Charlton Athletic hit eight at West Ham to close FAWPL gap

Monday 15 Feb 2016

Charlton Athletic closed the gap to FA Women’s Premier League South leaders Brighton & Hove Albion with a comprehensive 8-0 win at West Ham.

There were hat-tricks for Gemma Shepherd and Kim Dixson as Charlton utilised one of their games in hand to edge closer to the high-flying Seagulls.

Before Shepherd found the net herself, she played provider for the opening goal, feeding Kit Graham to slot home early on.

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Graham soon returned the favour, however, finding Shepherd with a well-weighted through ball to double the lead.

Dixson grabbed her first with an excellent volley before Stefanie Simmons made it four on the stroke of half time, converting a Jenny Newman cross.

The visitors didn’t hold back after the break and it was that duo again, with Graham squaring to Shepherd to score her second of the afternoon.

Her third wasn’t long in coming, Simmons providing the cross, while Dixson soon poked home from close range to double her tally. 

And her hat-trick was complete when Amy Howlett sent in an accurate cross for Dixson to volley home from 12 yards out.

Elsewhere in the Southern Conference, mid-table Tottenham Hotspur completed a routine 3-0 victory over bottom club Plymouth Argyle.

Avilla Bergin opened the scoring early on with a near-post finish, before Josie Green saw an effort well saved by Argyle goalkeeper Rebecca Kyle.

However, Kyle could do nothing about Rosie Kmita’s stunning dipping effort, which doubled the lead before the break.

And Wendy Martin completed the scoring 15 minutes from time when she collected a through ball from Bergin and beat the keeper at her near post.

Spurs first team manager Karen Hills said: "We could have gone on and scored a few more – there were a lot of one-on-one opportunities – but overall I’m very happy with the performance."

Meanwhile, there was just one game on in the Northern Conference, which saw struggling Nuneaton Town claim a 3-1 win against Huddersfield Town to move out of the bottom two.

By FA Staff