REPORT | Charlton 1 Lewes 1

McKenna on the ball

Tegan McGowan’s 79th minute header saw Charlton come from behind to earn a point against Lewes in the Barclays Women’s Championship on Sunday.

The table-topping Addicks dominated much of the first period at The Oakwood but found themselves behind to Aimee Claypole’s opener at half time.

After the break, their dominance continued and they levelled proceedings when substitute McGowan nodded home.

The result keeps Charlton top of the table ahead of their FA Cup clash against Tottenham Hotspur at Brisbane Road next Saturday.

An early strike from Kayleigh Green forced visiting goalkeeper Sophie Whitehouse into a routine save inside the opening 60 seconds and, on six minutes, she had to be at full stretch to tip and Mel Johnson strike over.

The Addicks built a lot of early pressure but Lewes came close to breaking the deadlock on 19 minutes when Claypole had a clear strike at goal from inside the box. She was brilliantly denied by the legs of Sian Rogers, however.

Green went close again on 28 minutes, but her effort flew wide from 18 yards and low cross from the left then could not be bundled home by anyone in red.

Lewes took the lead against the run of play on 43 minutes. Claypole took aim from inside the box and, although Rogers got a hand to her strike, the ball trickled into the back of the net.

A huge block from the Lewes defence saw them get in the way of a goal-bound strike from substitute Freda Ayisi half-way through the second period and they did likewise on 78 minutes.

Charlton had been turning the screw all half and they did get their equaliser a minute later, with 79 gone.

A cross from the right was met by the head of substitute McGowan to bring the scores level. It was the least that Charlton deserved and they went in search of a winner in the remaining minutes but they were unable to get it.

Charlton: Rogers; Roe, N’Dow (Muya 90), Skeels, McKenna; Longhurst (c) (Ross 87), Filis, Humphrey (McGowan); Green, Addison (Ayisi 58), Johnson.

Subs (not used): Gray, O’Rourke, Bashford, Pearse.

Goal: McGowan 79

Attendance: 522

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