Addicks looking to go top with a win
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 9:01PM UTC, Friday, 21 November 2014
The Charlton women’s team will hope to take momentum from their second-half comeback against Cardiff into their game against Lewes Ladies at Sporting Club Thamesmead on Sunday - ko 2pm.
Going into the interval two goals down, the Addicks looked dead and buried in Wales last weekend. However, two long-range strikes from Charley Clifford dragged them level before the hour mark.
And, despite Cardiff again taking the lead from the penalty spot, Amy Howlett struck in stopage time to rescue a point.
And Clifford hopes her side can turn that 45 minute performance into a 90 minute one when they return to south-east London, where they boast a perfect record.
The midfielder, though, admitted Charlton had enough first half chances to have turned the result into a comfortable win and hopes that can be rectified on Sunday.
She said: “It was a bit gutting in the first half because I think we had the more clear-cut chances and we should have taken them. But we came out a different team in the second half and worked hard.
“Obviously we want to keep our home record up hopefully we can carry on the form from the second half into the Lewes game and it turns out a good win for us rather than a scraping win.”
Striker Sam Pittuck echoed Clifford’s comments, but expects yet another difficult contest, having seen what Lewes are all about five weeks ago.
Charlton came out on top in the reverse fixture in Sussex but it took a last-gasp winner from Pittuck to snatch the spoils in a fairly unmemorable game.
Pittuck, who was recently voted FA Women’s Premier league South Players’ Player of the Year,
“First half against Cardiff wasn’t great but we showed great resolve to come back and draw. I don’t think we’ve come back from a 2-0 deficit since the Swindon game so it was good for us to get a draw at least.
“I think we could have nicked it; we had more chances than them, but that’s what you get when our star striker [Gemma Shepherd] is injured.
“But we move on to the next game – another tough test. Hopefully we can take this second half performance into that game and not make it as tight as it was last time.”
A win on Sunday would take the Addicks to the top of the league with only one other match taking place due to theEngland Women's International at Wembley.
The game, played at Sporting Club Thamesmead, Bayliss Avenue, kicks off at 2pm, with tickets priced at £3 for adults and £1 for concessions.