Women's football: Inniss earns Barnet a point against Charlton

By Tony LeightonWomen's football correspondent
Stacey Sowden opened the scoring for Barnet against Charlton
Sowden (left) opened the scoring for Barnet with her 12th goal of the season

Substitute Renata Inniss earned Barnet a 2-2 draw with Charlton Athletic in Sunday's only Women's Premier League game to survive the weather.

Inniss scored from close range in the 83rd minute after Toni Alden and Fliss Gibbons had put Charlton in front on a cold day in north London.

Stacey Sowden had given the home side a great start after four minutes.

The striker beat the offside trap and then raced clear to fire home her 12th goal of the season.

But the Addicks hit back strongly and, after going close on several occasions, they drew level when Alden headed in from Gemma Bryan's 51st minute free-kick.

Chances were then squandered at both ends before Gibbons headed the visitors in front from a 77th minute corner by Alden.

The Bees refused to buckle and equalised again seven minutes from time, Sowden setting up Inniss to score from close range.

The result left Charlton third in the table and Barnet fifth, as the league went into its winter recess with the two top clubs looking set to battle it out for the title.

With only a handful of games left, leaders Sunderland are ahead of second-placed Leeds United on goal difference and both are seven points clear of the chasing pack.

On the final weekend before the league's Christmas and New Year break, games at Leeds and Reading were both called off because of frozen pitches.