit having played at least two games more than their nearest challengers.
First team coach Riteesh Mishra named an unchanged side after their FA Cup rout of Portsmouth at The Valley at the beginning of the month, with Gemma Shepherd and Stef Simmons making returns to the bench after injury.
It was a challenging first half for Charlton, though, with the first real chance of the match falling to Avilla Bergin, who could only shoot straight at Chauhan.
Bergin then went on a surging run through the heart of the West Ham midfield and defence before laying off for Graham to shoot just wide and Graham returned the favour with a whipped cross across the face of goal but Bergin just failed to connect.
It was in the 45th minute that the hosts eventually got their noses in front with Bergin crossing for Clifford who converted well into the corner. Shortly after that, deep into first half stoppage time, they doubled their advantage from the penalty spot.
As Bergin was winding up to take a corner, the referee spotted a foul off the ball – which appeared to be shirt-pulling on Grace Coombs – and pointed to the spot. Right back Southgate, perhaps a surprising taker, stepped up and coolly slotted the penalty into the corner out of reach of Chauhan.
After the interval, Charlton kept pressing and trying to extend their advantage, with Kim Dixson coming agonisingly close after prodding the ball past Chauhan, but a defender managed to get back and backheel the effort off the line.
The away side had few chances, with Albuery shooting ambitiously from long range but seeing it fly well past the upright.
Graham then went close to converting a Bergin free kick, volleying wide of the near post. The striker then showed quick feet to get the ball away from her marker and shoot goalwards shortly after but the strike was off target again.
With 15 minutes remaining, it was three; Bergin stinging the hands of Chauhan from long range – it was a good parry by the Indian keeper but Clifford was on hand to finish from an acute angle.
Seven minutes later, Graham was on the scoresheet, capitalising on a poor defensive clearance to stroke home one on one with Chauhan.
Shepherd, on her return from injury, had the ball in the back of the net after Chauhan had saved from Okeowo but was standing in an offside position so had it ruled out.
Okeowo then finished the tie a minute from time when slamming home at the far post from a Shepherd cross.
Charlton are back in action on Thursday evening, weather permitting, with a Ryman Cup semi final match against Worthing in Thamesmead. Next Sunday they are in FA Cup action against FA Women’s Super League side Sheffield FC, also at Thamesmead.
Charlton: Baker, Flack, Dixson, Sullivan, Coombs (Shepherd 74), Clifford, Bergin (Simmons 83), Lee (Okeowo 65), Graham, Bottom, Southgate. Subs (not used): Nash, Monaghan.