Charlton Athletic Football Club Women
1st team travel to League Leaders Keynsham on Sunday
1st team travel to League Leaders Keynsham on Sunday
Report by Sue Prior
Page last updated at 9:24PM UTC, Thursday, 17 March 2011
Paul Mortimer is looking for more consistency in the closing stages of the season as the Charlton Women’s team face one of the biggest games of the season on Sunday.

Report by David Brenchley

The Addicks travel to league leaders Keynsham Town knowing that a victory would catapult them into title contention, putting them six points behind their opponents with a game in hand.

Technical Director Mortimer has seen the good, the bad and the ugly from his side over recent weeks – fantastic victories over Reading and Brighton have been sandwiched in between disappointing performances against Arsenal Reserves and Liverpool.

He said: “We have a great game against Keynsham [next] and they are top of the table so it is a pressurised fixture. If we want to be successful and get into the [promotion] places, we have to beat them.

“[But] I don’t know what I am going to get at the weekend and that scares me because there isn’t a consistency to our play at the moment.

“We are halfway through the season now and I should know what to expect from my players. The last five weeks have given me two very good performances and a couple of really scary ones.”

Before the start of the season, Mortimer set his charges a target of promotion but has seen them sitting in mid table for a number of weeks now.

“We aren’t far from being a good side but being where we are in the table tells you we have not done it every week,” he added.

“The teams at the top are there not because they have brilliant every week but because they have been consistent. We have the top goalscorer in the league in our team yet we are mid table.

“That tells you something about how consistent we are. We have the top scorer so you know that if we create chances we will win games because she will score goals.”

Mortimer has mixed new on the injury front as experienced centre back Becky Duggan was injured in the warm up to the Addicks’ 5-0 FA Cup loss to Liverpool last weekend.

Duggan could be sidelined for a couple of weeks but 16-year-old winger Ellie Bailes could be back in contention after her injury and Mortimer said: “I think Ellie may be ready for Sunday, I hope so.

“I am looking forward to having her back because she has been missed. It is a shame she got injured at the time because she was playing good football. On the other hand she also needed a break so she should come back rejuvinated.

“Becky is a problem because she may be [out for] a little while so it is a chance for someone in the reserves to step up. We may have to reshuffle but sometimes that does you good.”

The directions are as follows:-
From the M4, leave at Junction 18, which will be marked to Bath
(A46). This is the first exit off the junction.
Continue on the A46, until it meets the A420, where you turn
right to Bath / Bristol (3rd exit on roundabout). This is the A420
going West. Now ignore the turning in 2 miles to Bath and
continue down a long hill and towards Bristol. When you get to the
small roundabout with the Griffin Inn on your right, ignore the
sign left to Keynsham. Carry on through Warmley, where you will
pass a cycle shop called Webbs, with a blue fascia, on your left.
Within 100 yards, you meet the roundabout with the A4174 Ring
Road. Take the first exit going South on the Ring Road, marked
Bath and Keynsham.
Go straight over two medium sized roundabouts until you meet a
larger third one called Hicks' Gate. This is the junction with the
A4. Take the 2nd exit here to Keynsham.
The road bends uphill to the left and then descends a hill.
At the bottom is the actual 30 mph sign and you will see a metal
overbridge over the road. Just before this, is a small slip road to
the left. Turn in here and left again into the second gate. This is
the car park.

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