Charlton 6-1 Lewes Reserves
Report by Warren Clarke
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Charlton Athletic Women Reserves travelled to Lewes which, due to postponements, was their first encounter of the season.
The game being played on a rather small pitch started to no surprise at a frantic pace which neither team being afforded much time and space on the ball. However it was the visitors who made their mark after six minutes as Olivia Cole played a through ball to Stef Simmons who had her shot parried by the keeper only to see Cole rush towards the rebound which was also saved. The duo linked again on the tenth minute to deadly effect as a powerful shot from Simmons was saved only to once again see Cole react first and convert the follow up making it 1-0.
Minutes later Olivia bagged a brace as a deep cross from captain Georgia Richards found Olivia Cole with her back to goal as she stooped to flick the ball intelligently past the unsuspecting goalie after thirteen minutes.
Again Stef was involved in the build up as play as she fed a reverse pass into Kylie Manktelow who`s close range shot flew past the keeper to give the Addicks a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes.
Lewes then seemed to settle down and the young side began pressing higher trying to capitalise on the playing surface and force the errors but to no avail. Simmons who looked in fine form after an impressive start received the ball from a throw in and turned with her first touch knocking the ball into space before unleashing what seemed to be an unstoppable strike only the see the Lewes stopped dive at full length and divert the ball with her fingertips out for a corner.
Sharna Giordani was proving to be a handful for the hosts full back was replaced by Victoria Campbell after 34 minutes due to injury.
Kylie Manktelow was again playing with an air of confidence and maturity dribbled past a defender and poked the ball through to Simmons as the winger latched onto the pass and shot first time with the right foot into the right hand side of the goal as the referee then signalled the end of the half before the kick off could be taken.
Buoyed by their first half performance the Reds started with intent great link up play from the midfield saw the ball at Coles feet with her back to goal set the ball back for the onrushing Clare Rogers as her shot flew wide of the mark (48 mins). Then on the 52nd minute saw the play of the match as Leigh Houlihan regained possession in the defending third played the ball into Rogers who played a first time pass to Daisy Monaghan as she controlled neatly under pressure to play to Olivia who once again had her back to goal setting the ball to Clare as her clipped shot skimmed the cross bar.
Momentum had shifted in favour on Lewes as they pressed the ball well and regained possession however were unable to build an meaningful attack. The breakthrough came for Lewes after some great work by the right back was then emulated by the central midfielder after a powerful run saw the ball arrive in the final third as Charlton stopper Alex Baker rushed out of her goal to make a brilliant double tackle outside the box only for her clearance fall to a Lewes player who then completed the far from easy task of lofting the ball first time into the back on the net under pressure from Charlton defenders with the scoreline now 4-1.
But much to the despair of the host Charlton restored their cushion within a minute as Manktelow received the ball in the final third with her back to goal produced a quick turn to create a yard of space and let fly a powerful strike which took a deflection and whizzed past the wrong footed keeper (65 minutes).
Kylie then completed her hat trick on the 80th minute as a Clare Rogers free kick was cleverly headed into goal and give the visitors a 6-1 lead.
The game which had been officiated superbly was called to an end on the 91st minute securing the three points and extending the lead at the summit to five points.
"We had set ourselves challenges throughout the game to which we achieved the majority of them. We have some important games left so it is vital we are professional and focused in our approach". Commented manager Warren Clarke.
Squad: Baker, Nash, Russell, Richards, Houlihan, Simmons (Topcu 55), Rogers, Monaghan, Giordani (Campbell 34), Cole, Manktelow
Player Of The Match: Kylie Manktelow
Charlton Reserves are back in action on Sunday 22nd March when they take on Tottenham Reserves at Sparrows Farm, Sparrows Lane, SE9 2JR Kick Off 2pm your support will be greatly appreciated.