REPORT: Durham 2-0 Charlton

Durham Women continued their unbeaten start to the season with a comfortable win over Charlton Athletic.

First-half goals from Molly Sharpe and Lisa Robertson proved enough for the Wildcats, who withstood some late pressure from the Addicks to claim victory.

Lee Sanders made just two changes from the side that beat Crystal Palace in dramatic circumstances, with Beth Hepple returning to the line-up after suspension along with Ellie Christon.

But it was Charlton who threatened first in a cagey opening to the game, with Charley Clifford curling into the arms of Hannah Reid from the edge of the box.

There were few chances in what proved an evenly-matched start, and it took a real moment of quality to opening the scoring as Durham strung together a stunning move.

Robertson’s back-heel found Christon in space, and while her cross evaded Achterhof, it was rifled home by Sharpe at the far post.

Clifford then glanced a header wide as Charlton sought a leveller, with Charlie Devlin then denied by Reid.

But as Charlton pushed forward as the break approached, Durham struck to double their lead – Robertson’s long-range effort spilled over the line by Katie Startup.

The Wildcats continued to press forward after the break, with Megan Bell twice firing over the bar after fashioning good opportunities.

Achterhof was then denied by Startup from close range before Hepple sent a low drive whistling past the post.

Charlton struggled to threaten – with Reid only called into action once to deny Devlin’s powerful effort from 12 yards – as the hosts saw out their victory in comfortable fashion.

The win keeps the Wildcats top of the FA Women’s Championship after an unbeaten start to the term.

Durham XI: Reid, Hill, Robertson, Robson, Hepple, Sharpe (Gears 60), Achterhof, Bell (Greenwood 86), Salicki, Christon, Holmes

Durham subs not used: Borthwick

Attendance: 457

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