Addicks looking to bounce back against Seagulls
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 8:22PM UTC, Friday, 21 August 2015
The Charlton women’s team are hoping to bounce back from a disappointing opening day result when Brighton & Hove Albion visit Sporting Club Thamesmead on Sunday.
The Addicks drew 1-1 with newly promoted C&K Basildon in Canvey Island last weekend, a result the club were not expecting. However, Kit Graham, top scorer in the FA Women’s Premier League last season, is taking the only positive she can see.
And the striker, who bagged an incredible 54 goals last term in just 38 matches, hopes her side can take the previous campaign’s form in this crunch match.
Brighton finished runners up to Portsmouth in the FAWPL South last time out, but were beaten twice by Charlton, 4-1 at corresponding fixture and 2-0 away in the FAWPL Cup.
Graham said: “It was a horrible to start the season that way but we can take the positive that we got a draw, we got a point.
“It’s only one game and we’ve only dropped two points. The league was very tight last year and we know it’s going to be tight this year. We’ve just got to put a shift in on Sunday.
“It would have been nice to get a win under our belts before we went into a big game like Brighton but there’s nothing we can do now.
“We can only take it as it comes, play our game. We know we can beat them; [we did] two out of three [times] last season.”
Goalkeeper Megen Lynch, who put in the player of the match performance against Basildon, making three crucial one-on-one saves to deny her opponents, agreed with Graham’s sentiment.
Charlton’s long-serving custodian, who will play her 165th match for the club against Brighton, pointed out it is a long season ahead, with plenty of twists and turns, and a win on Sunday would go some way towards making amends.
“It’s first game of the season, people still aren’t fully match sharp; it’s one of those things, it happens,” she said. “Hopefully we’ll learn from it, move on and crack on and improve.
“It’s not like it’s the end of the season, we’ve got the rest of the season to go and we can only improve on how we performed on Sunday.
“Anything but a loss would be great because [Brighton] are challenging for the title and are going to be well up there, like first or second.
“It just depends on the day; we played them three times last year and played them off the park twice then lost away to them. Everyone knows we have to step up against Brighton.”