report | Durham 1 Charlton 2

Charlton returned to winning ways after a well-converted penalty kick from Emily Simpkins and a smooth finish from Melissa Johnson secured maximum points at Maiden Castle. 

It was a cold and crisp morning in the northeast but the game got underway in blistering style as The Addicks earned a penalty within the opening five minutes when Melissa Johnson was brought down in the box. Emily Simpkins stepped up and slotted her shot into the bottom left corner to convert her fourth penalty this season.

Just shy of the twenty-minute mark Durham were awarded a penalty of their own after a Charlton handball in the box, Beth Hepple drew things level after beating Rogers. 

The hosts then saw a bright spell in the match which witnessed both Rio Hardy and Hepple both create chances.

On the stroke of 40 minutes, Charlton were back in the lead after skipper Simpkins flicked it onto Johnson who saw her strike go in off the post.

Durham almost equalised on the stroke off halftime when Dee Bradley's shot was smartly finger-tipped saved by Rogers and then came off the crossbar and was cleared away. 

After the interval, the Addicks found their groove and controlled much of the proceedings. 

Charlton's first chance fell to Corinne Henson's whose shot went over the bar after a good build-up play.

18-year-old Tegan McGowan who earned her first league start looked energetic and bright for the Addicks she released a ball into Johnson in midfield who drove down the wing and into the box, the forward shifted the ball onto her right foot but just sent her shot wide of the post.

The hosts were then awarded a free kick which was hit well but Sian Rogers got up early and gathered comfortably.

Charlton continued to look dangerous all afternoon, Beth Roe found herself in good space and dispatched a shot but her chance went over.

Moments after Angela Addison broke into the box but the forward's strike could only find the side netting.

Addison's quick feet and pace meant she found herself in the box once again this time she was stopped by a well-timed Durham challenge, the ball then fell back to Simpkins who blasted over. 

Ten minutes from time Charlton almost made it three when Johnson saw her strike superbly stopped by Naoisha McAloon.

The victory sees the Addicks rise to fourth in the table heading into the international break. 

Charlton return to The Oakwood on Sunday, November 27th to take on Bristol City in the Continental Cup group stage. Click here for tickets.

Charlton v Bristol City

Charlton: Rogers, N'Dow, Johnson, Simpkins, Addison, Skeels, Rutherford, Roe (75' O'Rourke),  McGowan (83' Ayisi),  Henson, Ross

Goals: Simpkins (6), Johnson (40)

Booked (Yellow): Ross, O'Rourke

Durham: McAloon, Robert, Robson, Hepple, Farrugia, Hardy, Galloway, Salicki, Bradley, Christon, Clarke

Attendance: 611

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