Addicks Double at Sporting Club Thamesmead Today
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 3:16PM GMT, Friday, 07 March 2014
Addicks fans can watch the men's FA Cup match in the bar at Sporting Club Thamesmead today before the Women take on Keynsham Ladies - KO 2pm
Stuart Weston hopes that Charlton women’s team can carry the momentum of two wins in a row into their next game against second bottom Keynsham Town at Sporting Club Thamesmead on Sunday.
After a disappointing 6-0 loss to Sheffield FC in the FA Cup three weeks ago, the Addicks have bounced back well, registering Premier League wins against Lewes (3-2) and Chesham United (4-0).
Now they have a team they have already beaten 4-0 away, with the chance to close the gap on the top four even further.
And Weston praised his players for their reaction to the Sheffield loss, saying: “We just didn’t turn up [against Sheffield], we didn’t play well and our work rate was poor.
“But since that game the work rate’s been excellent, our passing’s been excellent and the whole feel around the team has changed.
“The mood’s lifted, the changing room’s a great place to be and the girls are working really hard for each other.”
And that translated onto the pitch last weekend against bottom-of-the-table Chesham, who were on the end of what could have been a bigger winning margin.
A brace from Kit Graham and singles from Sam Pittuck and Emma Harrison saw Charlton rack up the win, with some impressive passing stats to go with it: an 80.7% completion rate from 566 total passes (457 completed).
He stats pleased Weston: “Obviously we went there knowing Chesham can score because they scored two against us last time. They were a hard working team.
“We got quite an early goal and moved the ball very well, the passing stats show that as we were around the 80% completion mark from over 500 passes.
“We just kept the ball well, we worked hard, we pressed them at the right times; they carved out a couple of opportunities for themselves but I think they only had one shot on goal.
“We wanted to keep the momentum going from the game against Lewes and we did exactly that and the stats show that pretty much everything improved from the game before.”
Despite their lowly league placing, Keynsham seem to have improved after the Christmas break – a 1-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion as proof of that.
First team boss Weston, therefore, pointed out the danger of games like this and hopes his side put in as professional a performance as they did last Sunday.
“We have Keynsham this week and when we played them there we beat them 4-0,” he added. They’re not a bad side, they have a couple of quick, good players.
“This week, Keynsham beat Brighton, who are quite a good side, so we can’t go out there complacent. We have to go out there really switched on, knowing that we have to be at our best again to get a result.”