Yeovil Town Ladies suffered a first half capitulation yesterday, as they were comfortably beaten by Charlton Athletic Ladies. Back at their regular Raleigh Grove venue, the Glovers did not look at home during an uncomfortable 45 minutes that saw them concede four times before the half time break.
Addicks striker Gemma Bryan scored the opener as a free kick from the left flank was only half cleared, and Byan chippered the Glovers keeper to open the scoring on 11 minutes. Six minutes later and a solo goal from Stef Simmons doubled the away side's lead, with the route to goal again coming down the left as she surged through the Glovers half and into the penalty box, shooting into the far corner.
Charlton got a third goal on 21 minutes when Charley Clifford's shot from the edge of the post and Glovers keeper Rachel Simkin probably should have done better as the ball slipped in just inside the post. Then the fourth goal arrived nine minutes before the end of a poor first half when Gemma Bryan grabbed her second, darting between two defenders and firing home. Bryan could have easily grabbed a hat-trick before the half time whistle as first Simkin blocked a chance, whilst a second was cleared off the line.
The Glovers were far more organised and resilient after the break, and were perhaps a little unlucky that their second 45 minutes failed to at least give them a consolation goal, with Laura Bray and Anusia Rourke going close with chances. But the damage had already been done before the break, with the outcome somewhat disappointing against a side who started the day only one place above them in the table. On the plus side, their second half performance shows they can compete when they get it right.
Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 0 Charlton Athletic Ladies 4.
Update: There is now a full length match report on the Ladies Official Site News Page.
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