Charlton 5-1 Anchorians 2nds
Report by Gabin Sinclair
Page last updated at 9:43PM BST, Sunday, 13 April 2014
The Development team finished their season on a winning note with a five star show against Anchorians
The day started full of optimism due to the fact that there were 13 confirmed Charlton players making their way to the game.
By kick off that hope had been dashed as a casualty of the London Marathon as players were unable to make it through the blocked roads.
So we kicked off with 10 players, hoping the 11th was on her way.
The first 10 minutes saw much of the game taking place in the midfield where possession went from one side to the other from second to second, the only winner being the uneven Coldharbour playing surface.
On around the 15th minute the Anchorians forwards broke through on the end of a precision through ball to get a one on one with the Goal Keeper. Trying her best to hold onto the shot powered from just inside the area, Ellie Richards could not keep the ball from the back of the net. 0:1
As the Charlton midfield started to take hold of the game, retaining the ball and spreading it wide to stretch the oppositions, it was not long before debut girl Daisy Monaghan sent in one of many inviting crosses, met by Player of the Match Tori Campbell’s head and then passed the goal keeper. 1:1
The width of the Coldharbour pitch seemed hard for the Anchorian ladies to deal with as every ball played wide by Charlton seemed to be met with little pressure and before long, after a string of saves from the Anchorian’s keeper, Charlie Spice was taking the ball around the her to score in the corner, her 1st senior goal. 2:1
The second half was much of the same with the Charlton defence containing each attack effectively linking with the midfield and forwards quickly and affectively.
On two occasions Chana Hinds broke through the midfield and managed to score once, while Lauren Gurney playing on the left wing took full advantage of the link play with Tori and Chana to provide her with several 1v1 attempts on goal, where she found the back of the Anchorian’s goal.
Charlie Spice also added her second.
With little in the way of counter attacking or real periods of possession from the Gillingham based team, the game ended 5:1 with the opposition manager commending the teams ability to play so well with 10 players.
Team: Ellie Richards, Chana Hinds, Jaime Welch, Evie Rose, Melissa Mitchell, Daisy Monaghan, Amy Toon, Tori Campbell, Lauren Gurney, Charlie Spice