Charlton Athletic Football Club Women
Midfielder Fran Ali in action against Reading
Addicks aiming for the top
Addicks aiming for the top
Report by Sue Prior
Page last updated at 8:24PM BST, Friday, 08 April 2011
The Charlton Women’s team go into this Sunday’s clash with West Ham knowing that a win will take them top of the table but they are not getting carried away with thoughts of promotion just yet.
Quote by: Fran Ali“We don’t want to settle for second place. We entered the league to win it and I think we can". Quote by: Fran Ali
Fran Ali

Report by David Brenchley


Midfielders Fran Ali and Pam McRoberts have pointed out that, whatever the result at Bayliss Avenue, there is still a lot of work to be done before they can start celebrating.

On paper the Addicks have the kindest run in, facing relegation battlers QPR, Brighton and Cardiff at home, but both players recognise that those games are always tricky.


“We can’t be disrespectful to teams like QPR because they can also make us lose [the league]. We just have to keep level headed,” McRoberts said.

Ali, who joined Charlton from Millwall midway through the season agreed, adding: “These next few games will not be easy because [teams like] QPR want to stay in this league so they are going to be fighting for their lives. We have to take every game as a cup final.”


Despite a bit of caution slipping into the squad’s mentality, there is palpable excitement at the prospect of lifting the trophy, as Ali demonstrated: “We don’t want to settle for second place. We entered the league to win it and I think we can.

“Sunday is a big game and we need to make sure our first half performance is better than last Sunday’s and we need to make sure both halves are like they were the Sunday before.”


A difficult run of games has so far seen Charlton gain nine points from their last three games against teams that are also challenging for the top honour.

The Hammers will also provide stiff opposition, as have Keynsham, Colchester and Portsmouth, and it is a contest that McRoberts is relishing.

“We know it is going to be an aggressive game,” she said. “But we will have to stick to our gameplan because we know we are capable of beating them – we were all over them last time and just about nicked a point.”


Sundays match at Thamesmead Town kicks-off at 2pm.

Admission to the game is £3 for adults and £1 concessions
Free entry for Charlton Athletic & Thamesmead season ticket holders and Charlton Womens & Girls Centre of Excellence players.

Food and drinks will be available in the clubhouse.

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