- Goals from Jay Blackie and Charlotte Gurr secure all three points
- The Seagulls break the Women’s Premier League attendance record
- Hollie Olding makes her home debut
- Albion return to the top of the league
A total of 3,256 fans braved the wind and rain to break the Women’s Premier League attendance record, which also beat the crowd of 3,180 spectators that saw Manchester City face Notts County in the Women’s Super League.
Charlton were dealt a blow early on when Charley Clifford was forced off injured after a clash with Deanna Cooper and was replaced by Ellie Baxter.
Jay Blackie opened the scoring in the ninth minute when her looping header from a corner beat Alex Baker in the Charlton goal.
Kate Natkiel could have doubled Albion’s advantage in the 16th minute, but her left-footed strike went wide of the left post.
The forward then put in a delivery that caused havoc in the box, which found Charley Boswell at the far post, but her shot went wide.
Boswell then turned provider for Natkiel and the latter’s strike from the edge of the box was tipped away by Baker.
The Seagulls won a free-kick on the edge of the box which Sophie Perry took, but sailed wide of the far post.
The Republic of Ireland international then cut inside from the left and sent her swerving effort just over the bar.
Boswell came forward again for Albion, but saw her shot cleared.
Play was paused again towards the end of the half when Amy Taylor clashed with Baker, but both players were able to continue.
The lead was doubled in style in first-half stoppage time when Boswell played in Gurr one-on-one with Baker and she coolly dispatched the ball past the Addicks keeper.
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It could have been three for Albion when Taylor got in behind the Charlton defence, but could not divert her shot on target.
Cooper then rattled the crossbar just moments later with a strike from the edge of the box.
James Marrs’s side began the second half with the same attacking impetus, as Taylor forced her way into the Addicks' box, but her subsequent strike was deflected wide.
Perry played in Cooper on the left-hand side and the latter’s shot went narrowly over the crossbar.
The Seagulls continued their relentless pressure on the Addicks goal, as Taylor’s strike went just past the right-hand post.
The visitors rarely troubled Faye Baker in the Albion goal, but Nikita Whinnett found space on the left but sent her shot wide of the left post.
Natkiel weaved her way through the Charlton defence following a flick on by Taylor, but Baker was on hand to make a low save.
The forward had another chance just moments later after being played through by Boswell, but saw another attempt fly just over the target.
Boswell played in Natkiel again and the latter’s effort was saved by Baker.
Boswell was involved in the thick of the action again moments later, after her cross caused mayhem in the box and resulted in the ball falling to Perry, whose effort was blocked.
It was a special moment for England under-17 international Hollie Olding, who came on to make her home debut, replacing Natkiel.
The Seagulls saw out the closing stages with relative comfort to return to the top of the table.
ALBION: F Baker; E Baker, D Cooper, Ashton-Jones; Boswell, Barton, Blackie, Perry; Gurr (Young 85); Natkiel (Olding 82), Taylor (Somes 76).
SUBS NOT USED: C Cooper, Ritchie.
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