Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 10:09PM BST, Sunday, 29 July 2012
The Charlton women’s team continued their impressive pre-season with a hard fought 6-3 victory away to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
Four goals in the final 15 minutes downed the home side after they had done well to come from 2-0 down to level at 2-2.
It was the Addicks’ second win in two days and technical director Paul Mortimer named a different team, giving new signing Sarah Jones her first run out after recovering from injury.
Charlton got off to the perfect start when another new signing, Emma Sherwood, headed a Gemma Bryan set piece into the corner of the goal against her former club after just two minutes.
The hosts should have been level soon after but a good cross was turned wide of the far post with the goal gaping.
Charlton doubled their advantage on the quarter of an hour mark. Sinead Boyer had an effort saved by the Spurs goalkeeper but Bryan was fouled when she pounced on the rebound and she dusted herself down to convert the penalty.
Five minutes later Tottenham were back in the game when their striker dispossessed Kim Dixson and fired a weak-looking shot past Megen Lynch.
A Cherelle Albert free kick then went narrowly over, as did a Spurs effort after an error by Courteney Gibson.
Gemma Bryan had the last chance of the first half but her effort from the edge of the area was well saved by the keeper.
The second half started quietly, with Spurs having two good early chances saved by Lynch but they went on to equalise on 64 minutes when their number 10 poked her second of the game under the Lynch’s body.
Lynch then made another good save before Bryan tried to create something out of nothing but her shot went well over.
The came an avalanche of goals as Charlton re-took the lead, scoring three in as many minutes. First Bryan released Kit Graham with a ball over the top, the midfielder squared to substitute Gemma Shepherd who curled a shot into the corner of the goal.
A minute later it was 4-2 when Bryan got free of the Spurs defence and coolly slotted past the keeper. Then Harley Bennett got in on the act, adding Charlton’s fifth after some good build up play.
Tottenham tried to get themselves back into the contest, with reserve keeper Alex Baker making an excellent save to deny them but the rebound was turned in to make it 5-3.
The game, though, was put to bed after Graham raced onto a through ball, rounded the keeper and had the simple task of passing the ball into an open goal.
The win kept up Charlton’s 100 per cent pre-season record, making it three wins in eight days against Premier League Southern Division opposition.
Another tough test awaits next Sunday as the girls travel to the South East coast to take on Brighton and Hove Albion.
Charlton: Lynch, Dixson, Bennett, Jones, Boyer, Gibson, Prior, Sherwood, Graham, Albert, Bryan. Subs: Baker, Yennaris, Flack, Clifford, Long, Shepherd.