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Sophie Blowers who netted the Reserves first goal of 2015
Charlton 5-1 CK Basildon Reserves
Charlton 5-1 CK Basildon Reserves
Report by Warren Clarke
Page last updated at 9:32PM UTC, Wednesday, 21 January 2015
The Reserves kicked off their 2015 with 3 valuable league points in the chase for the title
With games once again falling foul to the weather Charlton Reserves were finally able to kick off in 2015 after switching venues to play at home after Basildon`s pitch was declared unfit.
Both sides played some neat passing football and despite enjoying the lion share of possession it was Basildon who created the first shot on target as the played through the middle of Charlton released a through ball and the striker from a wide right angle struck the ball towards the goal which was saved by Megen Lynch.

 However it didn`t take long for Charlton to score the first goal as Hope Nash pick the ball up in the defensive third of the pitch to play Francesca Tye in a wide right position as she controlled the ball and drove past her marker into the box cutting the ball back for Sophie Blowers who`s well times run allowed for a first time strike into the middle right hand side of the goal after 7 minutes.

The Reds were on the scoresheet again this time through Francesca Tye as she raced on to a defence splitting  ball from Sharna Giordani with the keeper rushing out to make herself big Tye rounded the keeper and slid the ball into an empty net (10 mins).

With confidence high the Addicks were moving the ball quickly linking well between units with slick passing leaving the visitors unable to build attacks of their own. 

The third and final goal of the half came in the 16th minute as Clare Rogers had the ball in a wide area and took on a player was able to create some space for a cross which found Francesca Tye running into the box under pressure controlling the ball with the left foot and hitting a half volley with the right foot past the outstretched keeper to bag her brace. 

Not to be discouraged Basildon produced some resilient defending not enabling Charlton to create any clear-cut chances but being able to launch some counter-attacks of their own forcing a couple of corners which needed to be defended well by the hosts. 

Second-half began with the hosts making one change at half time Leigh Houlihan replaced Sharna Giordani. 

The reds  extended their lead as Kylie Manktelow raced onto another through ball chipping the keeper in the process making it 4-0 after 46 minutes. 

On the 50th minute Sophie Blowers should have scored her second after Kylie played the ball into Fran who crossed the ball into Sophie who made a late run to the back post only to see her effort go wide in what would have been the move of the game.

CK Basildon had and in what seemed like an impenetrable defence as the team was well organised and very compact making it hard for Charlton to play through and they got the rewards on 57th minute as high pressure resulted in the Basildon midfielder reacting first to the headed clearance with time to steady herself as the shot whizzed towards goal and into the net despite the best efforts of Lynch who`s fingertips were not enough to divert the ball. 

Buoyed by this breakthrough Basildon almost added another as some haphazard defending allowed the striker to once again collect the ball in the final third as she dribbled through the defence only this time being thwarted by Megan Lynch.

Charlton then made their third and final substitution on the 60th minute as Gemma Shepherd returning from the injury replaced Tori Campbell and within 10 minutes Gemma almost got on the scoresheet as the rampant Kylie Manktelow linked with Leigh Houllihan on the wide right who sent in a first time cross deep into the box as Gemma`s header across goal was denied by the post. 

Again on the 75th minute Gemma was denied by the woodwork this time as Kylie Manktelow delivered a cross into Olivia Cole who was bundled by the goalkeeper as the ball fell to Shepherd as she controlled under pressure to release a shot which struck the post.

Charlton for the best part of the second half were unable to replicate the intricate passing that they displayed in the first half and therefore through longer passes weren`t able to fashion as many chances as it did in the first. However they managed to score their fifth and final goal on the 85th minute as Kylie drove down the right hand side and cut the ball back finding Gemma as she shot first time finding the bottom corner.

The game concluded without further incident as the referee signalled for full time as Charlton claimed their first three points of the year. 

Manager Warren Clarke had this to say "We played some really attractive football during the game but we must work towards increasing the consistency if we are to improve our overall performance".

Squad: Lynch, Giordani (Houlihan 45), Richards, Nash, Blowers, Rogers, Monaghan, Barnett, Campbell (Shepherd 60), Manktelow, Tye (Cole 53). 

Player of the Match: Kylie Manktelow
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