Ad­dicks’ Shep­herd proves a real Gem

The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY - By Stephen Thomas

CHARL­TON Ath­letic con­tin­ued their un­beaten start to the sea­son and un­der­lined their ti­tle cre­den­tials with two wins in a week in the Women’s Premier League South­ern Di­vi­sion.

The Ad­dicks kicked things off last Sun­day with a 4-1 vic­tory over C&K Basil­don and fol­lowed it up with a late 2-1 win at home to

Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur on Thurs­day night. Bianca Bap­tiste ac­tu­ally opened the scor­ing for Spurs af­ter 11 min­utes but Charl­ton’s Gemma Shep­herd, who scored a hat-trick against C&K Basil­don, took her sea­son’s tally to six in five games with the equaliser.

Jenny New­man then curled an 86th-minute win­ner past the de­spair­ing dive of Spurs stop­per Toni-Anne Wayne to move the Ad­dicks up to fourth.

Else­where last Sun­day, the di­vi­sion’s top two met the two sides at the bot­tom, with nei­ther Ply­mouth Ar­gyle nor Queens Park Rangers able to up­set the odds against

Brighton & Hove Al­bion and Cardiff City re­spec­tively.

Char­lotte Gurr did the busi­ness for league lead­ers Brighton, slam­ming home a hat-trick while Deanna Cooper added another in a 4-0 vic­tory.

Al­bion are still yet to con­cede a goal in six games this sea­son, and top the ta­ble by a sin­gle point from Cardiff and Portsmouth.

QPR were left ru­ing their luck against Cardiff, as a dis­al­lowed goal cost them dear with sec­ond-half strikes from Michelle Green and Kelly Aldridge se­cur­ing vic­tory for City.

Portsmouth kept up the pres­sure at the top of the ta­ble with a 2-0 win at Lewes and

Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur beat For­est Green Rovers 2-1 at home. In the North­ern Di­vi­sion, Black­burn

Rovers moved above Sport­ing Club Al­bion in the stand­ings thanks to an as­sured 2-0 home win.

Lynda Shep­herd headed in Jess Hol­brook’s cross and Saf­fron Jor­dan dou­bled Rovers’ lead six min­utes af­ter the restart.

Hud­der­s­field Town and Not­ting­ham For­est played out a thrilling 3-3 draw. Emily Heck­ler opened the scor­ing for hosts Hud­der­s­field be­fore For­est drew level through Meg Howard.

The hosts were back in front just eight min­utes later when Kelly Ken­naugh was un­lucky to de­flect a wide free-kick into her own net, but For­est were back on level terms on the stroke of half-time when Andi Bell coolly con­verted a penalty.

Bell then put For­est ahead for the first time in the match af­ter half-time. How­ever, Hud­der­s­field were not done there and Heck­ler swept home a penalty of her own to earn her side a point on 77 min­utes.

Stoke City re­main top of the ta­ble af­ter an em­phatic 5-0 tri­umph over Guise­ley AFC Vix­ens, while Derby moved up to sec­ond with a 2-1 home vic­tory over Brad­ford City and Pre­ston North End notched up their sec­ond win of the sea­son by thrash­ing Lough­bor­ough Foxes 5-1.

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