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WOMEN REPORT: CHARLTON 0 ALBION 0

23 August 2015


 
CHARLTON 0

ALBION 0

  • A minute's slience is observed prior to kick-off following the Shoreham air crash
  • Lucy Somes hits the crossbar in the first half
  • Substitute Kim Stenning tests Megen Lynch with two strikes
  • Albion keep two clean sheets in as many games


Brighton & Hove Albion women have secured four points from their opening two games in the Premier League Southern Division, following a goalless draw with Charlton Athletic at Sporting Club Thamesmead.
 
A minute's silence was impeccably observed prior to kick-off to remember those who tragically died in the Shoreham air crash on Saturday.
 
The game between these early-season title favourites started as a rather cagey affair, with efforts from Kim Dixson and Sophie Perry the only opportunities of note in the opening 20 minutes.
 
But Albion soon grew into the game, as Lucy Somes saw her rasping drive cannon off the crossbar, before Charlotte Gurr's free-kick forced a fine save from Addicks keeper Megen Lynch.
 
Charlton had the first chance of the second half when Charley Clifford's free-kick was headed wide at the far post by Kit Graham.
 
Kate Natkiel was next to break forward on goal for Albion, but her touch was too heavy and Lynch gathered the ball.
 
The hosts had their best chance to take the lead when Dixson's free-kick beat Faye Baker in the Albion goal but fortunately it cannoned off the crossbar.

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James Marrs brought on substitute Kim Stenning in a bid to bolster Albion's attack and she almost had an immediate impact after Lynch was called into action to tip her shot round the post.
 
Stenning tested the Addicks shot-stopper again with a superb curling effort, while Gemma Shepherd had a chance for the hosts with a close-range strike.
 
Albion again came close when Perry found Somes, but the latter diverted her cross over after being unmarked.
 
Despite a number of clear-cut chances for both sides, the points were shared with Albion's defence yet to be breached this season.

ALBION: Baker; C Cooper, D Cooper, Ashton-Jones; Perry, Blackie, Barton, Somes (Young 70), Natkiel; Taylor (Stenning 60), Gurr.

SUBS NOT USED: Rowe, Baker-Carroll.

POST-MATCH THOUGHTS

First-team manager James Marrs, "Although we weren't necessarily great on the ball today, off the ball we were really good.

"Would I have taken a point before the game? Probably not, because we want to win every game.

"But we haven't lost or conceded, so I can't be too downbeat about it. I just felt that we could've been a bit better on the ball and created a few more chances. However, it's a clean sheet and we gained a point."

Assistant manager Lee Hayes, "A draw was probably fair on the balance of the game. We both had chances and hit the woodwork, although I would say that ours were the more clear-cut ones.

"If we were more clinical in front of goal, then we would've got the three points. But I'm sure that will come in the next few games."

UPCOMING HOME FIXTURES

ALBION V HULL CITY 

SATURDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, KICK-OFF 3PM


ALBION V ROTHERHAM UNITED 

SATURDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER, KICK-OFF 7.45PM



ALBION V CARDIFF CITY

SATURDAY 3RD OCTOBER, KICK-OFF 3PM



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