1st Jul, 2022

FOOTBALL - Late Wilkinson strike rescues point for Coventry United Ladies against Charlton

KATIE WILKINSON’s 88th minute equaliser rescued a point for Coventry United Ladies against promotion-chasing Charlton Athletic.

Wilkinson grabbed a deserved point for the Red and Greens two minutes from time after Elise Hughes had put Charlton in front on 52 minutes.

The result means Coventry remain bottom of the FA Women’s Championship table on minus three points, 10 points behind nearest rivals Watford.

And United made a promising start when Katy Morris’s half-volley was saved by Charlton goalkeeper Eartha Cumings before a free-kick from 35-yards-out found the side netting.

However, Lucy Thomas made a stunning save to keep the scores level just before half time when she denied Katie Robinson when one-on-one from Cumings long ball.

And Charlton took the lead early in the second period when Hughes nodded in at the back post after Thomas had initially beaten away Lois Roche’s corner.

The Red and Greens responded with a chance of their own when Wilkinson drilled a shot wide from outside the penalty area.

Jay Bradford’s side were then indebted to keeper Thomas after she made another fine save to palm away Elish Sulola’s shot which was heading into the top corner.

And Coventry defended well to keep out substitute Emma Follis’s drilled effort from close range with an important block.

The home side were rewarded for their defensive resilience on 88 minutes when Wilkinson found the roof of the net after a corner fell kindly at her feet which marked the first goal Charlton had conceded since November when the Red and Greens scored against them in the League Cup.

Coventry are next in action away at West Bromwich Albion in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Sunday, February 27 with kick-off at 2pm at Sutton Coldfield Central Ground.

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