Despite scoring through Georgia Pilbeam, goals from Sharma Giordani and Francesca Tye saw Gillingham Ladies Reserves lose to a determined Charlton Ladies Reserves side in the FA Women’s Reserve League.
Gillingham Ladies Reserves manager Jason Wright was hoping for another good performance this week despite being knocked out of the Reserves League Cup last week against Sheffield Ladies. He gave a club debut to Charlotte Thornton who arrived at the club last week.
The game started with Gillingham on the back foot as Charlton looked to get the early goal on very bobbly pitch at Chatham Town FC.
And it was Charlton who took an early lead as a ball over the top came they way Tye and she raced away from Bonnie Long before placing a low shot past Alabaster and the ball zipped into the back of the net.
Gillingham did have a chance to get on level terms as Charlotte Long beat the offside trap and played through Pilbeam on goal but she tried to lob the goalkeeper Baker and she easily gathered the ball.
Ashleigh Loosemore then got through on the goal and tried to hit a cross to Pilbeam who was unmarked inside the penalty box but Baker again got the ball and denied Pilbeam the chance for Gillingham to level the game.
Gillingham then won a free kick in the middle of the pitch, Long drilled the ball into the box and Loosemore got at the end of it and drilled a low shot towards goal but Baker easily gathered the ball up.
Charlton then won a free kick, Claire Rogers drilled the ball into the penalty box but the ball misses everyone and it took a good low save from Alabaster to dent Charlton a second goal and the ball was cleared away.
Kayleigh Galvin then broke though on goal after seeing a good over the top though ball and she raced away from her defender to get one on one with Baker. She went wide to her right and tried to get up Pilbeam in the penalty box but she got too much on her pass and the ball went \way from Pilbeam and the ball was cleared away.
Gillingham then had a great chance to get on level terms as a free kick was drilled deep into the penalty area, the ball fell to Loosemore who had a shot which was well blocked but the rebound went straight to Kiera Daulby who hit a low shot from the edge of the six yard area and Baker did well to save low to left and deflect the ball out for a corner.
Half time: Gillingham Ladies Res 0 Charlton Ladies Res 1
The second half started with Gillingham on the front foot as they looked to get on level terms and Pilbeam had a chance to score as she broke through on goal and she tried to lob Baker from outside the penalty box but she mistimed her lob and Baker easily saved her shot.
Gillingham then got back on level terms as Daulby broke through and beat the offside trap and she hit a well timed cross to Pilbeam who was unmarked in the penalty box and she simply drilled a low shot past Baker and into the back of the net.
Both sides started to push further forward looking to take the lead in this game. But it was Charlton who had the next chance as Emma Harrison drilled a great pass into the box and Sophie Blowers hit a powerful shot towards goal but she got too much behind her shot and the ball went high over the bar for a goal kick.
Charlton then won a free kick to the left side of the penalty box, the ball was crossed into the path of Tye who headed a shot at goal but her header wide of the goal and out for a goal kick to Gillingham.
Gillingham then had a great chance to take the lead as some good work by Emily Lyons in the middle saw her win the ball and play in Pilbeam who held off two defenders and hit a powerful shot towards goal but Baker saved her shot well to her left and the ball was cleared away.
But it was Charlton grabbed the lead deep into the second half as a ball from Clare Rogers from deep inside the Gillingham half and she hit a ball to Sharma Giordani who got ahead of her defender and hit a powerful shot pas the hapless Alabaster and into the back of the net.
Final score: Gillingham Ladies Res 1 Charlton Ladies Res 2
Gillingham Ladies Reserves:
Imogen Alabaster, Georgia Reece, Bonnie Long, Charlotte Thornton, Ashleigh Loosemore, Charlotte Long, Emily Lyons (Capt), Kayleigh Galvin, Kiera Daulby, Georgia Pilbeam
Subs: Sophie Ledger, Annie Morrison, Lucie Heath, Nicole Gilham.
Charlton Ladies Reserves:
Alexandra Baker, Hope Nash, Jordan Butler, Leigh Houlihan, Olivia Cole, Clare Rogers, Daisy Monaghan, Sophie Blowens, Georgia Richards (Capt), Francesca Tye, Emma Harrison,
Subs: Keegan Russell, Sharma Giordani, Victoria Campbell,
Referee: Kenan Donan
Linesman: Matt Williams and Peter Worton