Charlton 8-0 West Ham
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 9:03PM GMT, Sunday, 14 February 2016
The Charlton women’s team continued their high-scoring start to 2016, putting eight past West Ham Ladies for no reply at Hornchurch Stadium in the FA Women’s Premier League South on Sunday.
Gemma Shepherd and Kim Dixson led the way, both netting hat tricks, with Kit Graham and Stef Simmons following with one apiece.
The victory sees the Addicks move into second place in the FAWPL South, eight points behind leaders Brighton & Hove Albion with two games in hand.
Manager Jeremy Parsons initially made two changes from the team that put double figures past Newcastle last weekend, restoring Ruby Southgate and Jenny Newman to the starting line up.
However, central midfielder Ellie Baxter picked up a knock in the warm up, forcing Parsons to play Charley Clifford, returning from two months out with injury, from the start.
The late change may have contributed to a slow start, with very few chances being created early on, but Charlton came alive 22 minutes in as Shepherd threaded a ball through to Graham, who fired past Jodie Sanderson to open the scoring.
Nine minutes later, Graham turned provider, laying a well-weighted pass through to her strike partner Shepherd who slotted into the far corner to double her side’s advantage.
West Ham then contrived to give away possession cheaply to Dixson 25 yards out and the skipper fired a fine first-time volley past Sanderson to make it three.
A minute before half time it was four, and the game was all but over, when Newman floated a deep cross to the far post that was met on the volley by Simmons, giving Sanderson no chance from close range.
Shepherd had completed her third hat trick of 2016 10 minutes into the second half, converting crosses first from Graham and then from Simmons as Charlton continued their dominance after the break.
It was then Dixson’s turn to bag a treble on the day, the first of her career. With 17 minutes remaining the captain tapped home from close range before, three minutes later, volleying a Nikita Whinnett cross home acrobatically.
There was still time for more chances and Simmons was unfortunate not to finish with a hat trick of her own, seeing two cross-cum-shots veer goalwards but one hit the woodwork and the other slid narrowly wide of the far post.
Charlton: Lynch, Southgate, Flack, Pittuck, Coombs (Paye 68); Dixson, Clifford, Newman (Howlett 55), Simmons; Graham (Whinnett 61), Shepherd. Sub (not used): Baxter.