Manchester City Ladies FC
1pm kick-off for Sunday's home clash with Man City
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 12:25AM BST, Friday, 24 August 2012
Paul Mortimer believes he saw enough from his team in their opening game against Coventry to give him optimism for the rest of the season, despite losing 2-0.
The Addicks will bid to get their first win of the season in their maiden home game of the campaign when newly-promoted Manchester City travel to Bayliss Avenue on Sunday (kick off 1pm).
Admission to the game is £4 for Adults & £2 for Under 16’s and concessions. Entry is free to Charlton Athletic season ticket holders.
Entry is also free for Charlton Athletic Girls Development Centre players wearing their club tracksuit.
A goal in each half from Courtney Sweetman-Kirk was enough to give Coventry the three points in the season curtain-raiser last weekend.
With key players Gemma Bryan, Ellie Stenning and Fliss Gibbons injured, technical director Mortimer gave debuts to four players in a slightly weakened team but was happy with the performance, seeing his side go close through Charley Clifford and Gemma Shepherd.
He said: “I think we deserved something out of the game. They were sharp up front but only really had one threat and we didn’t cope with it as well as we should have and gave away two poor goals.
“We had a lot of possession without hurting them enough. We kept the ball well in spells but needed a bit more devilment in the final third.
“There is work to do, there is no disputing that. I am thoroughly disappointed we lost but it is not a disaster because of the way the girls performed.
“The way we passed it and the confidence the girls showed in possession augurs well for what we have ahead.”
The Citizens were promoted last season, winning the Premier League Northern Division by five points, and have strengthened well with players experienced at this level.
Mortimer knows it will be another tough test but that his players have shown they are up for the challenge.
“They have been recently promoted so they will be on a high and they will have experienced a lot of winning,” he added.
“They will be a difficult side to play against because we don’t know enough about them but conversely they won’t know much about us.
“We will be looking to show them that we can play and give a good account of ourselves, which I think we did at Coventry. The last two games we played against Coventry we didn’t stand up and be counted but this time we did, and that’s what I’m happy with. The performance was better, we competed better.”