Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 8:19PM GMT, Friday, 20 January 2012
The Charlton Women’s team host Barnet at Bayliss Avenue on Sunday knowing two wins from their two remaining games will leave them in a very strong position.
The Addicks have impressed in their first season back in the Premier League National Division and are currently lying in third place, which is a “very strong position for a newly promoted team”.
But technical director Paul Mortimer is expecting the Bees to be stiff opposition this weekend having been denied an away win by a late Renata Inniss goal just before Christmas.
He also confirmed he will put out his best side after giving some senior players a rest for last week’s 9-0 London Cup victory over Panthers.
He said: “I expect the same again this week. We should have won that last game [against Barnet] but what Barnet showed is that they are a tough side who won’t give up.
“They are very good up front and have a great striker in Stacey Sowden, who we will have to watch.
“We will put out our strongest side at this current moment in time because, if we win our remaining games, we will finish in a very good position for a newly promoted team.”
The cup game last weekend provided some valuable experience and a confidence boost for the likes of Emma Beckett, Courteney Gibson, who both got hat tricks, and Charley Clifford, who bagged a brace.
And Mortimer was pleased he managed to give 90 minutes to some players who have been injured or who have played a bit part in Charlton’s season this term.
He added: “Nine goals and a clean sheet – I can’t ask for much more than that. This was their chance to get 90 minutes under their belts. I didn’t want to make any substitutions. I wanted everyone to work as hard as they could for the full ninety minutes, which they all did.”
Charlton Athletic Women v Barnet Ladies
FA Women’s Premier League National Division
Location: Bayliss Avenue, Thamesmead, SE28 8NJ
When: Sunday 22 January
Kick off: 1400
Barnet (Last Season):
FA Women’s Premier League National Division: 5th
FA Women’s Premier League Cup: Winners (Drew 0-0 Nottingham Forest. Won 4-3 on penalties)
FA Women’s Cup: Semi Finalists (Lost 5-0 to Arsenal)
30 April, 2009, League: Away, Lost 2-5: Kim Dixson, Natalie Crinean.
6 September 2009, League: Home, Lost 0-1.
4 April 2010, League: Away, Drew 0-0.
18 December 2011, League: Away, Drew 2-2: Toni Alden, Fliss Gibbons