Amy looking forward to her Capital Cup debut
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 9:37AM UTC, Friday, 16 January 2015
Winger Amy Howlett has insisted the Charlton women’s team will guard against complacency as they prepare to begin their defence of the Capital Cup.
The Addicks travel to West London to face London & South East Premier Division side Old Actonians on Sunday, as they bid to retain the former London Cup trophy which they've held for the past two seasons.
Having been signed from Ipswich Town in the summer, Howlett was not part of the Charlton squad that defeated Queens Park Rangers 2-1 in the final last term.
Last season’s campaign started against the same opposition and ended in a 6-0 Charlton win and, like
She said: “We can’t underestimate them and think they’re going to be so much weaker because they’re in a lower league. We still need to turn up and play our game to get the result.
“I think the beauty of the cup is you never know who you’re going to get and you play teams you have never played before. We think we’re good enough to match anyone at the moment.”
Howlett described the Cardiff victory as “your typical cup game: extra time, 3-2, holding on at the end a player down”.
The former Ipswich Town midfielder impressed, almost grabbing an assist and showing great determination to close down a clearance from the Bluebirds’ goalkeeper just bounced unkindly for her.
That effort epitomised Charlton’s work rate late on in the game, after having been pinned back in their own half for the opening hour. And the PHSC plc Player of the Match believes the two-goal comeback, the Addicks’ third of the season so far, shows the character this squad has.
“I think we knew coming into it that it was going to be a tough game,” she added.
“We always seem to have to go behind to sort ourselves out but we came out second half, were much better and got the result we needed to get into the next round. It was a hard fight but we got there in the end.
“I think when you’re a player down in the first game after the Christmas break, we just had to know to dig in, work for each other and work harder, rather than let it affect us – that’s when we pushed on and really got hold of the game.
“I think coming together at the end with a man down just shows what team spirit we have. It is nice to have a good game personally but the win is what we needed.
“They are a really good team, they play it around really well so we knew what we were coming up against but I think we matched them and we got the right result in the end.”