Charlton and Cardiff City keep up their FA WPL charge

Sunday 17 Apr 2016
The FA WPL trophy

Charlton kept up their charge for runners-up spot in the FA Women’s Premier League Southern Division thanks to an impressive 5-1 victory over Plymouth Argyle.

Champions Brighton and Hove Albion were not in action, but the three points kept them two clear of third-placed Cardiff City with two games remaining – although the Welsh side have a game in hand.

Jenny Newman's first-half strike separated the sides at half-time, before Charley Clifford doubled Charlton’s lead ten minutes after the restart.

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And three goals in nine minutes for Gemma Shepherd, Kit Graham and Nikita Whinnett then put the game to bed, although the Pilgrims did grab a consolation on 76 minutes through Summer Taylor.

Cardiff too notched up a big victory, winning 7-1 at the expense of Queens Park Rangers.

Cori Williams opened the scoring from close range, and when Kirsty Bartlett doubled the lead with just 11 minutes gone it looked like an uphill task for QPR.

And even though Mariko Engles pulled one back, City scrambled home a third before the interval and Abbie Britton got in on the act to head home from a corner on 47 minutes.

Bartlett grabbed her second and Kelly Aldridge slid home another, with the tally going up to seven with 11 minutes remaining.

A 2-1 win at Coventry United meant Tottenham finished their season on a high, as they had to come from behind to claim the win.

Alison Hall headed the ball in at the back post for the hosts from Cristina Torkildsen’s corner on 18 minutes, a lead they held until the 78th minute when Rosie Kmita equalised.

She came off the bench in style and smacked the ball home with virtually her first touch, but her heroics were not done there as she also came up with the winner – a half-volley from the edge of the area.

And that result allowed Portsmouth to move level on points with Coventry, going fifth in the table on goal difference, after Emma Sherwood, Sarah Kempson and Gemma Hillier goals saw them beat second bottom Forest Green Rovers 3-0.

Meanwhile, Sporting Club Albion surged into third place in the FA WPL Northern Division thanks to a 2-1 win over Newcastle United.

The hosts led 2-0 at the break with Abi Cottam finishing superbly to double their lead, and although Newcastle replied with a late penalty they could not draw level.

Meanwhile, Emily Heckler bagged a late brace for Huddersfield Town as they ran out 3-1 winners at home to Nuneaton Town – who missed the chance to pull away from Guiseley Vixens at the foot of the table, although they still have a game in hand.

And Bradford City were able to leapfrog Nottingham Forest into fifth in the standings, courtesy of a 2-0 victory away at their mid-table rivals.

Rachel Lee’s volley put the Bantams ahead in the first half, with Demi Greenan’s free-kick just whistling over the bar.

And while Forest pushed for an equaliser, Bradford broke clear and Hannah Campbell swept home a trademark finish to make the points safe.

By FA Staff